Cell service needed in Squamish


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climberz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 90

Going to be in Squamish for june and need talk text data and ability to call usa.
Any ideas for cell plans. My plan here is kinda expensive to use in canada. Hoping for service at chief campground.
Thx.

Gavin W · · Surrey, BC · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 183

The Adventure Center in town has free wifi, so that might be good enough for your needs. Otherwise, many cell providers can set you up with a limited-time Canada roaming package, worth checking in and seeing how much that would cost before you try to get a burner (which will still cost a lot to call the US).

rocknice2 · · Montreal, Quebec · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 3,018

Is your phone carrier unlocked?

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Gavin W wrote:Otherwise, many cell providers can set you up with a limited-time Canada roaming package, worth checking in and seeing how much that would cost before you try to get a burner (which will still cost a lot to call the US).
I did this last year on a trip to Toronto. Verizon charged me $25 for up to a month of voice and data roaming. There was some sort of cap on the data that I don't remember, but it was also a reasonable charge if I went over the cap. I was also able to set an expiration date for the service. It took a quick call with customer service.
climberz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 90

Yes
Unlocked phone
Have at&t and they want 1$ per minute even with threats to go to verizon
Thought about getting plan in canada but guessing calling US is a problem
Thx for responses

DRusso · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 365

Google Chat App is nice to have when you can use wifi, you can video call, or send Gchat messages for free to people's email or directly to there phone if they have the app. Its free and the messages show up like texts.

I used this to talk to my girlfriend while she was in Poland. If you can access Wifi at places like the adventure center and plan out the day from there it won't cost you anything.

rocknice2 · · Montreal, Quebec · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 3,018

So if calling the USA is important stick with at&t and get a monthly travel package. It'll have calling within Canada and USA, international text and limited data.

Every carrier has coverage in Squamish but if you get a local Sim card you won't have free calls to the USA. You'll have more data though.

Facebook messenger is good at making phone calls too. You need wifi or data.

JRohde · · seattle, washington · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 105

Tmobile has prepaid plans that start at $50 that include unlimited talk/text/2gb of data that works in all North America. 65$ gets you 6gb. If you are out of contract you can port your number over as well, if you don't like their service once back in the states you can go right back to AT&T after. (Disclosure that I do work for Tmobile). Can answer more questions if you want.

JP

Martin le Roux · · Superior, CO · Joined Jul 2003 · Points: 234

Verizon's changed their international travel plan. It's now only $2/day to use your phone in Canada and you get your full domestic voice, text and data allowance. You’re only charged on the days you use your device (wifi usage doesn't trigger a charge). Calls to US numbers cost the same as if you were in the US, other than the $2 daily charge.

You can also get pre-paid Canadian SIM cards from any Petro-Canada gas station ( mobility.petro-canada.ca/de... ) or 7-Eleven ( speakout7eleven.ca ), no account needed. But read the fine print, the costs can add up if you're making regular calls back to the US or using lots of data. And if you're using a Canadian SIM card then incoming calls and text messages to your US number won't get forwarded.

climberz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 90

Thx for responding.
Went with t mobile
50$ voice txt 2gb data can call usa
But willmst likely b a problem to talk with canadians which is u bummer but...

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