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June 7, 2010 7:49 PM Subscribe
Best way for a Canadian to have a cell phone in the US?
posted by pseudostrabismus to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a Canadian who travels to the US for about a week every 2-3 months, usually to NYC, Pennsylvania or Los Angeles. The roaming charges on my Canadian cell phone (the name of the specific carrier rhymes with Hell) are exorbitant. I do not understand what SIM cards are or how they work, and my current cell phone is a crappy free one that came with my plan, so I don't know if it's "unlockable" or whatever. I would like to have easy, cheap cell phone access while I'm in the States.
Should I buy a cheap phone and a prepaid plan, then just carry that phone when I travel? I looked at the prepaid options on offer at one company (rhymes with Pee Mobile) and it was about $20 for a phone, then between 10-30 cents / minute for airtime (those minutes expire after 90 days) depending on how many minutes I were to buy at a time, and 5-10 cents per text message.
I have no context; Is this a good deal? Is there a better deal to be had, or a better strategy?
If your advice involves my having to physically open up my phone and tinker with things to switch it, please explain it to me like I'm six years old.