What cheap prepaid phone is good for travel between USA and Canada?
May 25, 2014 4:22 PM Subscribe
I need a prepaid "burner" phone for work in the USA later this year. However, I will need one that works in Canada as well, which was not an option the last time I was traveled with one.
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I will be in the USA in the fall. When I am in the USA I usually just pick up a cheapo "burner" cell phone like Net-10 or Trac-phone and top up the unit charges as I need.
This trip, however, includes several weeks in Canada. The last time (in 2009) I used an American prepaid phone in Canada my service would not allow me to call or receive outside of the USA. Any suggestions for a semi-disposable cheap phone / plan to be purchased in the New York City area that can work on both sides of the border?
Coming from Europe, I'm a bit confused when researching US prepaid plans. Providers like Verizon and ATT offer monthly prepaid plans for set fees. Are these similar to the "burner" phones I have used, where I just pick up a card at a drug store when I need to top up minutes, or are they bound for a contracted period of time? Can I just buy a cheap unlocked phone and stick in a new SIM card from one of these services, or do I need to buy a phone from them all ready to serve their wireless masters?