I am confused about my options for using voice/data/texting on my Verizon iPhone 5 while on a trip to Canada.
In August, my band is going on tour. We are going to be playing (I think) 4 dates in Canada -- two in Toronto, one in Ottawa, one in Montreal, in addition to some dates in the midwest and east coast of the US. (We are based in Baltimore, if that matters.) I would like to be able to use my phone while in Canada but I'm spooked by stories of people getting hit by insane data roaming charges.
Here are my specific questions:
1. Is my only option buying this $25 for 100MB thing from verizon
? That seems awfully steep! And $0.89 per minute for voice calls!!
2. Should I turn off iMessage so that I don't use my data plan for texts by accident?
3. Are there any apps I can install on my phone that will monitor how much data is being used (and by what apps) over a period of time (so I can judge just how far 100MB is likely to get me)
4. Is there any way to pre-download maps of certain areas (in Google Maps or Apple Maps or some other app) so that using the GPS won't suck up too much data?
5. If I had stuck with AT&T, would I be able to just pop in a Canadian SIM card and be done with it? (grrr)
6. Is there another solution I'm not thinking of?
Since I won't be doing any driving, I tend to amuse myself on the long van drives by listening to spotify, browsing the web, social media, etc., and I'd like to be able to still do some of that if possible without it costing eight gajillion dollars if possible.