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Cell phone for visiting Canada

I have a Virgin Mobile USA phone, which is useless outside the US. I'll be in Canada (Nova Scotia and Ontario) for two weeks, and while the idea of taking a break from little electronic devices is tempting, it actually would be kind of helpful to have a phone. What's my best (ie, cheapest) option? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Traveling to Vancouver. Pre-paid mobile data plans?

I'll be in Vancouver and the surrounding area next week. What's the best way for me to get data on my cellphone? Something like a prepaid mobile SIM card tied to a data plan. Just relying on wifi isn't an option as half of the time I won't be in the city. [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Best plan for unlocked Moto G?

I have an unlocked Moto G phone and I'm looking for a good prepaid plan, for only voice and text, preferably 100 minutes and 100 texts and very cheap. I should have probably researched this before buying the phone! I assumed I'll just look at the basic plans from major carriers and pick the cheapest talk-only plan -- but I can't even figure out which ones offer talk-only prepaid, and which ones will accept unlocked Moto G. It's amazing how hard they make it for you to give them money in exchange for service, oy. [more inside]
posted by rainy on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

What cheap prepaid phone is good for travel between USA and Canada?

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. [more inside]
posted by zaelic on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Best prepaid plan for iPhone 4s?

I previously had an android phone and was doing the t-mobile unlimited talk/text/data for $50 a month. Now I have a used iPhone 4s. I've never used anything made by Apple before so I'm a bit confused. From some research, it appears that data network is different and doesn't support 4g the same way so the t-mobile thing I was doing may not be the best way to go? Anyway, does anyone know what is the best deal for a (preferably) prepaid talk/text/data plan for the iphone 4s? Thanks!
posted by long haired child on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Need Cash Money!

I lost my debit card (misplaced?) and I am leaving the country on Saturday morning. I am traveing to a third world country and I was planning on using ATMs to access my money. Is there such thing as a pre-paid card that I can use in an ATM? It's too late to have a card mailed to me, so I want to pick something up at the grocery store. I am weary about cards that say debit that can't be used in ATMs. [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Nov 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Best way to get an iphone 5s for a pre-paid plan?

I want what I think should be simple: I want to buy an unlocked, no-contract iphone. I want a fast data plan with high or no limits. I don't care about voice calls or texting, since I rarely use either. What are my best options? (It would be best if I can use the verizon network, but I'll take any). Bonus points if you personally tried it and it worked.
posted by empath on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Switching cell phones from Cincinnati Bell to another carrier

My wife and I got HTC Sensation cell phones from Cincinnati Bell in Nov 2011. The contract will expire shortly, and I'd like to find alternatives that would save us some money. We're generally happy with the hardware, so I see little incentive at this point to get rid of the phones. Does anyone have any experiences, good or bad, that they can share regarding switching from Cincinnati Bell to a prepaid or other budget carrier? We would both need voice and data (though not a huge data plan), and my wife needs SMS messaging (I use Google Voice). Thanks!
posted by zainsubani on Oct 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Disbanding the family plan

My mom, my brother and I share a cell phone plan. It's not quite working for us any more. What's the best solution for three somewhat different users? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Sep 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Find me cheap month-to-month or prepaid cellphone plans!

I recently came back from Japan. I will be staying in Cleveland, Ohio for the next few months and need a cheap-ish smartphone but would not like to lock into a contract. Month-to-Month or prepaid seem to be the only viable options, but the only one I really know about is T-Mobile. Are there any better options? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Best prepaid cell phone option for emergencies-only phone?

What's the best prepaid cell phone option for an emergencies-only phone? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to get UK cell service with US phone

My husband and I are traveling to London later this week for a 10-day trip (yay!). For part of the trip I'm going to be at a conference, and he will be doing some work things, so we need to be able to get in touch with each other, either via voice calls or text. I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jun 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Cell phone options for a short trip to Canada

We're driving from NY to Montreal for a short 5-day trip, and we'll need to be able to make a few calls and/or send and receive texts while on the road. I've found a bunch of older answers to very similar questions (for example) but surely things are better by now? What are my cheap prepaid (I assume) options for a short trip to Canada? Is there a simple way to pick up a prepaid SIM card over the border and use it for the trip? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Apr 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there a catch to MVNOs?

Are there any drawbacks to using an MVNO/prepaid cell carrier? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Feb 19, 2013 - 19 answers

In search of a decent prepaid card

I need a card I can charge with money, online, for someone else's use in grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, etc. They don't need to be able to get cash with it. It shouldn't be possible for them to take out more money than I put in. This will be an ongoing thing, so I'd like to minimize fees. Has anyone had any experience with something like this that they liked?
posted by ubiquity on Oct 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Verizon prepaid plans and the internet?

Question about phones and plans for Verizon prepaid - do you have experience with them, and with the data plans, especially using the web on the $50/month plan? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Oct 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Non-crappy Android phone with decent signal/service/price??

I'm looking for a pre-paid android phone at a reasonable price (looking at the lower-end Androids since I'm new to them and I don't want to spend more than $200-$250). The only problem is that I have no signal in my apartment when it comes to Sprint/Spring-tower based carriers. AT&T Go Phones charge you extra monthly for a data package and I'd rather not spend more than $50/month. Help? [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Sep 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Mi-Fi router / prepaid mobile data in Philadelphia

Upcoming trip to the US; smartphone and pre-existing 2G US number. Does it make sense to get a pre-paid Mi-Fi router? [more inside]
posted by bokane on Sep 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Prepaid iPhone plans for Aussies road tripping the USA

Arriving in Los Angeles with Australian unlocked iPhone 4S in two days. Need a good data, international text plan with ability to hotspot to run a wifi only iPad. Pre-paid T-Mobile or AT&T seem the go. But what's the catch if any? [more inside]
posted by dinoworx on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Best pay-as-you-go cell phone plan for a few days in the USA w. a Canadian Samsung Galaxy S2

Is there a prepaid phone plan in the US that will let me use my Samsung Galaxy S2 at full speeds, for short visits (ie: without having to pay for a full month of use)? [more inside]
posted by Mayma Hosey on Jun 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Paying for old age care long in advance?

Can I pay for assisted living/nursing home/whatever now so that I don't have to worry about being able to pay for it when I need it? And assorted related questions. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 29, 2012 - 20 answers

roadtrip time. I have an unlocked iphone and need a prepaid sim card. which one should I choose?

roadtrip time. I have an unlocked iphone and need a prepaid sim card. which one should I choose? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Mobile broadband in Australia, but cheap

Seeking mobile broadband on the cheap in SE Queensland, Australia. [more inside]
posted by dg on May 3, 2012 - 9 answers

T-Mobile prepaid in Brooklyn

Now that the Galaxy Nexus is $399 unlocked, I'm thinking about buying one and getting T-Mobile's $30/mo. prepaid plan. I don't make all that many calls so the limited number of minutes is fine by me. I live and work in Brooklyn, and on account of that spend most of my time in the borough. There are some dated questions here that claim that service is spotty in Brooklyn— is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by akgerber on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Sacramento Friends: What are your experiences with Page Plus, Virgin Mobile, and StraightTalk?

Sacramento, CA Filter: What are your experiences with Page Plus, Virgin Mobile, and StraightTalk? Leaning toward Page Plus for their coverage map and price point. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Cheapest way to use Iphone 3 for minimal use/no data?

My wife would like to use our off contract Iphone 3g to use VERY infrequently (less than 20 minutes/mo?) with no data plan needed. Any suggestions about how BEST to do this on the cheap? In Hawaii if that matters. Prepaid?
posted by dougiedd on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

So many droids, which to choose?

My husband is very interested in getting an Android phone that can do the Swype texting (I think that's any Android, actually, but I could be wrong). What is the best option for him? [more inside]
posted by litnerd on Jul 19, 2011 - 15 answers

inexpensive 3g internet in France

What is the best option for inexpensive/prepaid 3G mobile internet (on an Android phone) in France? Preferably with SFR. [more inside]
posted by blub on Jun 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Best prepaid cellphone service for travelling around northern europe?

I have a friend who will be travelling in Europe this summer. She'll be in Iceland for a few days, then Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and finally Stockholm. She'll be travelling with an unlocked iphone 3GS. What are her best options for prepaid cellphone service? There wouldn't happen to be a single company that could cover her for most of northern europe, would there?
posted by heathkit on Jun 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Canadian Prepaid Phones

What's the cheapest prepaid cell phone I can get in Canada and how can I set it up without a computer? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jun 11, 2011 - 5 answers

What is the cheapest prepaid WiFi in Australia?

What is the cheapest pre-paid WiFi internet is Australia?
posted by Bacillus on Apr 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Instant prepaid card?

Is there any way to get a prepaid credit card in Los Angeles, CA without having a permanent contact address? I'm based in London but spending a week in LA and I'd love to use it as a chance to sign up with the Rhapsody music service via a US card if I can find one. So are there any cards that don't need proof of address and that I can sign up to immediately?
posted by skylar on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Why are these cell plans sold this way?

Can you explain Australian prepaid phone service to me? Why do you get more credit than the dollars you paid? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 11, 2011 - 12 answers

I want a clever dumbphone.

I'm mostly happy with my Nokia 2330 (weeklong battery life, ultraslim and light candybar, disappears in my pocket, holds up to light abuse), but am getting tired of the slow messaging. The inbox and other sections/menus take forever to load, and I seem to type faster than the phone's little processor can handle. If the messaging was speedier, it would be perfect. But it isn't, and I'd like to upgrade. What should I be looking at next? I'd like to keep the features I like, but have a speedier phone. I only text and (barely) call. I will be prepaid with AT&T or T-Mobile.
posted by Xere on Jan 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Keep me wired in Puerto Vallarta!

Does anyone know if I can get a prepaid micro sim (with data!) that works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Data is actually more important than minutes - I'm taking my factory unlocked iPhone, and would really prefer not to have to rely on sketchy wifi while I'm there. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 8, 2010 - 2 answers

I just want to organize my time, not spend it shopping for phones

A world of mobile choices, and none of them fits. How can I find an affordable basic camera phone without a data plan that lets me back up its data? [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Nov 28, 2010 - 17 answers

Prepaid cell phone in the US?

Looking for a prepaid phone in the US. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Oct 19, 2010 - 5 answers

T-Mobile prepaid phone science please

Suggestions for a T-Mo prepaid phone model? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Sep 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Cheap cellphone + travel = family not freaking out = profit!

What are the cheapest options for pre-paid cellphones for a traveler in the US and UK? [more inside]
posted by zennish on Sep 15, 2010 - 4 answers

You want HOW much?!

Any recommendations for prepaid wireless for a laptop in the Netherlands that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Sep 7, 2010 - 2 answers

J'espère que cela ne coûtera pas les yeux de la tête

What's the best value prepaid SIM card for a week long visit to France, averaging...say...15-30 minutes of talk + 100 MB of data per day? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Aug 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Disposable cell phone

I'm a Canadian planning a trip to the Disney World this fall. My current cell phone has ridiculous roaming rates, so I won't be bringing it with me. I live very close to the border, and thought I would go over the border and buy a cheap prepaid phone a few weeks before my trip, so that I can activate it, and give the number out to people before I go. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by MagicEightBall on Jun 15, 2010 - 8 answers

US pre-paid plan for HTC Tattoo phone?

Where, if anywhere, can I get a short-term pre-paid plan for a HTC Tattoo (Android) phone in the US? [more inside]
posted by wiskunde on May 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Because it's the phone I deserve. Just not the one I need right now.

Do I really want an Android phone? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Travelling with an iPhone in the Canadian mobile dinosaur age.

Is mobile prepaid data available in Canada? My friend is looking for options to use with his unlocked iPhone while visiting Montreal. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe on May 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I use Google Voice for voicemail without a real phone number?

Another ditch-the-cell-phone-bill/Google Voice question: Google Voice made me give them my cell phone number (800-OLD-CELL) when I signed up, and then assigned me a new number (800-GGL-VOIC). However, I don't have calls forwarded from the Google Voice number to my actual cell phone - Instead, everything goes to voicemail. What happens if I cancel my old cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on May 1, 2010 - 8 answers

What should I do with a spare mobile phone?

I have an extra prepaid mobile phone. What cool things can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Mar 12, 2010 - 9 answers

India mobile carrier recommendation (pre-paid plan)

Can someone recommend a mobile carrier in India? Specific pre-paid recommendations would be helpful as well. [more inside]
posted by purephase on Feb 28, 2010 - 9 answers

What's the best prepaid credit card?

What's the best prepaid credit card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 - 6 answers

WTB: Good prepaid SIM card for someone who never uses their phone.

What's the best option for prepaid cell minutes in the USA (Philadelphia) if I already own an unlocked GSM phone? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

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