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Best trick for data-only sim ?

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Best trick for data-only sim ?

Roaming sim or tablet plan in a cellphone ? (Quebec)
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batcave wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 9:23 am
I use a T-mobile (US) data plan. It roams in Canada on bell/telus. The rates start from US$10/2gb and $25/6gb per month and up.

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Is this paid monthly or yearly ? Can I buy the sim card say in November and activated in December and use it only for a month and not use it again ?
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tkl wrote:
Sep 16th, 2018 8:43 pm
Is this paid monthly or yearly ? Can I buy the sim card say in November and activated in December and use it only for a month and not use it again ?
It is monthly.

If you are in the US, you can just insert the unactivated SIM into a device and it will take you to a landing page to setup the account. This is how I setup my data plans on the past. This might work in Canada also but I've never tried.

You can also call the TMobile support line to get it setup.
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batcave wrote:
Sep 16th, 2018 9:45 pm
It is monthly.

If you are in the US, you can just insert the unactivated SIM into a device and it will take you to a landing page to setup the account. This is how I setup my data plans on the past. This might work in Canada also but I've never tried.

You can also call the TMobile support line to get it setup.
Don't you need a US credit card to activate the service? I have a T mobile sim with me and tried to activate on line but I can't pay for it with my Canadian credit card.
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Kursor17 wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 8:29 am
If your data usage is close to <3GB/month, then get:
Fido 3GB Tablet Plan $15/month ($180/year)
They usually require a monthly talk plan before they let you get the tablet plan.
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Tobsterboi wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 1:33 am
Don't you need a US credit card to activate the service? I have a T mobile sim with me and tried to activate on line but I can't pay for it with my Canadian credit card.
A couple of ways around this,
  1. If you have an amex, have a US address as an alternate address. You might get charged sales tax this way.
  2. Buy t-mobile credit online, at callingmart or target
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There's also the Koodo $15 3GB data-only tablet SIM, works just fine in a phone. You need to be logged into a postpaid Koodo account to see the tablet plan listed (direct link), you can order online for a free SIM without the $35 connection fee. Complete overage control with Koodo, none on Fido - at $100/GB you don't want to go over (still $10/GB on Fido). If you're actually needing a tablet Fido has better options, and text addons. Koodo requires a regular voice plan on the account, no reports on enforcement.

The $10/2GB T-mobile option is 13.29 CAD, currently. Not worth the trouble if you can get a 3GB SIM for $15.

Free inbound SMS on a data SIM is handy, for authorization texts.

Best trick for a data-only SIM is setting up a proper VoIP service.
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pjw918 wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 8:38 am
The $10/2GB T-mobile option is 13.29 CAD, currently. Not worth the trouble if you can get a 3GB SIM for $15.
T-mobile is no tax when purchased with vouchers. Canada is $15 plus tax. Next T-Mo data level is $25/6GB, better value imho

T-mobile also roams in Canada and Mexico, plus get T-Mobile Tuesdays for free stuff like pandora, mlb.com, pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts...

You can also get T-Mo service for virtually nil by buying a $100 airtime credit and getting a free phone (ongoing promotion) and then selling the phone. The phone can be unlocked immediately with the $100 airtime purchase. The prepaid plan includes 10gb of data. They indicate there is 5gb roaming restriction, but I have used in excess of 20gb in a month in Canada previously.
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The T-mobile option is viable and attractive, especially if you have use for it in the US or Mexico Just not convenient to set up initially. It does have the benefit of not 'requiring' a voice plan.
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How do I get the koodo plan if I am not currently koodo customer?
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batcave wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 11:04 am
How do I get the koodo plan if I am not currently koodo customer?
You can't. Unless you have an accomodating friend / family member (who can set the appropriate overage controls). Whether you could cancel a voice plan and keep the tablet plan remains to be seen.
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batcave wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 8:20 am
A couple of ways around this,
  1. If you have an amex, have a US address as an alternate address. You might get charged sales tax this way.
  2. Buy t-mobile credit online, at callingmart or target
Thanks for the info. I'm looking at the callingmart site I can buy exactly $25 worth for the 6gb plan. Will try that out! 6gb in the US and 5gb in Canada haha
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Tobsterboi wrote:
Feb 8th, 2019 12:54 pm
Thanks for the info. I'm looking at the callingmart site I can buy exactly $25 worth for the 6gb plan. Will try that out! 6gb in the US and 5gb in Canada haha
I think you could probably use all 6gb in Canada. I've used 20gb in a month before. There is not a 5gb limitation on data plans, but the fine print for data plans is different,
Prepaid Mobile Internet Service: Service available for time period and/or usage amount provided by Pass. For time period, a day is 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., Pacific time. Usage rounded up to the nearest MB each session. Only one Pass may be active at a time. Account suspended after 365 days of inactivity. Domestic use only for on-demand passes; U.S./Canada/Mexico use only for monthly recurring passes. No U.S. roaming. Data only; does not include voice, messaging or Wi-Fi services. Usage applied first to on demand passes, next to free data, then monthly Mobile Internet allotment. $10 SIM Starter Kit may be required. Sufficient balance required to use services. Additional charges apply for international use. Add’l usage taxed in some countries. Full speeds available up to monthly allotment, including tethering; then slowed to up to 2G speeds for rest of service period. Certain uses, e.g., some speed test apps, may not count against high-speed data allotment or have speeds reduced after allotment reached. Not for extended international use; you must reside in the U.S. and primary usage must occur on our U.S. network. Service may be terminated or restricted for excessive roaming.
I've been on the data plan since 2015 without any issues.

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