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I'm heading to Chicago and I have an unlocked iPhone with Koodo which doesn't have a Roam Like Home feature that Rogers offers. What's my best bet in terms of getting wireless data while I'm in Chicago?
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enigma54 wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 1:39 pm
I'm heading to Chicago and I have an unlocked iPhone with Koodo which doesn't have a Roam Like Home feature that Rogers offers. What's my best bet in terms of getting wireless data while I'm in Chicago?
When are you leaving? Best deals are to be had if you have at least 2-3 weeks until your departure so you can order a SIM on eBay/Amazon. Assuming you don't have this time there are very few options once you get there (most deals are online-only with SIM shipped to you). In store I think the cheapest is AT&T SIM (free if you get it from AT&T store or $9.99 at Target) and $15 top-up. Then activate the $2/day plan and $1/day 100MB data. If you don't make/accept any calls/text in a day only the data plan will be charged (so $1) so in the best case scenario you will get 1.5GB data valid for 15 days out of your $15 top-up. I think that's the cheapest solution if you must get it in a physical store.
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 2:21 pm
Tmobile has a tourist plan that lasts 3 weeks. It gives you 1,000 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and data, with up to 2GB of 4G LTE data.

https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pre ... urist-plan
The 2 Gb LTE plan of Roammobility costs Can$30 for a month. The SIM $10 is available physically in Canada in a lot of locations. And one can have things set up in advance in Canada
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 2:21 pm
Tmobile has a tourist plan that lasts 3 weeks. It gives you 1,000 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and data, with up to 2GB of 4G LTE data.

https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pre ... urist-plan
Their tourist plan is not easy to get. Doesn't it require a US-issued credit card or social security number?
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Wireless 1 line w/ Virgin on QC plan, few lines w/ Koodo to get phones, couple FreedomPop SIM's for roaming
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titaniumtux wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 11:47 pm
Their tourist plan is not easy to get. Doesn't it require a US-issued credit card or social security number?
Nope just prepaid. You sign up at a tmo store.
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 11:56 pm
Nope just prepaid. You sign up at a tmo store.
That makes it easy. Is it possible to order the sim cards on eBay prior to the trip, then activating over the phone?
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 2:21 pm
Tmobile has a tourist plan that lasts 3 weeks. It gives you 1,000 minutes of talk, unlimited texts and data, with up to 2GB of 4G LTE data.

https://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/pre ... urist-plan
T-Mobile SIM is what i use. Canadian credit card and got a San Diego number at the time. Still top it up at $10 /year to keep the number.
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titaniumtux wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 12:15 am
That makes it easy. Is it possible to order the sim cards on eBay prior to the trip, then activating over the phone?
Looks like you can just activate it online as long as you have a sim card with the activation code and imei. I'm guessing the tourist kit includes the airtime voucher, sim and plan details.
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danieltoronto wrote:
Aug 12th, 2017 6:38 pm
The 2 Gb LTE plan of Roammobility costs Can$30 for a month. The SIM $10 is available physically in Canada in a lot of locations. And one can have things set up in advance in Canada
Thanks for the heads up! I saw Roam sims at Petro Canada today. The only thing I dislike about Roam is the fact they change their rates often. I know time is a huge factor in getting service. I spent many times hunting down tmo locations getting sims or activating Tracfones.
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 12:59 am
Thanks for the heads up! I saw Roam sims at Petro Canada today. The only thing I dislike about Roam is the fact they change their rates often. I know time is a huge factor in getting service. I spent many times hunting down tmo locations getting sims or activating Tracfones.
AFAIK, their daily (talk/text/data) and pure data rate hardly change at all the last few years. I use their data at least 4 times a year. The only catch is driving trip as LTE coverage applies only to populated area. Not the highway.
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 12:18 am
T-Mobile SIM is what i use. Canadian credit card and got a San Diego number at the time. Still top it up at $10 /year to keep the number.
RM does not need top up. You need to buy something once a year.
Say you used RM Jan 1, you need to pay Can$3 Dec 31 ( for using 1 day)

@deelogic. It sounds like you are an infrequent user. RM costs less to keep the account in the long run
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titaniumtux wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 12:15 am
That makes it easy. Is it possible to order the sim cards on eBay prior to the trip, then activating over the phone?
It doesn't make sense to get Tmo if you have time to order online. You can get Freedompop or any of the MVNOs like H2O which go for ultracheap on eBay and have access to the superior AT&T network.
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deelogic wrote:
Aug 13th, 2017 12:59 am
Thanks for the heads up! I saw Roam sims at Petro Canada today. The only thing I dislike about Roam is the fact they change their rates often. I know time is a huge factor in getting service. I spent many times hunting down tmo locations getting sims or activating Tracfones.
RM is a Canadian company. But I am not suggesting that you should favour it just because of it is Canadian. Its plan is geared for Canadians going south:
(i) It takes Canadian credit card in Can$ and the SIM are available in local shops
(ii) its talk/text plan includes unlimited call back home. That is critical if your use of the phone (call back home/office) is indispensible. T Mobile+ AT&T prepaid (unlike long term) plans do not have that.
Daniel

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