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Old 17th April 2007, 13:05   #1
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I am visiting the US and Canada. I need to be accessible by my family in case of emergencies, esp as my old parents are home. I was advised to buy a sim-card there under a cheap scheme, and use my GSM phone. I have a quad-band phone.
Any suggestions?
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Old 17th April 2007, 13:19   #2
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I Used Cingular, The Best!!

Covers Most Of The Urban Us Area. You Can Get The 'pay As You Go' For 15$ Only Valid For 30 Days. Get The Connection From Terminal 3 At The Jfk, In Just 5 Mins You Are Ready To Call....
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for US use cingular and for Canada use fido
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Old 17th April 2007, 21:46   #4
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fido and rogers are good for canada, on prepaid rogers would cover more area especially in smaller towns. fido is good and slightly cheaper and works best in the cities.
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I am visiting the US and Canada.
I switched from T-mobile to cingular and it's network is not as great as T-mobile.
you get different prepaid options in both, see which one suits you.

verizon is best but it's on CDMA.
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I'm looking to buy a pre-paid GSM card in the US that will be usable in Canada.
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Old 18th April 2007, 09:08   #7
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American prepaid cellphone plans are fairly backward... be prepared to pay for outgoing AND incoming... also RECEIVING text messages etc etc

With Tmobile i know they charge more to use it in Canada / Mexico...

Pick based on where you are going to be most, and who (Tmob / Cingular) has the best coverage in that area (i think they have coverage maps on their site somewhere...atleast Tmob does.

Also, i would probably just buy a diff sim card in canada (ie assuming cingular also has elevated rates for canada)

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Old 18th April 2007, 09:13   #8
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it will cost you a lot to use prepaid from US in canada, right now rate are near 20cents a min.
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Verizon has good voice clarity. If you are visiting US and Canada, Apart from using your Verizon you can use Gtalk, Yahoo or MSN to make calls to India or if your folks in India have broadband....they can call you on your cell phone (Verizon sim).. it is lot cheaper to call your phone in the US..rather than you calling them.
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Take Cingular. Verizon has lot of "fine print" which is so fine when that you will miss it, and it will haunt you in the bills.
All providers have this fine print, but Verizon has the finest.
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Hi, any one travelling to US and in need of a local number there can get in touch with me, I have AT&T prepaid samsung phone (Flip with camera) which I bought on my last visit and don't need it no more and can sell ..

please PM for details
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btw..in this phone..at&t to at&t calls are free, and rental is pretty cheap, i found it useful
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how about these various sim available here itself. like matrix etc.

I havn't personally used it, though.
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I got a AT&T prepaid last week, calls within the AT&T network are free however texting isnt - 'Pay as You Go' plan.
AT&T's coverage is unbeatable and didnt find any other operator come close.
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Suddenly saw this thread was bumped up.
I explored Matrix before leaving India, but some nagging voice in me told me not to go ahead. I was not happy giving them unlimited rights over my credit card. Any feedback from Matrix users?
In the US, my niece got me a sim from the neighbourhood mobile store, AT&T valid for 30 days, free incoming for 10 min per day, 20 $ outgoing calls, all for 20$. I think she got a discount or something since the manager was her boyfriend. Anyway it worked fine on my cellphone for the two weeks I was in the US, and I think I still had abt 3$ left on the card.
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