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 Last time we went to Canada we added the $2.99 canada roaming (for $0.20 phone calls) and bought a Wind Mobile hotspot. Cost was CAD35 for 1 month, 10Gb HSDPA data. For CAD15 extra, you can roam on Tmobile + some ATT 3G in the US.

 

Wind only works in a few cities ( Windsor, London, GTA, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton) but is the best value if you want a cheap hotspot. Expect 1-3Mb/sec.

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Last time we went to Canada we added the $2.99 canada roaming (for $0.20 phone calls) and bought a Wind Mobile hotspot. Cost was CAD35 for 1 month, 10Gb HSDPA data. For CAD15 extra, you can roam on Tmobile + some ATT 3G in the US.

 

Wind only works in a few cities ( Windsor, London, GTA, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton) but is the best value if you want a cheap hotspot. Expect 1-3Mb/sec.

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I'm probably going to be going to Toronto and/or Montreal for a few days later this year. Just so I'm clear, if I use Wi-Fi calling, I wouldn't be charged for calls/text/MMS made to or received from the U.S., correct? What about if I call/text a Canadian number while I'm in Canada?

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2nd update: Based on what I am reading on Sprint's International Roaming page for Canada, CDMA roaming is no longer available. The only roaming networks that are listed now are:

 

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How do I find this page?

 

Edit: Forget it. I found it.

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A few months have passed so I thought I'd check in. She has come and gone to Canada several times without adding anything at all - SMS works fine for sending and receiving and she can receive calls with no charge. The last time she was there she needed to make calls and tacked up $27 of charges for that. She made it a point to turn off her data connection, but one time used about 200 KB which was about $1 and a change.

 

She just left to spend three whole weeks there, so she had me add data roaming. The Canada-Mexico data pack is $30 for 55MB ... Somewhat outrageous! Some website I checked said it would be 1x, but she says her iPhone 6 is stating 3G. In a screen shot she sent me it looks like it's roaming on Bell Canada in Montreal.

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A few months have passed so I thought I'd check in. She has come and gone to Canada several times without adding anything at all - SMS works fine for sending and receiving and she can receive calls with no charge. The last time she was there she needed to make calls and tacked up $27 of charges for that. She made it a point to turn off her data connection, but one time used about 200 KB which was about $1 and a change.

 

She just left to spend three whole weeks there, so she had me add data roaming. The Canada-Mexico data pack is $30 for 55MB ... Somewhat outrageous! Some website I checked said it would be 1x, but she says her iPhone 6 is stating 3G. In a screen shot she sent me it looks like it's roaming on Bell Canada in Montreal.

1X is 3G, I'm not sure if the iPhone reports them differently. I know in lollipop, android stopped showing 1X separately.

 

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1X is 3G, I'm not sure if the iPhone reports them differently. I know in lollipop, android stopped showing 1X separately.

 

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The iPhone displays it as 1x, and EVDO as 3G.

 

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I feel like MMS messages are weird, they use data but Sprint doesn't count them as data. But I have a friend on ting with data blocked and they can't send picture messages.

 

Does the iPhone 6 have WiFi calling?

I thought MMS was data useage too lol

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So, the other day she told me her iPhone 6 randomly switched from saying "Bell" to "Rogers" and hasn't gone back. She is in Montreal. What could explain the switch? I thought Rogers was a GSM network.

As far as I know, Bell is only offering UMTS roaming for Sprint customers now, not CDMA.

 

 

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As of, like, two days ago?

I've never checked the eastern provinces, but Telus dropped CDMA roaming over the winter. I know Bell is shutting their CDMA network, and I'm thinking its this summer, but I don't remember exactly when.

 

 

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Do the Canada Data packs get prorated when you cancel? She was only in Canada for 2 weeks of the cycle so I cancelled when she came home, but the bill doesn't seem to reflect that in the same way it normally does, anyway.

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Do the Canada Data packs get prorated when you cancel? She was only in Canada for 2 weeks of the cycle so I cancelled when she came home, but the bill doesn't seem to reflect that in the same way it normally does, anyway.

No. I distinctly remember reading that international stuff doesn't get prorated.

 

 

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No. I distinctly remember reading that international stuff doesn't get prorated.

 

 

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Hm, whoops! Guess it was a mistake then to cancel and reapply based on travel dates [emoji15]
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