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Canada Roaming. Verizon VS AT&T - advice needed

by CTMTL / August 31, 2015 8:33 AM PDT


I presently spend about 7 days/month in Montréal, Canada, though I live full-time in Connecticut. As a result of this, I need a really good Canada roaming service, which is why I am on T-Mobile's Simple Choice North America plan. I have three lines on that plan, with mine having unlimited LTE data. The coverage is amazing in Canada, because I have unlimited Bell LTE, but while I'm in the US, my primary place of residence, T-Mobile LTE coverage is terrible compared to my old Verizon service. As a result, I'm considering one of the following changes:

1. Separating my line from the other two, and putting it on the $60/mo AT&T GoPhone plan that includes 4GB of data roaming. Problem: I would probably exceed 4GB in the US, so I'd have to control myself. Cost: $60 for me, $75 for the other lines.

2. Bringing all three lines to Verizon and paying $30/mo extra for the Canada packages I would need. Problem: this is expensive. Cost: $160 (with our discount)

We currently pay $115/month with T-Mobile, which is why I'm hesitant to change.

I would really appreciate any opinions/advice on this complex issue lol. Thanks a lot, everyone!

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It boils down to usage, which we cannot control
by Pepe7 / September 1, 2015 10:07 AM PDT

Nobody here can meter you constantly to give you the better deal that suits your usage patterns. That's where it's tricky to determine.

I still see wifi as an easy solution when traveling on modest data plans. YMMV.

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Tough area.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2015 9:20 AM PDT

My Canadian friends get 2 phones. One for home and one for travel. The ATT GoPhone shows up a lot as it does voice and text which is more than enough for most business work.

When I need data I use my smart phone but connect to WiFi hotspots.

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