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INFO Cell Phone Users should know

(Updated Nov 2011)

 

CELL PHONE PLANS CONSTANTLY CHANGE

 

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How Do Snowbirds Call Canada 

 

 

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RV WebLinks Updated May 2014: Meet Your Hosts;   

Getting Started;  Articles; Destinations-(Canada, Mexico, USA);   

  Many Recent Updates - Advice and How To;  Book Nook;  (As of Oct 10) RV Shows;   

Travel to Canada:  Travel to USA; (Oct 10);    Q&A;   Contact Us

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Important Extra Info for Cdns

  • CHECK WITH YOUR PHONE COMPANY TO FIND OUT IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES IN CELL FEES FOR  THE AREA  YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.

  • Be sure to call your CELL CARRIER for accurate info. 
  • The NEW SMARTPHONES need a DATA package.  They only work economically in their country of purchase.

 

Our Outstanding Verizon Service

 

Nov 2011

for calls to and from Canada

 
     Verizon plans and all cell carrier plans constantly change. It affects Canadian Snowbirds but also Americans travelling to Canada in the summer. The changes  are not all bad. www.verizonwireless.com   

In my seminars and articles and on this website I continually praise the virtues of Verizon and I still love being a Verizon customer - have been since 02. They continue to be a fantastic company to deal with but especially for Canadian RV snowbirds - however nothing stays the same in life and vVrizon's plans change periodically.

Verizon includes a phone plan that includes calling to and from Canada (name may change from time to time but just ask for Cdn calling ) - they begin at $59.99 for the basic plan of 450 ANYTIME minutes - includes long distance, airtime and roaming plus 1000 after-hour minutes (after 9 pm and weekends). BUT on this plan these extra minutes ARE ALSO available to call Canada and when you return home. The 1000 minutes of ‘IN’ Network allow Verizon users to talk to each other at no cost within Verizon service areas. In Cda most calls are connected thru Extended Networks so the 'IN' minutes do not apply. 

Plans in the USA usually cost less than Cdn Plans and for the most part they offer extended minutes. It always pays to shop around but Verizon plans are less costly than most Cdn plans. They work in both countries

NOTE: Visitors to Canada should upgrade their less expensive US plans to use their phones while they are north of the border. 

There are very very few Roaming areas left where we have travelled in Cda. Your phone should indicate it you are in Roaming areas. Fees can be expensive so be cautious.

 

Many features like voice mail, call forwarding etc are included in all Verizon plans. Before choosing any cell calling plan with any carrier, do your research. Unless you have a 'Pay-As-You-Go Card' there will be a fee to break a contract. 

LAST Point - if you have any  unexpected charges on your statement call Verizon - they are a super company to work with. 

 

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THIS POLICY IS STILL IN EFFECT DECEMBER 2004

 

           May 02, Rogers AT&T in Canada  sent customers a letter stating that their Digital One Rate USA CELL Plan would cover calls all over the USA as part of their service HOWEVER in less than 1% (approx 40) of US cities users  would be charged an extra fee of $4.00 per minute IF??? they had the digital one-rate plan and much higher if they did not.   

           Thankfully this has changed since that time but it is still very wise to check intricate details with your Cell company.

          Because of these costly changes as of 25th October 02 I became a Verizon customer (USA) because of their generous after-hour plan.  (See story at left). Best move I ever made.

           You do need a USA Address for billing purposes AND AN AMERICAN CELL PLAN CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED IN THE USA. However I did use my Cdn MasterCard to pay for it and my bills are paid automatically using the same MC.   

        That's it for now everyone.  Trust no one, check it out yourself to see if you will have coverage where you will be this winter.  P&J   

 

   

Since 25 October 2002 I have been happily using a phone from  Verizon Wireless in the USA.  

  These days all Cell companies on both side of the border sell convenient 'Sticks' to connect via HighSpeed to the Net in the majority of places. Unfortunately these Cards do not usually inexpensively work on both sides of the border from Cda to USA or USA to Cda.  Occasionally you can put it on a vacation while you are in another country.

'Sticks' usually include a 2 year contract with a monthly Fee.  So for Cdn Snowbirds or Visitors to Canada to use a Stick in a country other than where you bought the Card, expect to pay extra for 'kbp' use OR buy two cards and keep putting one on vacation - A big Pain in the Butt.

As of Nov 2011, I am still overjoyed to be a Verizon customer. John and I both have a phone on the Family Plan.  We use them as a Walkie Talkie when we are shopping etc.     Peggi