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Verizon phone for 3day stay in Canada

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Joyce, Jun 13, 2019 at 1:19 PM.

  1. Joyce

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    Visiting Quebec City for 3 days. What do I have to do with my phone to use it for directions. Will my car navigation work? How about Waze? Visiting and staying at Chateau Frontenac which I admired from afar when I visited the City with my parents about 60 years ago. I am fulfilling a promise made to myself when I wa a teenager. Any comments about the chateau?
     
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    I would start by calling my cell-phone provider and asking what they offer. Is yours Verizon? I have Verizon prepaid. I haven't been to Quebec, but in Ontario, I was able to pay an additional small fee per day for access through Verizon. It was about $5 or $10 per day and the fee kicked in only if I used 4G on that day. If you have regular Verizon, it might be a different plan.

    My husband's phone is on T-Mobile and his is free in Canada.

    In the UK, I bought a sim card at a newsagent and used that. But for just three days in Canada, it's probably easier to just pay the fee to Verizon.
     
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    Have a great time in Quebec City, btw! It always looks so beautiful and exotic.
     
  4. Luanne

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    We have Verizon. They have a travel plan that you can sign up for and you are only charged when you use it. I think it is about $5.00 per day per phone. When we used data we tried to make sure we logged on to a free wifi network somewhere.

    You asked if your car navigation would work. Are you using navigation through your phone?
     
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    Plan cost us nothing extra for Mexico/Canada but had to do what VERIZON said to set on phone. Now the phone is set up. In Europe it cost us $10 extra for each day we used Internet.
     
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    I forgot to say we were near Quebec City at a timeshare for 4 days. Loved driving into the countryside and the falls their was unreal. Nicest people in the countryside we've ever met. A beautiful area.
     
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    I looked to see what we have. The plan is called Travel Pass. Verizon, on their site, also has an international trip planner so you can pick which plan works best for you.
     
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    try a paper map and pretend you are a pioneer.
     
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    I guess the best thing to do is visit a Verizon store. Luanne, we do use Navigation thru Verizon so I guess I will ask about that too. Thanks, everyone for your help.
     
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    If you have unlimited plan, Canada and mexico are included in the plan. If you have a different plan, then the answer may be different.

    I have family in Canada and that is why I keep my verizon unlimited plan. Calling Canada is included and traveling to Canada is include in both Data and Minutes.
     
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    I have the 2 GB per month plan with Verizon. Call them and have the Travel Plan added to your phone. That costs nothing. Then in Canada when you turn your phone on or take it out of airplane mode you will get a text message that asks you if you want international calling for a 24 hour period for 5 or 10$ per day. If you say yes you just use your phone as you would in USA. Same calling. Same data plan. If WAZE doesn’t work just use google maps and navigation. Use local WIFi if you don’t want to use much data. Each 24 hours you will get a text message and you and pick yes or no. Very easy. I use data all the time and never use up my two GB.
     
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    If you use Goggle Maps, you can down the map for the area you want and use it that way. I recently did that in Upper Michigan where the Verizon Network was that good.
     
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    Did you mean:
    ...where the Verizon Network was NOT good ??
     
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    You don't have to call, you can do it yourself online.
     
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    A bit off topic but ...... if you still have a measured data plan with Verizon, you owe it to yourself to consider their unlimited plans. You might find your can move to UNLIMITED data for less money per month AND have coverage in Canada and Mexico included for free. Before a trip to Canada last year, I checked out out options and moved to an unlimited plan that accomplished all of the goals you noted above.

    At the time we had 4 lines on our plan (which might have helped us get a lower rate too)....

    Of course, YEMV - but it is worth investigating.

    Best of luck.
     
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    We did the same last year some time. Logged onto our My Verizon account to check out-of-country coverage for an upcoming trip, and on a whim clicked an "Offers" link, figuring it would be enticements to upgrade to newer phones. We were offered a seniors plan called, I think, "55+" that is as you described. In our case we had two lines and 6GB of shared data -- our monthly cost stayed the same but gave us unlimited data and extended our domestic calling area to include Canada and Mexico. They did caution that with this plan our data transfer rate can be subject to limitations during periods when their net is congested, but we haven't found this to be a problem so far.
     
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