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We have CC and now we find that our phones do not work up here in Canada. 
we have been in contact wit what we believe to be a human or a really good bot. 
they said sorry, we can mail you a SIM card, but that is not going to work. 
any suggestions?

do we buy a travel phone at Walmart  

thanks,

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You need to study the cellular coverage maps and decide what Canadian carrier will work for you. Where are you now? Where do you plan to travel? That is the question....

https://www.cellularmaps.com/regions/canada-coverage.shtml

Our Verizon phones have a Canada provision, but it was highly restricted in terms of data and rarely at all worked once we got into central BC. If you don't end up buying a phone, consider a Garmin inReach for emergencies and for routine check-ins for your family or friends. You need an Internet connection to set up your account and to save any prerecorded (free) text messages. Unfortunately you need an actual computer to sync those messages to your inReach. But you can still type them by hand on that device, they just won't all be free, They work anywhere, even at the Arctic Circle. Any good sporting goods store like Cabelas should carry them.

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Sorry to ask .... did you research this before leaving to another country?

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Forgot this, if you buy an inReach you can also use the Earthmate app to navigate while out of cell coverage using its downloaded database, and you can pair it to the device so you can compose and send (short) text messages from the inReach using your phone or notebook’s familiar keyboard. The maps are OK, at best. 

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T-mobile/rogers apparently have a connection in much of Canada. 

We find our tmobile phone works best there. Not everywhere,  but better than Verizon.  So many places with zero signal. 

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We had no problems with service anywhere in Canada or Alaska.  AT&T

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On 8/11/2022 at 10:00 PM, ScubaRx said:

We had no problems with service anywhere in Canada or Alaska.  AT&T

I think att and tmobile use the same towers in Canada.  Or, at least share. They're both cdma based. And share with another couple majors in Canada. All this is changing, with 5g.

None of the above work in many of the more remote places we camp in Canada. Nor, does Verizon. We choose to live with it.

They all often do work, however,  on many of the highways. Not all. And, in most communities. Not all.

Way back in the day, we'd have to  stop at visitors centers in towns to hook our phones to the free wifi, and check in, because neither carrier worked, elsewhere, or worked poorly. Not necessary today, in most towns. Most services will work in towns, on roaming.  With any Canadian prepaid, you'd probably get service most places. 

Check prices on roaming, on your service. 

I've never had your service, consumer cellular.  Chances are, they simply have no sharing/ roaming agreement with Canadian services. 

Til you get it sorted out, you can probably still do the old school thing, and use your phones on wifi at visitors centers, etc. 

You may find it cheaper to go to a Costco/walmart/rogers/att store, get a throwaway phone,  and buy a bit of service for your month or two in Canada..  I doubt your consumer cellular phones are unlocked, to just use someone  else's chip. Maybe.

 

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JD,  I believe we did because Maggie is Canadian and it would make sense to ask for that feature.  Problem is how does one test that feature while down in the lower 48. 

I think we have this one resolved.  


Our phones have an ATT SIM card HOWEVER we were informed that it does not have coverage in Canada.

When we ordered them I asked that they be UNLOCKED which was good for this exercise.

we were able to get to civilization and to a Canada Bell subsidiary and we were able to get a monthly plan that puts us back in working order for the next 2 months while up here. 
 

thanks to all for replies. 

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