Going to Canada how to use Sim?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by corry20, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have a Iphone 4S and I'm going to Canada.I'm going to call Sprint to unlock my phone.Can I just go to a Rogers or Bell store and get a sim card to put in my phone?How does this work?I just want data only.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Actually in Vancouver right now visiting from the US.

    Go to any mall and there are about 7+ carriers to choose from.

    I have an unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 and chose Fido's bc the person at the booth was very helpful.

    It was $ 10 for Fidos sim and another $10 for 100 MB data sine I'm here for 2 days. ( Option for $25 for 500MB as well ) I did not sign up for phone calls and it was not mandatory. Taxes will be added to the total as well.

    Showing 3G reception and although I did not run speed tests, web pages loaded up quick.

    http://www.fido.ca/web/Fido.portal?...ts/packages/planPhoneBuyFlow/goToPrepaidRates

    Go to "add-ons" after you select the link above to see data plans.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks.Will they take a American address when I buy it?How would I add more funds to my account if I want to?Last question is does the sim card have a expiration date could I use it again when I go up at a later date and add more funds to my account?Thanks for your help.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    They did not even ask for my address, just paid with my AMEX. FYI, I only have an US address.

    To add funds you can do that at a Fido kiosk and store, they were everyone in DT Vancouver and the sales person said at 7-11 as well but have not tried.

    Not sure if the sim will expire but am sure once you get there they can answer that for you.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your help.
     
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    trainguy77

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    Pre-paid SIM cards in Canada do normally expire. So if you want to make sure you don't loose your balance you have to top up every so often. Most of them expire after 30 days some larger balances expire after a year.

    EDIT: Another thing to be aware of. We only have 3 carriers that support the iPhone, Telus, Bell, and Rogers. Every other "carrier" is a rebranding of one of those three.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, they're umbrella companies of the main ones. Fido is an umbrella of Rogers, for example. Koodo, Wind Mobile, Mobilicity are the independent cell providers, and Rogers/Bell/Telus are the big three in Canada. I think Virgin is an umbrella of Bell, but I could be wrong.
     
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    trainguy77

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    Fido is a child company of Rogers.

    Koodo actually is a child company of Telus. That is correct that Virgin is part of Bell.
     

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