Is it difficult for a Canadian to buy a US data plan?

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  1. Denis54 macrumors member

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    I am from Montreal and will do a 2 weeks road trip in January. My itinary will include Las Vegas, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tucson and Santa Fe.

    Will I have difficulty buying a SIM card and a data plan? I have been told that carriers are reluctant to sell to non US residents. Is that right?

    Which carriers offer the best plans?

    I want to have access to Google Maps and do some web surfing when I am on the road. Of course I will use WiFi when possible.

    I will not buy a data plan for my smart phone so tethering is not an option.
     
  2. wordoflife, Nov 7, 2011
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    The only carrier you'll be able to use is AT&T. They sell 2GB of data for $25 and 250MB for $15. I would go to an Apple Store and ask them for an AT&T SIM.

    When you sign up, you'll need to enter a US address, so just put the address of where you are staying. (if you're using an Amex ... since they don't check the addresses for a match. Some Visas have problems with using non-matching addresses). US bought Visa/Amex Giftcards should also do the trick.
     
  3. Pete the Geek macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info wordoflife.

    FWIW, you would think that AT&T stores would sell the iPad SIMs, but when I tried to get one from an AT&T store in Indianapolis, they told me to go to an Apple Store.
     
  4. Denis54 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Is this even practical? Do the American carriers offer a data plan you can use if you're only going to be down there for 2 weeks?
     
  6. Denis54 thread starter macrumors member

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    My understanding is that you can subscribe for one month and cancel your subscription at the end of the month. Am I right?

    Is it complicated to cancel a subscription?
     
  7. Pete the Geek macrumors regular

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    It is, literally, "cost of business". In many cases a month of data is cheaper than daily Internet charges. I can't get 3G service where I live, but when I'm travelling in other parts of Canada (e.g. Toronto), I get one month of data from Bell (actually it's one month or a certain number of GB). AT&T offers a similar prepaid plan.
     
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    You just cancel it on your iPad. Remember to cancel it before you leave the States though.
     
  9. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Oh, right, of course. iPad. No contracts. Sorry, I'm just not paying attention today. :rolleyes:
     

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