Moving from Montreal to Miami with a Telus iPhone

backbraker25

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 9, 2007
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Hey Guys,

I need a little help here, I have my daughter moving to Miami from Montreal for the next 9 months. She’s currently at the end of her term with Telus and her iPhone will be unlocked at the conclusion. She’s planning on taking the iPhone with her and using a carrier down there.

She mostly uses text messages, iMessages and Skype to communicate. So, I figure she will need a decent data & international text plan, voice is not really that important to her.

Can someone recommend a proper carrier in FL with decent data & text plans? She consumes on average ~2 GB/month.

As well, will she be able to take her phone to any carrier? Telus is on a CDMA network.

Thanks in advance
 

Satnam1989

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Nov 16, 2011
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Illinois
Hey Guys,

I need a little help here, I have my daughter moving to Miami from Montreal for the next 9 months. She’s currently at the end of her term with Telus and her iPhone will be unlocked at the conclusion. She’s planning on taking the iPhone with her and using a carrier down there.

She mostly uses text messages, iMessages and Skype to communicate. So, I figure she will need a decent data & international text plan, voice is not really that important to her.

Can someone recommend a proper carrier in FL with decent data & text plans? She consumes on average ~2 GB/month.

As well, will she be able to take her phone to any carrier? Telus is on a CDMA network.

Thanks in advance
Hey, Being from Canada and frequently traveller to USA Here is your best answer:

1) Telus used to be CDMA only, They Launched their GSM Network Years back around iPhone 3G/3GS days which offers 3G-4G and LTE Service now so All iPhone Currently Sold and Used in Canada are GSM Versions only, Unlike in USA Where you can buy a specifically CDMA version of iPhone 4 and 4S which only operates on Verizon Network. So now Telus & Bell are Officially GSM(3G-4G-LTE) and CDMA Operators but their CDMA division is only being used mainly by Virgin and Koodo (as well as Solo-Mobile which shut down)

2) She can use StraightTalk Which Costs $45/Month All Inclusive
- Unlimited Talk, Text[incl to Canada]
- Caller-ID and Voicemail
- 3G Data
- ~2.5GB of Data although they say its Unlimited but to be safe never go over 2.5GB in a single month)
- Great coverage as it runs off of AT&T Network but isnt owned by them and is a Prepaid Service so no contracts or anything.

3) Straight Talk Micro-SIM costs $15 so its best to order it before she leaves, that way she can have it waiting for her when she reaches Miami.
 

backbraker25

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 9, 2007
71
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Wow... thank you so much for the prompt and concise response! I will look into that. It sounds precisely what I was look for! Again ... Thank you!
 

keystoneuser

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Jun 15, 2010
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Florida
That sounds like the best recourse. I am only a couple hours from Miami on the Gulf side (Cape Coral). AT&T has surprisingly good coverage down here (I just moved here a couple weeks ago), not once have I seen the E, just 4G (which unfortunately is actually 3G, but better than edge at least).

So basically, coverage wise, she is covered.