Using my AT&T iPhone 6 in Canada?

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  1. natallica macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone -

    I'm going on a business trip to Ottawa next month and I'm trying to figure out what my options are with respect to using my American iPhone 6 in Canada for text & data in particular?

    The phone is on AT&T here, but I have gotten an unlock from them.

    I called AT&T and one guy said that my mobile share plan would include talk, text and data in Canada, but another guy said that's wrong and that I would only get that if I also had AT&T cable internet or DirecTV. He said I would have to buy their passport to get text and data and a discount on calls.

    I also have an iPad on AT&T's grandfathered unlimited data plan, but I figure my best option is to try using a hotspot from my iPhone.

    Would buying a pre-paid SIM once I get to Canada make the most sense?

    Thanks!
     
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    If your iPhone is not unlocked you will not be able to use any sim besides AT&T.
     
  5. natallica thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As I mentioned above, I have gotten an unlock from them. Haven't gone through the process yet, but they did approve my request.

    Has anyone used the AT&T Passport plan? Seems quite pricey.
     
  6. Alexrat1996 Suspended

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    I did when I went to Italy it's pricey
     
  7. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    Call AT&T (you may have to ask for the retentions department) and ask for the AT&T Canada Roaming bonus which should be added to your account for free. It includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of Data for free. Canada.png
     
  8. natallica thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Do you have AT&T U-Verse or DirecTV? I was told it was a requirement to add this.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Oh great, then I would just get a local sim with data.
    AT&T international packages are an arm and a leg.
    A weeks trip out of the US last year cost me $85 in overages and I didn't even use it that much.
     
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  11. natallica thread starter macrumors 6502

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    UPDATE: Was able to get free roaming in Canada added to our plan and our data upgraded from 15GB to 20GB.

    Thanks so much for the help!
     
  13. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I just got back from Canada on Saturday. I had Canada roaming added to my AT&T account and it worked perfectly. Never touched my data cap, and never missed a call or text.
     

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