Will I get charged for using my iPhone in Canada while on Trip?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SethRogen, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. SethRogen macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2009
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    I'm from Florida and traveling to Canada (Toronto) for a week. If I use Safari there, will I be charged extra? If so, any packages available?

    I'm on the $30 Unlimited Plan btw.
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Either turn off your phone while you're in Canada or get ready to say goodbye to your unlimited data plan.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Yes, you will get charged $15 per megabyte.
    Do yourself a favor and add an international data plan.
  4. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Hawthorne, CA
    It's still considered roaming even though you're in Canada so yes. I'd turn my phone off OR if you have the right iOS firmware jailbreak & unlock the phone and get a prepaid sim card so you can use data while your in Canada.
  5. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    If it was me, id find this option in settings.app.

  6. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
  7. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    What is the fee for calling in Canada with ATT?
  8. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Everything you need to know is on AT&T's website, or accessible through their app. Basically, if you plan to do any calling, you can purchase discountednper minute rates, for texting you can add a 50-message plan (outbound messages from Canada only, inbound is charged against your regular plan) and data in small amounts at utterly outrageous rates--starting at $24.99 for 50 MB.

    Oh, and if you turn data off completely, you won't be able to send or receive texts either. And the data plans are prorated if you don't start the on the first day of your billing cycle. Talk to an AT&T rep to understand how this works and what might work best for you. You need to sign up for your international packages in advance of your trip.

    Plan to use a LOT of wifi and be very sparing with your data. Overages are very pricey.
  9. killerrobot macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    My wife just got back from Vancouver and it's best to just turn off the phone - or only use Wifi. The data/voice rates - even if you add the international plan for ATT - are still ridiculously high.
  10. pismobrat macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2007

    I Live in Canada

    Please know we live in ingloos and our cell towers are large frozen icicles.

    To get the best reception, throw a snowball in the air while you make the call and repeat throughout your call for best reception.

    Have fun!
  11. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010

    Reception was better in Victoria, BC, than I get around much of Seattle, with Rogers & Telus competing to see who was going to present me with five bars of signal in any given spot. But AT&T charges insane amounts for the privilege of using those systems, and most iPhone 4’s aren't unlocked and can't be easily. Plus when I looked into prepaid SIMs in Canada for those who are unlocked, there wasn't a whole lot available. In our case, going minimal on usage and sticking with AT&T was the way to go. For anything less than a trip of a couple of weeks, it's probably how I would handle it again.
  12. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America

    I turned off roaming, and i was still able to use GPS on the Maps app, pretty cool stuff. I just used the Wi-Fi in the on-road Starbucks for everything data related.
  13. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    EEK! Canadian phone companies nickel and dime you so much. They will end up charging you a FORTUNE. Only use Wi-fi! downton has many wi-fi hot spots, and most hotels do as well.
    go to general
    select network
    turn of data roaming
  14. CBR900RR macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2008
    Middle of Pacific
  15. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Yea it costs $15 a megabite. There are stories where people would use 2gb of data on a trip to canada and they owe $30,000 to ATT.
  16. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    False. Turning data roaming off (thus having no data connection other than Wi-Fi) has no effect on sending/receiving text messages.
  17. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Well, that doesn't explain why when I turned it back on to check something briefly, I got hit with twelve incoming messages (both SMS and MMS), all from the previous night. The phone was on, and on wifi the whole time.

    For the whole trip, as long as data & roaming were both on, I received texts. When data was off completely, I didn't. When data roaming alone was off, I also didn't. Fluke, maybe? But I definitely found I couldn't count on it working while we were there.

    (We just got back yesterday, so it's all pretty fresh in my head.)
  18. Scott90 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Don't know. When I was overseas data roaming was off, but I still received and sent some messages.
  19. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    MMS uses data (as does Visual Voicemail), but it is up to carriers whether or not they charge users for those services when roaming.

    AFAIK, AT&T does not allow MMS or Visual Voicemail with Data Roaming switched off.

    When you turned Data Roaming ON that would have prompted the MMS to download.

    SMS should not use data. While it's possible to send an SMS over a data network, it's extremely uncommon for a carrier to do that - AT&T certainly doesn't.
  20. AIP5 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2011
    If you have AT&T, you will be charged at about $1,021 per kilobyte, and $500 per minute. ;)

    Seriously though, AT&T's website lists Canada as international, and will charge you a good amount of money for data roaming. I'd stick with wifi.

    Not sure about Verizon though...

    Edit: AT&T website says in Canada, you will be charged $.015/KB. Calls will be $0.79 per minute (if you don't have any international packages), and each SMS will cost ya $0.50, and an MMS will be $1.30.
  21. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Weird then. It was definitely a mix of both SMS & MMS that came through when I turned data roaming back on, and I thought it was odd even at the time that I couldn't get regular SMS texts with just data enabled. Sounds like those, at least, should have come through sooner.

    Probably just a weird glitch, or something odd on my phone.

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