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I'm a U.S. citizen who will be visiting Canada for a few days this year. Is Koodo possible?


Will I have any trouble purchasing and using Koodo service on my iPhone 6? Will I need a Canadian credit or debit card to purchase service?

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If you only want a few days, confirm with your current carrier about their roaming rates. Your next best option would be to buy a prepaid SIM from a Koodo Kiosk or store, along with the volume of minutes and data you expect to need for your trip. This will give you a Canadian number which you will need to share with your regular contacts. For a short trip, obtaining a postpaid account is not really worth it.

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Hi S. Omebody. You'd probably find it more cost-effective to roam in Canada as many US carriers include Canada roaming (unless you're with Verizon or Sprint, in which case you'd get no network). As long as your iPhone 6 is unlocked, network will work.
You'd sign up for Koodo pre-paid easily. If you're going the pre-paid route, do shop around.
For post-paid, the credit or debit card wouldn't matter if it's Canadian or American. Post-paid account would require a credit check. Here's the link including acceptable ID: http://help.koodomobile.com/getting-started-with-koodo/before-you-purchase/do-you-perform-a-credit-c...
Not sure if you'll be able to present the necessary ID for a post-paid account.
titaniumtux wrote:

Hi S. Omebody. You'd probably find it more cost-effective to roam in Canada as many US carriers i...

Thank you sir. My U.S. carrier is a discount MVNO that doesn't do international roaming, not even as an add-on. I also don't need voice service (or even SMS/MMS) while in Canada, but I do wish to have data service (including iMessages). Thus, it looks like the $15 prepaid plan plus a data booster would do the job?
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titaniumtux wrote:

Hi S. Omebody. You'd probably find it more cost-effective to roam in Canada as many US carriers i...

@S. Omebody: depends on how much data you need. Public Mobile might be an appealing option, as they're pre-paid only and offer cost-effective plans (comparable to Koodo's post-paid plans).
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titaniumtux wrote:

Hi S. Omebody. You'd probably find it more cost-effective to roam in Canada as many US carriers i...

@titaniumtux,
   However the OP would need to have a Canadian address to have the SIM sent with enough lead time for it to be available to him when he arrives in Canada.

He could also go to a Telus outlet which are more common than Koodo's and purchase a prepaid plan for $10 and a Data Add-on of $30 / GB (stackable).
Most such outlets will set him up to walk out the door with a working phone.
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titaniumtux wrote:

Hi S. Omebody. You'd probably find it more cost-effective to roam in Canada as many US carriers i...

@David: awesome suggestion!

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