Activate US add-ons

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Hi, I am a prepaid user and will go to America next week and have already added add-ons for text message, data and phone call. Before I leave for America, do I need to send a message to Koodo to activate them (like ROAM to 7626 but I don't think it is for prepaid user)? Or When I arrive in America, will it be automatically activated? Thanks.
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Jenson

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Allan, Mobile Master

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As long as you have added the US roaming add-ons to your account you will be good!
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Elinor

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No, once you pay for your US Boosters, they are ready to be used. Its a good idea to keep your data turned off until you want to use it.
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When you cross into the states (in my case it is Osoyoos to Oroville) it automatically changes to the U.S. carrier that is available..........there it is AT+T.    My last trip I actually let a friend call her husband from Omak to Kelowna BC.   Worked like a charm!     I love this as the minutes are always there and I got it specifically for the fact that I can call for BCAA/AAA road assistance,etc.  Before there was no  way to use the phone to call for help if required.  I feel very safe and relaxed as I know I can connect home or for help.  I have phone text and data(which I don't use at the moment). and love that they do not expire as long as my base plan is paid monthly in Canada.
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Koodo prepaid is your best roaming option for the casual or sporadic user. No per-diem charges or $7 for one phone call per day. Have used it with confidence from Vermont to Arizona with no problems.
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Yes, the prepaid US booster provide a cheap, flexible plan that allows you to pay only for what you want to use.

In contrast, the new postpaid roaming plan is inflexible, expensive and prone to incur false charges when used in Canada near the border. That, combined with the recent steep increase in postpaid plans ,makes prepaid accounts more atrractive to people who hop across the border frequently.
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Just make sure your network setting is set to automatic and it will automatically switch to the US roaming carrier
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BobTheElectrician

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In the not-too-distant future, all the hassle of roaming should be history

https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/03/21/canada-eliminate-roaming-fees-organization-of-american-states/

But in the meantime, Telus is rumored to be considering increasing Easy Roam prices to $12  day.
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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Borderless Western Hemisphere call phone use would be a huge step forward
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David, Mobile Master

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You won’t likely see borderless North America calling in the near future, let alone all the countries between Greenwich and Hawaii.
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Maybe in the distant future.  At least I am hoping so
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You can already get packages that include US, Canada and Mexico from T-Mobile or AT&T provided you have a valid US credit card and your use is at least 50% on the home network.

For  most users, covering the NAFTA countries would be sufficient. But be prepared for overall rates to go up to compensate.

What irks a lot of people is the feeling that the rules keep changing and that providers are standing over your shoulder and picking your wallet every time you make a "premium" call. If there was a reasonable all-inclusve rate, then maybe we wouldn't worry about answering and making certain calls. After all, what's the point of having a phone if you're afraid to use it.
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@BobThe Electrician,
    But Telus is also creating more international plans, where use is completely transparent across the partner countries. First was the Canada-USA plan, and now Canada-China.