Fees incurred from an 'overseas cellphone' that is being used in Canada

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What fees do I incur from calls made to me from a cell phone that originates from a place overseas (but the cellphone is being used while in Canada)? Also, what are the fees if I call that same cellphone - while it is in Canada?
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Sophia, Mobile Master

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Incoming calls are always treated the same, Judy, no matter where they originate from. It's the caller that pays, not you :)

If you call an overseas number, you pay the overseas cost. If the person owning that number is in Canada, they will have to pay roaming fees (based on their own carrier) on top of that.

It's probably cheaper for the person who is visiting Canada to call you on their own cell phone... and cheaper still if they get a local (Canadian) SIM card during their stay here.
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Thank-you for the quick answer! 

To confirm then, if they call me while they are in Canada, there are no associated charges to me?
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Right, if they call you (either from Canada or from their own country), it's at no cost to you. Except of course your regular minutes. They would have to check with their own carrier what it costs for them to call you within the country here.

However, if you were to call them, you would pay the LD fee to their country, and then THEY would have to pay the roaming fees from their country back to Canada. It would be costly very quickly!
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I see what you mean. Thank-you for the information and for clarifying.