How US boosters work on prepaid

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I think it's cheaper for me to get a prepaid plan + US boosters than to buy a US add-on for my current phone.  My old Koodo phone is still working, so I wouldn't have any start up costs like unlocking, etc. and I could cancel the prepaid plan when I return to Canada in the spring. I don't really want two accounts but if it saves me money..... I need some more info before I decide. Hoping you guys can help by answering these questions:

1. Is the US booster plan now up and running trouble-free?

2.  My old phone (2012) is the Samsung S2X which uses the large SIM.  Will a Koodo seller have the large SIM available?

3. Do I have to buy any Canadian minutes, texts or data to use the US boosters?

4.  I have no idea where my list of contacts is stored on my old phone.  If I replace the old SIM card with a prepaid SIM, will it wipe out my contacts?

5.  Will I have to reset my phone in any way that will wipe out existing photos or bookmarks?

6.  What changes to my settings would I have to make in order to access your partner networks in the US?

7. Would I be able to have the account set up and working tomorrow if I signed up today?  (I'm leaving tomorrow morning!)

Many thanks for helping me out!
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1. Yes

2. 3in1s are used where you break out th size you need. You'd be ok.

3. You need an active account, so the minimum plan of 15 dollars a month at least.

4. It would move with your current Sim card if stored on it. Otherwise it would likely be synced with your Google account. Go into your phone settings and enable contacts to sync with your Google account.

5. No.

6. Make sure roaming is enabled.

7. Yes

Depending on your usage needs, if you're going to be in the states until the springtime, it could be better to get a plan in the US. If you want a Canadian number for people to contact you, then you could us a VoIP service like Fongo or Textnow a you'd be set. Take a look at t-mobile/metro pcs if you'll be in an area where they have decent service.
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MetroPCS right now has 30/40/50/60usd all in for 1/3/8/unlimited gb data. And if you're interested in a new phone their zte zmaxpro is an amazing phone for 100usd that you can get. Absolutely compare those price points with koodo's prepaid packages for roaming and see what will fit better for you.
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Wow, Goran, that was fast!  Thanks!

One more question.  Do I need to select a network operator after I install the SIM?  If so, which one?

Re: US providers.  these are more expensive than Koodo prepaid for the amount of data/minutes/text I need.  Getting a T-Mobile account had been my first idea but the new US boosters provide whatever I need when I want it without paying for extra that I might not need or use. Plus these prices are 35% higher in CAD, ouch.
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It should be automatic.

Really it boils down t how much data you need. You come out ahead so long as you use 25cad a month in boosters or less.
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Yup. I'll have wifi where I'm staying and 500 mb of data will last me more than a month for sure. I need texts and calling for emergencies only, say, one $20 booster each for my entire stay. I figure.

Plus, if koodo brings in a better US add on for my postpaid account, I can cancel the prepaid!

Addionally, koodo given a $20 activation bonus for prepaid and 100 Canadian minutes. And, of course, my family will be able to text or phone me at no cost since my number is Canadian. If I have time today, I'll get the prepaid. If not, I'll go with the mobile. Thanks again for your help!