Pay per use International Long Distance add on?

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I am going to visit family in the UK and want to use my phone just for arranging my lift from the airport. I thought I wanted to add on Pay Per Use International Long Distance, but it tells me I'm already subscribed to this. Will this allow me to use my phone in the UK or is there something else I need?
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No there is nothing else you need, but haven'T you considered using a public phone there where you put 0.50$ and call? Won't it be better?
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Thanks for your response.
Try finding a public phone at Heathrow airport or bus station these days! Many of the public phones there also now require a prepaid card and won't take cash (because of vandalism I think.)
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You only have to go as far as Dorval airport in Montreal, where the same connectivity problem exists if your Koodo is SNAFU.
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Ohhh, I didn't know that.

Here's the info for roaming packages in the UK : http://help.koodomobile.com/coverage-...
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For spot-on use, best to text them @ 60 cents a pop. Incoming texts are free. PPU International Roaming must be ON, as you have already stated. You are travelling in zone 1.

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Thanks for all advice. I'm a total ignoramus when it comes to cell phones being a person of a certain age, so at the risk of sounding really stupid what actually are data services?
I have the most basic plan I can have and only use the phone once a week when I'm a volunteer driver for the Cancer Society. I sometimes text, but not that often. I do not have internet coverage (unless in a hot spot.) I'm terrified of these roaming charges as I've heard such horror stories of people racking up huge bills while they're away. If I turn my phone power off while in the UK and not using it, can it still roam?
Thanks for reading to the end of my endless questions. Answers anyone?
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Safest method is to remove the SIM card when you leave Canada. Then you have no connections at all except for wifi even with the phone powered up. If there is a hot spot at the airport, you could email your lift to tell them you've arrived. No roaming, but no calls or texts.

Pop the SIM back in if you want to make a call at $1.50 a minute or texts at $0.60 each. Remove afterwards. 100% safe.

Alternative is to put your phone into airplane mode (kills all connections) and then re-enable wifi separately. Your phone just became a mini tablet that only works on wifi. There will be no roaming charges because your connections are off. You can disable airplane mode to call or text, and charges will apply only when you do so. Re-enable airplane mode when you are done, and re-activate wifi. Fairly safe, but you must remember to turn airplane mode on or off, as well as enable wifi manually.

Have a nice trip.

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