Pre-paid customer options for roaming in the US?

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I am a prepaid customer, travelling to the US. According to this website, I cannot buy an add-on as a prepaid customer. What happens if I receive or make a text or phone call while roaming in the US? What are the rates?
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there are roaming charges if your receiving or calling the us. for more information go here http://help.koodomobile.com/my-bill/charges-explained/long-distance-and-roaming-charges
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Roaming applies only to postpaid service. Prepaid service doesn't work outside Canada.
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yea i just realised that when i read the link carefully
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As a prepaid customer you can't do any roaming. There are no packages and no pay-per-use charges for prepaid customers.
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Disappointing!
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Prepaid service works only when you are in Canada. 

If you want to use your phone in the US, you can buy a Roam Mobility SIM before you leave, or a US SIM (AT&T, T-Mobile or one of their sub-brands) when you arrive. Note that your phone must be unlocked if you do this.
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Thank you, very helpful!
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Nobody offers prepaid roaming across borders in North America AFAIK at anything approaching a reasonable rate.

For some it's a plus. No danger of accidental charges when near the border. (That's where I live 6 months of the year). If you spend more than 15 days in the US a year, it's actually cheaper to pick up a Tracfone or other prepaid US service. Much cheaper than anything offered in Canada. You can go into any Family Dollar store near the US border and pick up a flip-phone + a bunch of minutes for under $25.00 cash with no credit check or residency requirements. Or if you are more established, 1200 minutes and 1.2 gig plus a 4.5" LG smartphone for about $100 from eBay.

Enjoy your visit.
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Bob, I have this same dance every year. I've had Net10 for years $0.10/ min usually buy the $45 card, then it's $0.07/min. My friend has a Tracfone triple minutes and her rate work out to $0.10/min. Both of these companies are owned by Walmart but their service is not the same. For example I spend considerable time at Squaw Lake, Net10 has full strength signal, Tracfone has marginal signal. Also, the frustrating part, you in Canada can text me BUT I cannot text you back on either service! The phone calls to Canada, both companies have to call an 800 number first and it's $0.15/min on Net10 which is fine. Any knowledge of texting back to Canada With either of these two companies?
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Tracfone can call Canada at regular rates, no long distance. You can set up to 10 Canadian numbers on a speed dial if your phone is a cheapie burner. There is an Android app for direct dialing internationally accessing an intermediate number. Not officially supported, but texts from my Android sent from US arrived in Canada fine last spring.

Both companies are run by America Movil and lease their airtime from the major providers, mostly Verizon and AT&T.

You can investigate more thoroughly at http://www.howardforums.com/forum.php
as well as tracfone.com
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Hi, Bob, the operative word being Android. The burners I have are 6-10 years old. One has 900 minutes left, I always run out of time. So I checked the $100+ includes a one year plan with no recurring fees looks like an alternative. Thanks
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You can transfer ONE old burner phone minutes to ONE new Android. Can do the same for a second burner and second Android, but can't combine 2 into 1.

Don't initially use any card that may have come with the new phone. Just transfer your old phone over to the new one in self-serve. Your minutes will pleasantly multiply into minutes, texts and data on the new phone. You can use the card later to top up.
That solution works fine for me. Investigate further at Howard for other alternatives.

But do activations/transfers while you are stateside. None of the Tracfone units will work at all in Canada.

Let's leave the Koodo bandwidth to discussions about Koodo...
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