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I like to spend winter months down south. So far the only option to get phone and data service is TracFone. I think Koodo would earn lots of money offering the same kind of service. Why don't you?
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Tracfone and the dozens of different names it runs under is a Mexican owned (El tabador friendly :-)) virtual mobile phone company. It doesn't own any of the network but is reselling other companies' (verizon, AT&T etc.) services making a small margin. It mostly sold through Walmart.

Technically, Koodo could enter the states and start negotiations with the same companies, although I'm not sure if this companies would want to do that. What would koodo bring to them? They likely wouldn't want to lose customers to this new koodo service in the states, and I don't think there are enough Canadians traveling south of the border and wanting a service like this to make the whe effort worthwhile. Just my 2 cents.
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I was aware of what you wrote. I think American cell phone providers would be keen to work with Koodo/Telus if they are keen to work with TracFone. And don't forget that I mentioned snowbirds but there are other people, many people, who are crossing the border for professional reasons. Think of truck drivers, for instance.
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I wish, Tiz! Not to downsize your idea (it's awesome) but TracFone is not the ONLY option.

There are more possibilities for snow birds. Look into T-Mobile for example, or Roam Mobility or even Wind Mobile.

Still I'm with you all the way, I too wish Koodo offered decent roaming packages not only to the US but worldwide!
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I was in Arizona in January and T-Mobile was offering messages like "Searching...." or "No Service". I think that Koodo would get many "snowbird" customers in Canada if they could count on a decent and not too expensive service from you down South.
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West of the Mississippi, there are many many dead zones. Unless you're in a populated area you're not likely to have service from AT&T or T-Mobile. Many of these areas are serviced by smaller regional wireless carriers. It's even worse of you're on prepaid because while you may be able to voice roam to smaller carriers, data will not roam if you're using an AT&T or T-Mobile sim.

Even with your Koodo sim you'd still be hard pressed to find a signal in those areas.

In those desolate places, Verizon (which you can't roam on) is king. And the regionals are too small to have roaming agreements apparently.

Source: trucking