Why can't prepaid customers roam in the United States? Why can't we purchase a roaming booster?

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Yet another example of how prepaid customers are second-class with Koodo.
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To my knowledge no prepaid with any carrier is able to roam in the US. I would guess its likely because of the costs associated and that it would chew through prepaid balances in no time.
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Roam Mobility is a prepaid Canadian carrier that offers US roaming packages. Every prepaid carrier I've been with has allowed me to roam. I don't see any reason not to offer it. Sure, it'll be expensive but it's then up to the customer to manage their balance however they see fit.
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ROAM is an MVNO operating in the US with offices in Canada, offering services to Canadians. They are most definitely not a Canadian carrier
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Semantics. They sell to Canadians and it's a prepaid business model.
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I personally believe Prepaid should have had the honor, privilege, the stripes and perks to join the Ranks of Postpaid and offer This and more too
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I don't know why we can't just purchase an add-on similar to what the post-paid Koodo customers have.

And FYI both Wind and Mobilicity (which would be considered prepaid carriers) have U.S. (and internatinal) roaming, both through their wallet balances and as additional add-ons.
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I wouldn't really consider either Wind or Mobilicity prepaid as your picking a monthly plan just like every other post paid carrier.
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Wind offers prepaid service in addition to its monthly service, though I don't know if you can roam with it.
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I was prepaid with wind and you cab indeed roam with it.. With limitations
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You are doing that with Koodo as well.  The difference is that with Koodo you can also add boosters if you choose not to go with a more expensive $25/$35/$50 prepaid plan.  But it's still a monthly charge either way.  So I would indeed consider them to be prepaid.
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Yeah. I prefer a Prepaid Roam. Hoping PM offers it FIRST. My opinion
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Take a look at Tracfone (US) bring your own phone program. Unlock the Koodo handset, buy their SIM for a few dollars (the activation kit is something like $6-10 depending on what dollar store you go to). Buy whatever minutes/data/service time you need at prices a fraction of Canadian suppliers.  Cdn long distance calls from US at no surcharge.

Of course, you will get a US number, which may actually be a benefit depending on who calls you the most.

If you want to go whole hawg, go for a $100 or so bundle that includes an LG Ultimate 2 handset and a year's service. No need to fork over $35 for an unlock.
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