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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #1
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iPhone service in US

I haven't been able to make any headway with Bell Mobility in regards to using my iPhone (Prepaid) in the US. I'm leaving in 2 days and I've heard that there's such a thing as an international package that you can get into for a month (I'm only going for a week). I spoke with a local Bell business here in town and also called Bell Mobility and they told me there is no such thing. They said roaming service has been done away with and any Smart Phones are not good for use across the border. Anyone else able to chime in here that is using Bell service?
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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They said roaming service has been done away with and any Smart Phones are not good for use across the border. Anyone else able to chime in here that is using Bell service?
That's absurd.

Roaming is alive and well, and people are still getting huge bills because they didn't plan ahead. I'm not familiar with Bell's offerings, but Rogers has roaming data packs/plans. Though insufficient and overpriced, they bring down the per KB cost substantially.

If your iPhone is unlocked, then get a SIM from a local carrier, like AT&T or T-Mobile. You'll save a bundle, but have a new number while in the US.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #3
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Would you know if AT&T (US) would have a booth at the Toronto airport?
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Would you know if AT&T (US) would have a booth at the Toronto airport?
None of the US carriers do, from what I've seen. Most, however, would have stores in US airports.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 09:18 AM   #5
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I can't even remember if I have an unlocked iPhone or not. Is there a surefire method of finding out?
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Best way is to call your carrier and find out. If you bought it from Bell or a Bell rep, it is probably locked. If you got it from Apple at the full $600+ price, it is probably unlocked. Looking at the Bell site, there are some roaming packages.

http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/USA_Travel_Bundles

They are not cheap, but probably your best option.
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Old Mar 28th, 2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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I can't even remember if I have an unlocked iPhone or not. Is there a surefire method of finding out?
If you bought it from bell it is locked. If you bought it from the apple online store, chances are it is unlocked depending on the model & year you purchased it.

iPhone: Wireless carrier support and features

best way to find out, is by putting a different sim in it and plugging into iTunes
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Best way is to call your carrier and find out. If you bought it from Bell or a Bell rep, it is probably locked. If you got it from Apple at the full $600+ price, it is probably unlocked. Looking at the Bell site, there are some roaming packages.

http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/USA_Travel_Bundles

They are not cheap, but probably your best option.
These plans aren't available to Bell Prepaid customers. He is prepaid.
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I bought the phone new from an eBayer. And, yes, I'm prepaid, which might change the scenario.
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I checked one of the few available IMEI checkers and it says my iPhone is locked. I think I remember that being said when I purchased it. So, I may have to rely on my iPad with a US SIM installed. I could make Skype calls with it.
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