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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Roam Mobility SIM card & phone service for travel to U.S.

I have a prepaid plan on my iPhone that doesn't allow roaming but my iPhone is unlocked. I travel to the U.S. several times a year, and I found out about a Canadian company called Roam Mobility that sells a SIM card and phone/text/data service for the U.S. The SIM costs $20 and the service is $4/day. Have any of you used this company before and if so, were you happy with the service and price? What other alternatives should I consider for occasional travel to the U.S.?
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 01:49 PM   #2
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Roam mobility is pretty much the only one that have data in their prepaid plans.

I used it. It's pretty good.
But make sure where you go have coverage. I went to niagarafalls and it was pretty much useless at the outlet mall.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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i have a pay as you go to mobile plan. unltd US calling, texting and data (first 200MB/day is 4G) for $3 US/day.

cant beat it.

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i have a pay as you go to mobile plan. unltd US calling, texting and data (first 200MB/day is 4G) for $3 US/day.

cant beat it.

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Can you comment on the speed of t-mobile plan on your iPhone (assuming you have an iPhone). When I was in the US I was only able to get 2G service on my iPhone 4S. My son will be moving to Colorado for 6 months and will need unlimited calling, txt and some internet.
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Old Oct 21st, 2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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its been fine every time on my 5. its "4g" but its not full LTE i dont believe. its totally cool for day to day use, web, instagram etc.
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its been fine every time on my 5. its "4g" but its not full LTE i dont believe. its totally cool for day to day use, web, instagram etc.
Thanks. Good to know they've sorted out the network compatibility issues.
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i have a pay as you go to mobile plan. unltd US calling, texting and data (first 200MB/day is 4G) for $3 US/day.

cant beat it.

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When you buy a SIM card for this, how long is it good for? Apparently with ROAM you pay $20 for the card and it's good for a year even if you don't use it again after the first day.
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I use the same T-Mobile prepaid. How long it lasts depends on how much you top it up with. Typical is 3 months, but I think if you put 100$ or more, it lasts a year. If you add more to the account, the balance carries over. Pretty much the same as any Canadian prepaid account when it comes to duration and rollover.

To get HSPA+ speeds, you need an iPhone 5 that was made after April 2013 (when T-Mobile got the iPhone), or a 5c/5s. All other iPhones do not support the AWS band, and fall back to 2G on T-Mobile.
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I use the same T-Mobile prepaid. How long it lasts depends on how much you top it up with. Typical is 3 months, but I think if you put 100$ or more, it lasts a year. If you add more to the account, the balance carries over. Pretty much the same as any Canadian prepaid account when it comes to duration and rollover.

To get HSPA+ speeds, you need an iPhone 5 that was made after April 2013 (when T-Mobile got the iPhone), or a 5c/5s. All other iPhones do not support the AWS band, and fall back to 2G on T-Mobile.
There is 3G (presumably HSPA+ based on speedtests) for the 4S as well. I know cos I have a tmobile account as well.
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I like that you can schedule with Roam for when the plan will begin. So you can pay before hand and have the plan activate when you are going to be arriving in the US.

I've used them once. Was in a spotty service location, so when I had no service it was obviously useless, but otherwise it was good. Will give it another go next trip.

They also updated their plans recently to include more data than previously.
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