Well, with AT&T, for $10 incremental a month, you can get free Canada calling, but be careful the texting and the data are expensive. Make sure to call AT&T and get your phone internationally enabled. Their page is really complicated but when you go overseas, here is what you have to do:
- Sign up for an international voice plan. You can do this online. Do it before you go or if you forget as soon as you can find a web browser.
- Sign up for an international text plan. They have a global messaging plan
- Sign up for an international data plan. This is optional, but you want it because you can use it instead of the very expensive texting plans.
- Sign up for the regular unlimited text plan.
When you return, you have to reset everything. AT&T allows you to change plan a day at a time so this is realy cost effective. One confusing thing is that with the US plan, there is a special $30 plan that gives you any mobile to any mobile calling with unlimited messaging, but not with Canada, so you have to reselect thatl.
With Verizon, the situation is a little stranger, the texting plan works there so you don’t need to spend anything extra and for an extra $10/month, you can get calling. Net, net, in Canada on Verizon text like crazy. Will be interesting to see if the phone needs to be activated to work there.