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We have a newer iPhone, and AT&T coverage, which works in Canada, but has high roaming charges, we simply shut it off.
Use the internet to keep in touch with the kids. and Email is great.

Coverage is coverage, no towers you get no service. Da


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Tom/Barb wrote:

We have a newer iPhone, and AT&T coverage, which works in Canada, but has high roaming charges, we simply shut it off.
Use the internet to keep in touch with the kids. and Email is great.

Coverage is coverage, no towers you get no service. Da


No roaming charges on my AT&T pay as you go plan while in Canada, used it for a month up here and used a bit of data.





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AT&T has an international add-on plan for the cell phones. I used it in China last fall. $10 flat fee for 24 hours of use. You only pay if you use the phone within a given 24 hours and you pay only $10 no matter how many calls you make in that 24 hours.

So, I made a bunch of calls all on one day. Then made a bunch more a week later. $20 and I was able to talk to everyone I needed to talk to without worrying.


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• Canadian propane tanks are larger in diameter than US tanks. The Canadian ones would not fit in our camper. The strap to secure the tank is about a quarter of an inch too short. We had to get our tank refilled, not exchanged.

Exchanging a LP tank is one of the BIGGEST RIPOFF there is ! Exchange tanks only put 15 lbs in the tank !! They claim it is for "safety", but those tanks are design, tested and certified to hold 20 lbs.

The only time I would ever exchange a tank was if it was expired.

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We have ATT unlimited plus, which includes free calls to and from Canada and Mexico as well as unlimited data. It worked surprisingly well in both Canada and Alaska. And, later in the fall, it worked very well in Mexico. We carried some cash, but it was rare that we couldn't use a credit card. The easiest place to get cash is at a Wal-Mart, since you don't have to pay an ATM fee for the cash.

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The only problem we had with our cell phones in Canada was dealing with Bell, it's system would simply not recognizes some USA phone numbers, like my credit union. We have Verizon service.

If your debt card has a MasterCard logo on it you'll be charged a 1% surcharge when using it outside the USA, it will show up as a international trans-action fee, MasterCard didn't do this in 2015 when we traveled through Canada but did this past summer, 2018.

My Costco Card wouldn't work at any Costco in Canada but worked fine at any USA Costco stores, a mystery at hand.

We were never asked about fruits or vegetables coming or going, just money, guns, pepper spray stuff like that.


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Interesting that Costco in the US is allied with Visa and here in Canada with MasterCard. Makes it tough if you have only one US dollar credit card for us travel, pay more if you use your Canadian dollar Visa card.

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Does this include Debit cards too?

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Never had a problem with using a Canadian debit card at US Costco’s. It’s interesting that the credit card chip and pin systems aren’t compatible. Canada went chip and pin in 2007.


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Canadian propane tanks are larger in diameter than US tanks. The Canadian ones would not fit in our camper. The strap to secure the tank is about a quarter of an inch too short. We had to get our tank refilled, not exchanged.


Not sure what to make of that??...I have bought portable 20lb tanks ( 5 gal ) in both Canada, and US over the years and put them in a 12" x12" plastic milk crate to carry in my truck box. They all fit the crate exactly the same for me..same with 30lb tanks ( 7 gal ) ....11lb tanks ( 2.5 gal ) can be different shapes. Tall as a 20 lb tank but smaller diameter, or same diameter as a 20 lb tank but not as tall.


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