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Old 01-30-2016, 03:59 PM   #21
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Signed up for Bell a couple of seasons ago, wasn't so great coverage wise, have used ATT with their intl plan, also coverage and cost was an issue. Last year we had both ATT and Tmobile, liked Tmobile better. No additional fees, except call from Canada 20 cents a minute, nothing for data or texts. Coverage hit and miss, but that depends on where you are, not so much as the carrier. We never got above Cape Caution last year, so cant say what you will find further north, I would assume very little.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:06 PM   #22
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As many have mentioned coverage is a question, and might be the trump card in determining the best way to go. Many of the smaller carriers have great sounding plans but only service urban areas. Georgia Strait and Gulf Islands are all pretty good from the big players. There is a lot of variability of coverage between the urban and remote areas.

Once you get into remote spots there can be no coverage from anyone! In the west coast Telus and Bell share cell towers so coverage is similar. I have used both Telus and Bell and could not see a big difference between them - maybe Telus better but that also might be my imagination. I also used Rogers for years and think their coverage lead back in the day has disappeared. YMMV

Also as other have mentioned marinas often have WiFi, but even with WiFi the remote spots might be connected via satellite so you can't drive much on it.

Thinking about the spots you are frequenting and whose networks plans are roaming on might make the difference.

Good luck. And the silver lining in some places is not having any coverage at all to join in that meeting or do emails - instead having to sit on the back deck with a coffee. Darn.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:32 PM   #23
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Wow great info! Thanks we will check thing out and keep you posted. We do have a Wilson cell phone booster, so that will help. Understand that will be many areas with no service which in that case the family can look at my Spot page....
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Wow great info! Thanks we will check thing out and keep you posted. We do have a Wilson cell phone booster, so that will help. Understand that will be many areas with no service which in that case the family can look at my Spot page....
What are your experiences with the Wilson cell booster?
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What are your experiences with the Wilson cell booster?
Well here at my dock on the Columbia River we have a poor signal. So long as my smart phone is clipped into the cradle, there is a difference. I also have a blue tooth headset, so I can almost walk the entire boat and I am able to talk on the phone. This works very well from the bridge with the cradle downstairs in the salon.

I will say it was a little spendy at $600. It will be interesting to see how it works.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:44 PM   #26
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B.C. cell coverage maps

This is a good resource for managing your expectations:

Cellular/Mobile Equipment Maps

T-Mobile tends to roam to Rogers, Verizon to Telus although your mileage may vary.
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T-Mobile tends to roam to Rogers, Verizon to Telus although your mileage may vary.

Not very helpful. The maps I looked at in BC were 10 -12 years old...
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Not very helpful. The maps I looked at in BC were 10 -12 years old...
I don't think the towers have moved much . See this:


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Maybe, but I bet they built a few since then...

Like this one.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:36 PM   #30
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We use ATT prepaid phone plans, ie, no contract. For $60/month you get 5GB high-speed data in the U.S., MX and CA; thereafter unlimited data usage at reduced speeds up to 128Kbps. Unused high-speed data carries over for one 30-day renewal period. get unlimited txt, phone.

https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/gophone-plans.html
I was thinking of this until I read this:

Mexico and Canada: Includes unlimited calling and texting within and between U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Also includes use of the high-speed data allotment from your plan in Mexico or Canada. Both the number of texts and number of voice minutes used, made, or received while in Mexico and Canada cannot exceed 50% of the total number of texts or voice minutes in a month for any consecutive three-month period, or service may be terminated.
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Go with T-Mobile. Data is free everywhere in the civilized world. T-Mobile will work on any GSM phone.
I'll second that. Travel extensively throughout North America and Europe and have excellent coverage (all unlimited), with free data, and phone is a hot spot. No extra charge. I do carry a second gsm phone with a European 30 day SIM card ($6) when I'm staying in Spain for several weeks, so the EU locals don't have to pay an international call charge to call my US phone.

(The one exception I found was Gibraltar. Due to a long running dispute between Spain and UK over the Rock, it isn't available there.)
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