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Cellular Roaming in Canada
Resources for both the frequent Canada traveler and the casual tourist. Compare the roaming abilities of your current phone with those of other carriers.

Phones That Roam
Find the capabilities of your current phone in Canada. Can you just grab your phone, travel north across the border, and still make calls, texts and access your data?

Canadian Wireless Carriers
When traveling in Canada you can use a locally-purchased Canadian phone or SIM and where you'll get coverage.

Canada Roaming If you are a regular traveler to Canada, get a dedicated Canada "Roaming" phone. You can choose a prepaid phone or SIM that roams in Canada, and pay just for what you need.
Telus is our preferred network for travelers. This GSM carrier offers great coverage, a huge selection of phones, easily purchased SIM's and excellent customer service.

Bell has a great selection of phones and do have GSM SIM's available. While Bell's customer service is a step below our top choice, they have a slight coverage advantage in rural areas.

Rogers has good coverage and a large selection of GSM phones. Rogers is an adequate choice especially if a Rogers store or kiosk is the most convenient.

Freedom Mobile is the largest of the small carriers with service in most large Canadian cities except Montreal and Quebec City, with very little rural coverage. Freedom is the former Wind network which was acquired by Shaw Communications who has agreed to sell Freedom Mobile to Videotron

Regional Carriers
There are other carriers that operate their own network within a single province or region of Canada. They can be a good choice if your travel is confined to that specific area and if there is an attractive level of price or convenience. Coverage of these carriers range from very limited to extensive. These carriers include:
  • CHATR Owned by Rogers Wireless with similar coverage
  • SASKTEL (Covers all of Saskatchewan)
  • VIDEOTRON (Native Coverage limited to Ontario but with the acquistion of Freedom Mobile will provide coverage in several provinces.
There are also other alternative carriers that have no network of their own and utilize the networks of the above carriers.

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