Canadian Cell Phones

I was expecting to arrive in a communication nirvana. Dirt cheap, ubiquitous wireless access of all sorts. I figured they’d be giving away data cards and other wireless devices by the roadside. “Welcome to wireless utopia”.

I was sadly disappointed.

You pay to receive calls on your cell phone (mobile), long distance calling (outside the immediate area) costs a fortune, you pay $30 to $60 just to buy a SIM card. It’s outrageously expensive. Bah.

3 thoughts on “Canadian Cell Phones”

  1. Hey Callum,

    I guess they have the same system as the US.

    When I was there I got a pay-as-you-go mobile so that people
    could contact me. I got $30 of credit with it and figured that
    I wouldn’t use that in the month that I was there.

    I took calls…and took calls (mostly from the UK) then after
    3 days the phone went dead….no credit…”shurely shome mishtake?”

    I went back to the Verizon dealer to voice my concerns (in person of course as I had no credit!) only to be told that anything outside NY, where I bought the phone, would be classed as long distance.

    One thing about the Americans (and I inlcude Canadians in that term) they know how to charge for stuff!

    Got your winter woolies yet? If not you better get some ‘cos when it hits…it hits HARD.

    R

  2. That’s a bloody good point, I’d better check out if I pay long distance to receive calls when I’m out of my “home” area code. Bah.

  3. Just checked with Rogers, I always pay the same rate to receive calls and local is local to wherever I am physically located. So if I’m in Vancouver calling Vancouver, it’s a local call. If I’m in Montreal calling Montreal, it’s a local call. Much better than I expected.

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