International Calling

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  1. NewBeginnings87

    NewBeginnings87 Bobtail Member

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    I hope this is the right place to post. My husband's passport renewal finally went through and he's now eligible to drive into Canada. We are trying to figure out what the best option for a phone plan that includes international calling, would be. His company recommends Verizon for the best coverage but I'm wondering about Google Fi which doesn't run off Verizon at all, for a more cost effective option. Most of his data usage goes to Google Maps. He's not a web surfer or youtube watcher, anything like that. We live in Montana, which is also where his company is based, but he drives OTR, coast to coast...and potentially now Canada, so I do wonder about how the coverage would be here at home. My current MVNO plan runs off ATT and I seem to have slightly worse coverage, as we travel around SW Montana, than his current Verizon MVNO (which he is not satisfied with and would like to switch from in any case).

    This is probably going to sound very stupid, but I honestly don't know. Google Fi charges 20 cents per minute for international calls. I presume that means when he's calling me or the office from Canada. Does that apply if I call him? I'm guessing it does.

    The questions: Do you think Google Fi would have the coverage he needs at home and while driving and do you think it would be most cost effective? If not, what would you suggest instead?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    We use IB Talk.
    My wife calls her family and friends almost every day in China and it costs about .02 cents per minute. Sometimes she talks for an hour or more at a time.
    She calls using her cell phone.
     
  4. Razorwyr

    Razorwyr Road Train Member

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    My ATT plan is a North American plan, covers US, Canada, and Mexico as if I were sitting at home
     
  5. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Whatsapp - free international calling. I use it when calling NZ.
     
  6. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

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    I have T-mobile and used it all over the country. There are a few rural areas where it's iffy, but I rarely have a total lack of signal. They have improved by leaps and bounds over what they use to be. I ran all the eastern provinces of Canada, all the way out to St. Johns Newfoundland and had good coverage. Talk time is unlimited up there, but they do put a limit on data usage on Canadian providers. My plan has unlimited data, talk and text in the US.
     
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