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One of the most common questions that I get as I travel around the world is how do I stay connected and online when I am traveling outside of Canada. That question has a simple answer and it is that I have an unlocked iPhone and in most places that I travel I purchase a local SIM card so that I can stay connected wherever I am. Buying a sim card everywhere I go also beats jumping from wifi to wifi spot, from hotel to McDonald’s, etc. which is another less appealing option.

Being a Canadian when I travel to the United States however I can tell my Canadian service provider who will give me text, talk and data roaming options that I can pay an arm and a leg for while on my trip. Whether your cell phone is with Bell, Rogers, Virgin, Koodo or one of the other Canadian cell phone service providers, they all have phone plans that you can pay extra for to stay connected when traveling south of the border. However those costs can add up especially when you are using a lot of data like I tend to do.

In the past year though I have found myself  a much more affordable option with Roam Mobility which is made specifically for Canadians traveling to the US.

how does roam mobility work - The Best SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States

Without a doubt in my mind they are the best sim card for Canadians traveling to the United States. **You do need to have your phone unlocked to use them**, however once that is done you can purchase one of their SIM cards just once (on their site or at various stores in Canada listed HERE.), activate it online at RoamMobility.com, chose the plan that best suits you depending on the length of your trip and your needs and then use it every time you visit the US. As long as you use it at least once within a years period then you can keep using it without ever needing to get a new one.

Their SIM cards give you your own US number and allow you to text, talk and have data while traveling around the US.

roam mobility daily plans - The Best SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States

roam mobility monthly plans - The Best SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States

You can pay by day ($4.95 for talk, text and data) or you can pay by month for longer trips ($64.95 a month). Or you can switch up what you need and get talk and text only, text and data only, etc. Using Roam you can’t go over and come home to a phone bill of a million dollars because you only pay for what you plan for ahead of time and if you run out of data you can just log on to their site and add more.

Using Roam Mobility in Lanai, Hawaii - The Best SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States

It has even worked for me in the middle of nowhere Lanai, Hawaii on a boat!

If you are worried about whether or not there will be cell coverage where you are traveling to in the US you can also check out their coverage map to see where coverage is available. Two weeks ago I was on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai and my Roam sim even gave me coverage there.

Aside from answering the question on what I do to stay connected while traveling with my phone with this post I am also excited to partner with RoamMobility to do a giveaway to you! (Canadians only…. sorry, sorry, sorry.)

roam mobility prize pack - The Best SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States

Canadians can enter to win this awesome Roam prize pack!

Here comes the best part, I am giving away to a lucky follower 2 Roam SIM cards, with 5 day Talk+Text+Data plans, 2 Roam SIM wallets (I need one of these!), 2 pairs of cool blue Roam sunglasses, 2 Roam luggage tags, and 2 Roam mini towels. (Approximate value of prizes $100.)

To enter to win you 1) MUST be Canadian, 2) You must comment on the below instagram photo (on my instagram account) and tell me what is your favourite US destination to travel too!

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Next week I will select one winner at random! Good luck!!

 

Thanks to Roam Mobility for sponsoring my large amounts of data when I travel to the US. All opinions and views are my own. Sorry non-Canadians!