Best US SIM Card for Canadians traveling to the United States
One of the most common questions that I get as I travel around the world is “How do you stay connected and online with your phone when traveling outside of Canada?”.
The answer is
1) I have an unlocked iPhone and
2) in most places that I travel I purchase a local SIM card so that I can stay connected wherever I am.
3) Specifically when traveling to the US as a Canadian the answer is using a US SIM card from Roam Mobility. (As of June 30th, 2020 Roam Mobility is closing down due to the pandemic.)
Buying a local sim card everywhere you go beats jumping from wifi to wifi, from hotel to McDonald’s, Starbucks, etc. It also keeps you from bugging friends to share a personal hot spot constantly.
Whether you are Canadian or not before you travel abroad tell your cell phone service provider and they can arrange a talk, text and data roaming plan for your trip. In most cases you will pay an arm and a leg each day for this option. The longer your trip the worse the fees. Whether your cell phone is with Bell, Rogers, Virgin, Koodo, Fido, Lucky Penny 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.
On average Canadian cell phone companies charge $7 – $10 a day to use your phone with talk, text and data while in the United States. This fee is extra on top of the cell phone plan you already pay for. After all of that then the data amounts and speeds you are given are limited as well.
There is now a much more affordable option with Roam Mobility which is made specifically for Canadians traveling to the US. (As of June 30th, 2020 Roam Mobility is closing down due to the pandemic.)
Without a doubt in my mind Roma Mobility is the best SIM card for Canadians traveling to the United States.
**You do need to have your phone unlocked to use them**
Where can you buy Roam Mobility SIM cards?
Once your phone is unlocked you can purchase one of their SIM cards on their website or at various stores in Canada. You can buy Roam Mobility sim cards at every Staples, London Drugs or Petro Canada gas stations. To find a location to buy near you check out the list on their site HERE.
How do Roam Mobility SIM cards work?
Once you have your Roam Mobility sim, activate it online at RoamMobility.com. Choose the plan that best suits you depending on the length of your trip and your needs. There are various options available that you can mix and match with data, talk and text options. Then select the time and dates you wish for the sim to be active.
As long as you use the SIM once a year then you can keep using it without ever needing to get a new one. Which is convenient so you can always keep the same US phone number.
The Roam Mobility SIM cards give you your own US number and allows you to text, talk and have data while traveling around the US.
How much are the Roam Mobility plans?
You can pay by day, $4.95 for talk, text and data or you can pay by month for longer trips which is perfect for Canadian snowbirds, $64.95 a month. 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 on your usage. You only use what you pay for which is nice so you don’t come home to a phone bill of a million dollars. If you run out of data you can just log on to their site and add more.
When you run low on data, text the word “balance” to 7850. Within a few moments will be sent a text back with how many mbs/gbs you have used and have remaining. If you need to contact support one of the quickest ways to hear back from them is to send them a DM on Twitter @roammobility.
It has even worked for me in the middle of nowhere Lanai, Hawaii on a boat!
Where is there coverage?
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. I was recently on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai and my Roam sim even gave me coverage there.
Wherever possible the Roam Mobility SIM cards use T-Mobile towers to give you the best connection.
If you have any questions or other suggestions about what is the best sim card for Canadians to use when traveling to the US please let me know!
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!