Starting service in Canada is pretty straightforward. Get your sim card and some airtime below, and call Rogers Toll Free Activation number upon arrival in Canada or activate your sim online at the Rogers Canada web site prior to arrival. You will need a prepaid voucher for service activation - widely available upon arrival in Canada or you can purchase a refill pin here at mrsimcard.
You are welcome to choose any Rogers Canada rate plan when you activate your service. We have looked at them and isolated three good ones. There are two challenges.
1. Lower cost rate plans have few included minutes; local calls cost 25c/min and long distance charges are additional
2. Decent data cost $30 or $50 for 1GB or 2GB valid 30 days
The plans we like are :
(1) -Talk & Text 15 + Day Pass Data
Plan includes unlimited Canada text and about $10 for Day Pass data. This is a decent plan for a short stay in Canada with data connectivity and minimal calling. Use Skype, Pinger, or MRSIM WorldTalk for Calls. Local calls are 25c/min. - The Plan will require a $30 refill pin at minimum.
(2) -Talk and Text 20
Plan includes unlimited Canada text and unlimited local calls from Fri. 6PM - Mon 7AM. Use Skype, Pinger, or MRSIM WorldTalk for Calls. Local calls are 25c/min. - The Plan will require a $30 refill pin.
(3) -Talk & Text & Internet 65
Plan includes unlimited Canada text and 1Gig data. Plan includes free incoming calls, Free local Nights, and Weekends from 6PM - Mon 7AM. Use Skype, Pinger, or MRSIM WorldTalk for long distance Calls over data. Local calls are 25c/min. - The Plan will require a $75 refill pin.
The day pass costs $1 per day for 10MB data or $5 per week for 60MB data. Pay for it from cash loaded to your line. This works awesomely with T&T 15 plan and is the least costly way to do data in Canada.
How to purchase Internet Add-ons:
Just launch your internet browser and you'll be asked to purchase a wireless internet pass when you browse to any chargeable website before you can continue.
Blackberry service is available for $15 for 30 days service. The Blackberry Service plan includes On-device browsing, email, instant messaging including BBM and application use and is an addon to a talk and text plan. You will need an unlocked blackberry to use this plan.
|Charge||Includes||How to Purchase.|
|$10/month||100MB||Call 1 800 575-9090. Select 3 for account features.|
|$25/month||500MB||Same as above|
|Daily Data Day Pass|
|$1/Day||10MB||Open web browser and you'll be asked to purchase a data pass when you browse the web.|
|$5/week||60MB||Same as above|
Call from Canada to anywhere in North America (excluding Mexico) any time, any day for only $0.35 per minute. Regular airtime is charged in addition to long distance rates.
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MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
MMS Port: 80
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1. Order your ROGERS Canada Sim, and some airtime. We will ship the sim to you from Washington DC, and email your refill pins.
2. Use the refill pin to activate your service just before arrival in Canada.
3. Add money to your sim online at mrsimcard.com
4. Arrive Canada. Insert the sim. Power cycle the the phone.
5. Set the APN if you are using data.
To check your Canada SIM card account balance, free of charge, simply dial *46. All refill vouchers are valid 30 days except the 100 voucher which is valid 365 days. If you don't top up your account before the balance expiry date, any remaining balance in your account will expire and be lost. You will no longer be able to use your phone except for emergency 911 calls. However you can restore your expired balance if you top up within 7 days of the expiry date.
Customer care is offered via a local number +1 855 381-7834. Customer service is of course multi-lingual.
Call Rogers Wireless at this number for best service - 1 888 764 3771, Press 4, 0#, 0#, 0# - then press 1 to get to a Human quickly.