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We'll be doing P.O.E probably on Jan.2nd, but knowing that cell phone carriers tend to have good deals for the holidays we were looking to see if it was worth signing up for one now. I was just wondering what carrier people used that had reasonable pricing for making calls/texts to Canada?

I'm finding that it is not very well advertised on many of the big carrier's websites.


Started dating (online) June 2007

Met November 2007

Engaged August 2008

Married January 2009

He moved to Canada May 2009

Had a baby December 2011

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If you want the best value you could get a $100 Motorola E on Republic Wireless (https://www.republicwireless.com) and then pay $10 / month for unlimited calls within the US, and including Canada.

This is actually what I did this week.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
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13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
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299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
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You can get prepaid phones that do $60/ month unlimted calling nationwide, unlimited data, and unlimited calling to Canada. http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home

I just added $10/month to get 1000 minutes to call Canada because without it, my bill was $30-$40 higher. I'm with verizon. (already could text there for free)

Sprint has a $15/ month addon to get unlimited calling and texting to Canada but charges you for both otherwise.

ATT says if you pay $5/ month the call only costs you .01 cent per minute instead of .39 cents.

I personally think the pay as you go (prepaid etc..) is the cheapest BUT they tend to have the worst service.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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When I am in the US I use Red Pocket Mobile which includes some international minutes and texts in the package... not sure how useful this will be to you but might be worth checking it out :)


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February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

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My husband has Sprint. He uses Skype to call. There are many apps now that you can get that have a Canadian # where you can call and text. Search for some of those


27-09-2013: MARRIED :)

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17-05-2014: NOA2 I-130 Approved!


NVC
02-06-2014: Case arrived at NVC
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07-07-2014: DS-261 submitted
08-07-2014: AOS fee invoiced
09-07-2014: AOS fee paid

09-07-2014: NVC said they rec'd DS-261
11-07-2014: AOS package emailed

05-08-2014: IV package emailed
03-09-2014: IV fee invoiced
03-09-2014: IV fee paid

04-09-2014: DS-260 completed

09-09-2014: Checklist Received (I-864ez form, income)
12-09-2014: checklist sent (LAST SCAN DATE)

06-11-2014: Case Complete

Last Leg of the Journey

17-11-2014: Medical (Dr Mascarenhas - Toronto)
18-12-2014: Interview (APPROVED :) )

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Another thing to keep in mind is cell service in that area..some providers are better than others. A few websites out there that can assist on that!!


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1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

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We set up a Google Voice number for calling Canada and have our phone set up so that whenever we dial Canada it switches to Google Voice automatically and it's free. The quality isn't as good though as I think it's through data but it works for us. I mostly just use it to text for free.


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April 23, 2013 - AOS interview - Approved!

January 26, 2015 - Mailed off ROC Application

June 30, 2015 - 10 year greencard in hand

January 25, 2016 - N400 Application Mailed

May 11, 2016 - Citizenship Interview + same-day Oath ceremony!

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We have Verizon. We have the Canada ` Mexico plan for an add-on of $15.00 a month. It says 1000 mins a month, but actually when you are calling from USA to Canada (or Mexico) - it is unlimited. When you are in Canada (or Mexico) it is 1000 minutes per month free. So it works for us. I never have to worry about the charges for calls whether I am in the States or home visiting in Canada.

Verizon has good service too. Hope this helps.


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The best deal by far is T-Mobile. If you are in Canada there is no roaming , free texting and no roaming for Data. if you add Stateside talk for 10 or 15 $ you can cut your long distance to Canada to zero for every phone on the family plan ( up to 10 devices)

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We have Verizon. We have the Canada ` Mexico plan for an add-on of $15.00 a month. It says 1000 mins a month, but actually when you are calling from USA to Canada (or Mexico) - it is unlimited. When you are in Canada (or Mexico) it is 1000 minutes per month free. So it works for us. I never have to worry about the charges for calls whether I am in the States or home visiting in Canada.

Verizon has good service too. Hope this helps.

good to know as I just got this plan. I was paying way too much per month for calls to and from Canada!

I'm also about to take off 20% because I work for target... then I'm going to call them and see if i can stack my husband's veteran status on top of that.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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good to know as I just got this plan. I was paying way too much per month for calls to and from Canada!

I'm also about to take off 20% because I work for target... then I'm going to call them and see if i can stack my husband's veteran status on top of that.

But if you actually visit Canada you need to have an affordable roaming plan...Tmo gets me data text and voice for free


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But if you actually visit Canada you need to have an affordable roaming plan...Tmo gets me data text and voice for free

In Canada I use relatives phones for calling, or wifi only. I turn airplane mode on from arrival to deoarture, which allows for wifi use but no data or calling.


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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We forked out the money for a Cdn phone and only activate it when we need it.

Like you our US phones are on wifi only so we leave them at my parents

In Canada I use relatives phones for calling, or wifi only. I turn airplane mode on from arrival to deoarture, which allows for wifi use but no data or calling.


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Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

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