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Old 06-29-2014, 08:23 AM   #1
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Canada GPS and cell phone

I will be driving into Canada tomorrow and am thinking of buying a GPS and a prepay phone once I am in Canada. My gps will not show Canada and my phone is not capable of doing Canada.
So, I need a gps that will do the eastern part of Canada as we will be doing Montreal to Nova Scotia. Any ideas?
Also how about a prepay phone? I have heard they are expensive but really need one for family.
Also what store would I be able to get the gps and the phone?

Or could I get an android phone for both

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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What kind of a GPS do you have? When you get into Canada head to Walmart and grab a pre paid phone. Play around with your GPS' settings and look for a setting that allow you to switch countries. Ours allows us to switch from all countries North American and Europeon.

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We have Verizon share plan on our phone and added Canada to it last year traveling in the Maritimes. It cost us $15.00 a month to add and we got 1000 talk and unlimited text but make sure you turn off the data on yu phone its very expensive. That was much chealer than a burner phone. We alao use Co-pilot app on our android smartphones and tablet for our gps we just added the Canadian maps to it and the worked fine in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland also a side trip to Labador. You don't need a data connectio to use Co-pilot you down load the maps to your device. We been using Co-polit as our fultime gps and it has not steered us wrong.

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A GPS, that doesn't cover Canada, I hope you got it cheap. I've heard of no Mexico coverage , but yours is the first, no Canada.
Other members have reported problems getting a Canadian cell phone , without a Canadian address, but that was for travel in B.C. and Alberta, so it might be a Telus, the major carrier, or regional thing.
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I'm also curious about the GPS brand. Most are equipped with North America maps, you might have to pay to purchase maps for Canada, but most provide coverage. The actual signals cover all of Canada and require no special Canadian receiver.

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Most interesting about the GPS. I have a couple Garmins that have North American coverage.

The newer one has more memory so can load the entire North American database.

The older one is has smaller memory so I have to choose the areas of coverage. I generally pick the west coast as that is where I normally travel. If I am planning on travelling out of the area currently on it I simply plan my route and then load the approriate areas into it using the appropriate Garmin software.

If you are using another brand of GPS I am fairly sure they will have similar options.
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My older Garmin came with maps that covered US & Canada. On my new Garmin I had to download the Canada maps.
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I have an older AT&T android phone that I had unlocked when the contract ran out. When I travel into Canada I stop at a Petro-Canada station and buy a prepaid SIM card. When I put it into my phone, it gives me a local number and data. I can then use google navigation etc as if I were home in the US. The sim cards get deactivated if you don't keep them active, so generally I have to get a new one every time.
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I have a Garmin Nuvi GPS, 2 years old. If you look at the GPS's in Best Buy etc... the gps will have the USA on them or USA/Canada on the box. So not all GPS's are good in Canada. I guess you could go to the Garmin website and download the Canadian maps but for a cost. You also may not have the memory to do it.
So next time you are in Best Buy, Walmart look at the box and you will see what I am talking about.
I did buy another GPS today and it has USA/Canada loaded.
Lesson learned!!
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