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Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

International Travel

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.

Oracle

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


You got it right.  There are no other options outside of buying a local service.  The messaging apps work great provided there is WiFi available.

Mayor / Maire

Re: International Travel

You could buy a local sim or use Gigsky sim.  If you have access to wi-fi then you could use Skype, Fongo, or TextNow.

Mayor / Maire

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


I think I've read that some US territories will work like being in the states.

Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


PM has 400 minutes international talk for $15(Add on), but unfortunately it doesn't cover Caribbean. You may try local SIM card.

Mayor / Maire

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


As soon as you leave Canada on the way to Caribbean...your Public Mobile service will not work.

I can vouch for TextNow. It's a free app and you can make free calls / texts as long as you have a robust wifi connection. I've used it for my travels and it seems to work just fine.

Safe travels.

Mayor / Maire

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


@sherikingYes, that is agood plan. In addition most of the local providers have kiosks or booths inside/outside the airports that you can stop by and they have prepaid data/minutes plans for short duarations that might be worthwhile to check out.

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: International Travel

I am traveling to Tokyo and buying a local sim there. Have don’t it a few times before and I works really good and a lot cheaper than getting a international plan. 

Mayor / Maire

Re: International Travel


@hycm53 wrote:

@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


PM has 400 minutes international talk for $15(Add on), but unfortunately it doesn't cover Caribbean. You may try local SIM card.


@hycm53  That add-on only works when in Canada. OP will be in the Caribbean so this is not an option.

Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

Re: International Travel


@sheriking wrote:

It doesn't sound like PM has a coverage plan outside of Canada/U.S.  We are traveling to the Caribbean in September - don't necessarily need to make calls, I guess the best way to communicate with family back home is through WIFI and using Facebook Messenger or WhatsUp.  Any comments/suggestions?  Thx.


Those apps over WiFi are fine. Depends on how you tend to stay in touch with family/friends and what you mean by "calls". Do you tend to use Skype-like apps like the one you suggested? (Where you're just calling a contact and not an actual number.) Or do you call actual numbers? 

 

If numbers, I'd suggest either Textnow (as some others did) and Fongo (that's the one I'd recommend, just from my own experience). You'll get a REAL number (separate from your PM number) that's tied to the app. From it, you can make/receive calls as if you were in Canada. Coverage for Fongo is quite good and there are no limits on # of calls, etc; texting is an extra cost, but it's reasonable.