Prepaid Canada SIM Card
*) Compared to receiving calls on your US number while roaming with an American carrier. Retaining your US number abroad is a unique feature of HolidayPhone, not available for SIM cards sold elsewhere.
Call tariffs in Canada
|Voice+Data SIM||Data-only SIM|
|Call to US||0.50 CAD/min*||N/A|
|Receive calls on your American mobile phone number in Canada||From 0.50 CAD/min deducted from the call balance by the Canadian carrier. 1 hour of free forwarding from your US phone number included, additional call forwarding from $0.06/minute. Note that there is a fee of 0.50 CAD/min for receiving all calls in Canada.||N/A|
|Receive calls dialed to the Canadian SIM number||0.50 CAD/min*||N/A|
|Mobile Internet||25 CAD for 500MB/30 days||1GB/30 days included|
|Send text messages across the world||0.35 CAD||N/A|
|Receive text messages||Free||N/A|
|Local calls within Canada||0.50 CAD/min||N/A|
|Call travel companion also using HolidayPhone||0.40 CAD/min||N/A|
Canadian VAT (13%) is added to all prices. The exchange rate used is 1.00 CAD = 1.00 USD
*) To get the above rates, you must first add a long distance plan. The cost for the American long distance plan is 5 CAD and is deducted from your call balance. If you choose not to activate the long distance plan, rates will be higher than listed above. You get instructions on how to activate the long distance plan from your phone, with your order.
Flat Rate Mobile Internet in Canada
Canada Voice+Data SIM Card
Flat rate mobile Internet packages are available at 25 CAD for 500MB valid for 30 days.
When you start surfing on your phone, you will receive a question if you accept that the cost is deducted
from your call balance. When you accept the cost, 25 CAD (+13% VAT) is deducted from your call balance.
Just make sure you have call balance available.
With our Canadian Voice+Data SIM Card, it's only possible to surf the net from the phone. Tethering with computer or usage in iPad is not possible.
Say goodbye to arbitrary per MB fees while traveling to Canada.
The Canada Voice+Data SIM Card is valid 30 days from the last top up, so it can last forever as long as you top up at least once every 30 days.
Data SIM Card for Canada
The Data SIM card for Canada is pre-loaded with 1GB data in 3G/4G speed up to 150Mbps and is ready to use.
No activation SMS (or topping up) is needed so it's ideal to use as a mobile broadband SIM in your dongle/router/tablet/iPad/modem
for 30 days from the start of usage.
With this SIM card, you can also use Tethering (internetsharing) with other devices.
The Data SIM Card does not include voice/text services.
How long does 1GB data last?
This is a tough question to answer, because it depends on how you use it.
Typically 1GB data lasts for:
4000 emails (no attachments), plus 500 emails with attachments, plus 3000 web pages, plus 200 photos to social media sites, plus 250 hours of Google Navigation usage.
Say goodbye to arbitrary per MB fees while travelling to Canada!
Calling the US from Canada
When calling the USA using your HolidayPhone SIM card, just dial +1 followed by the US phone number. For example: 212-333-4444 becomes +12123334444.
Receive calls in Canada
You receive inbound calls dialed to your American mobile phone number just as usual as all calls are seamlessly forwarded from the US to your Canadian prepaid SIM card without international roaming charges.
In Canada, there is a cost of 0.50 CAD /min for receiving all calls (deducted from the call balance of the Canadian SIM card). This cost is still a fraction of the cost for receiving calls with a US carrier in Canada, as with HolidayPhone there is no additional international roaming fee applied for receiving calls in Canada dialed to your US number.
Validity and topping up
The Canadian Voice+Data SIM Card contains 22.60 CAD start balance for calls and Internet. Most customers add the American Long Distance plan (5 CAD deducted from your call balance) to get the lowered call rates listed above. You can choose to add additional call balance when ordering.
You can also buy additional call credit online at any time during your trip. The SIM Card that is included with HolidayPhone is from the largest operator in Canada.
The Canadian Voice+Data SIM Card is valid 30 days from the last top up, so it can last forever as long as you top up at least once every 30 days.
The Data-Only SIM card for Canada is valid for 30 days from first day of usage and cannot be extended. No topping up is needed as it contains 1GB data usage.
What if the call forwarding time runs out?
The HolidayPhone package includes 1 hour of calls forwarded from the US. If you need more call forwarding, you can easily add extra hours at a low cost when placing your order, or when you're already at your destination.
When your call forwarding time is consumed, the call forwarding feature will simply stop working. You will never be charged extra fees for the service.
In comparison, it often costs $1-$5 per minute to receive calls while roaming with a US carrier abroad, so by using HolidayPhone, you can save up to $300 on receiving 1 hour of calls on your American phone number while traveling.
Frequency bands in Canada
To use your device in Canada, you will need a device that supports the Canadian network frequencies.
These frequencies are the same used in USA.
Your phone must support at least GSM(voice)/GPRS 1900Mhz, but preferably also GSM/GPRS 850Mhz for maximum coverage. Most of the 2G GSM/voice network is however on 1900Mhz.
To get full 3G data speed (up to 42Mbps), you will also need support for 3G 850/1900Mhz. Most of the 3G network is on 850Mhz.
If you have a device supporting LTE on 700Mhz or AWS 1700Mhz you can also get LTE/4G network speeds up to 150Mbps where available.
If you're unsure about what frequencies your phone supports - google on your phone model followed by the word 'specifications' and you will likey find it at the very top of the search results.
Network coverage in Canada
Coverage map for the Voice+Data SIM card
Coverage map for the Data-only SIM card
Choose between Micro, Nano or Standard sized SIM
When ordering, be sure to choose the correct size and get a Micro, Nano or Standard sized SIM card.
- Standard size is used in older phones. - Micro size is used in iPhone 4/4S and newer phone models. - Nano size is only used in iPhone 5/5S/5C and iPad Mini.
If you are unsure about what size you'll need, just measure your current SIM card.
No obligations. No hassle. Direct dial local SIMs.
All HolidayPhone SIMs are local prepaid SIM cards which means that we can offer much lower rates, compared to using an "international SIM card".
There are no obligations, no contract and no subscription. We never charge any fees retrospectively.
If your destination country requires SIM card registration, we process your registration with the carrier on your behalf ahead of your arrival, so you don't have to worry about it. All HolidayPhone SIM cards are ready for use when you arrive at your destination.
Compare our offer with competitors
HolidayPhone offers a solution that is cheap and easy to use. If you're comparing our service with other providers, make sure to check:
Do you get your US calls forwarded for free, or will you be unreachable on your usual number while abroad?
Is mobile Internet / data included, or available at a reasonable price?
Is the SIM card activated and registered for you, or will you have to go through that hassle yourself upon arrival?
And lastly - compare rates. Our rates for calls, texts and internet are among the cheapest available in our destination countries.
Order HolidayPhone Canada prepaid SIM card
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You will receive the Canadian SIM card along with simple as 1-2-3 instructions posted to your home address, prior to your departure.
Keep in mind:
Get the right sizeDouble check to find out if you need a standard, micro or nano SIM card.
Purchase top upsDon't forget to add top ups or data plans, if needed, when you place your order. Generally, our basic SIM packages do not have a balance.
Your phone must be unlockedIn order to use our SIM cards, your cell phone cannot be locked to a carrier. If you're unsure, contact your operator directly. Or maybe you have an older, unlocked phone you can use instead?
Do you have any questions?Check out our FAQ