You need to buy a SIM, and take one of their Pay-As-You-Go plans . (They probably want to sell you a phone as well, but just say you already have one.)
If you're in Canada and you buy a factory unlocked phone online from the Apple store you can go into any physical Apple store and get 1 free micro sim. Just tell them which carrier (i.e. TELUS, Rogers, Fido, Bell) you want (see also Telus section for detail problems you might encounter). If you can't get to an Apple store then you have no choice but to buy one from the carrier. i.e. rogers sells the micro sim for $10. (As of Aug 12, 2012). You can also check eBay, unused sim cards are sold for as little as $5. If you buy an iPhone 4 on contract you get a free micro sim but then it's not pay as you go obviously.
Default data rateEdit
$1 / day or $5 / week (any 24-hour period, not a calendar day). See Data and E-mail Add-ons for more information.
For smartphones it is $1.00 / day limited to 10 MB, or $5.00 / week limited to 60 MB, excluding tethering. (8/2012). Data plan can be bought by attempting to browse to a webpage over network.
There is a monthly dataplan available for $25.00 with 500 MB (since March 2012, Fido offers a 2GB plan at the same price) , but it doesn't work with the free "Pay per Minute" plan. It only works with a "Pay per Month" plan.
Fido SIMs can be purchased in their own shops and at many independent mobile retailers. Fido SIMs are also frequently listed on eBay , which is often much cheaper than purchasing from a store since typically some voice minutes are included in the cost. As at 31 August 2010, Micro SIMs could be bought on eBay.ca for approx $10. This included free activation and a $10 talk time credit.
Mini SIMs exist. Fido also currently offers Micro SIM cards as of July 30th for $10.
The SIM you get from an Apple Store is dual size. So it works with both, Mini and Micro SIM.
No Tethering with day, week or month passes. Tethering is only supported up from the 1 GB Plan. (Which isn't available on a Pay as you go plan)
Charging your SIM Card (Rogers)Edit
Rogers moved to a new credit card processing system on November 1, 2011. As a result, you can no longer top up your account with a foreign credit card. If you go to a Rogers store in Canada, you must use cash as the store credit card readers will not accept foreign credit cards as well.
Bell (iPad Plan)Edit
Update: There was no chance to reactivate the data plan for the second time. They must have changed the activation system, so you can only reactivate the SIM from an iPad itself. The rate for the iPad plan itself stays the same.
The SIMs don't just work with iPads, but also with phones (tested with iPhone 3GS, Bell iPhone 5, and US T-Mobile Galaxy Note II). The phone needs to be unlocked (no SIM/carrier lock).
Default data rate
- 250 MB – 15$
- 500 MB – 20$
- 5 GB – 35$
To activate the SIM card, you need to call the phone number on the SIM. (If you don't have a phone, I would recommend to call via Skype or so, it is a free number.)
The Bell Service will ask you for the SIM-Card Number printed on the SIM, after that they ask for a living address in Canada and a phone-no. To activate you will need a Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express).
After the activation, you will receive a phone number, but you can't make calls. That is the reference to your account.
When you connect an iPhone to your computer, it will automatically download the right Carrier-Update. (You will need an internet connection to download that. Keep that in mind.)
There are three ways to get an iPad SIM: Free at any Apple Store, $5 at any Bell Store or The Source, $10 at Best Buy, Futureshop, etc.
Be sure to get a preprovisioned SIM (it is printed on the back of the package), any other won't work!
You can only get a Micro-SIM. To get a normal-size SIM, you have two options: an adapter, or don't break out the SIM, but cut it out in a regular size.
Bell.ca Tablet Flex PlanEdit
Bell's Tablet Flex Plan scales the price you pay according to how much you use it, after the month is over, according to the following rates:
- 10 MB - $5
- 1 GB - $20
- 5 GB - $40
- additional GB beyond 5 - $10 each
The SIMs work with phones in addition to tablets. I tested with a US T-Mobile Galaxy Note II, and got LTE.
Warning: billing cycles. Bell may set your "billing cycle" to be just a few days after you turn on the account. In this case, you will effectively be charged for two months (before and after the bill cycles), each according to the above rates.
Activation. In my experience, you need to activate with a Canadian credit card, so that they can run a Canadian credit check on you, and you need a Canadian address to use (I think this can your hotel or whatever). If you do it in person, they want a Canadian photo ID (e.g. passport), but calling over the phone, a Canadian credit card suffices.
Mifi approach. I purchased a MiFi 2732 mobile 3G hotspot so that I could connect not only my iPad but also other devices (e.g.; laptop) to networks in both Canada and USA.
Bell Tablet PlanEdit
- 250 MB – 15$
- 500 MB - 20$
- 5 GB – 35$
Activation Process You can go into a Bell Store and ask for a pay as you go SIM card for data for $5.00. They activate the SIM in store and give you your number that is assigned to that SIM. They did ask for my name etc for the file.
You then plug into device (in my case a Galaxy Tab) and browse to their self serve page. Click register and add a credit card and choose a default plan. This charge will be made to your credit card for the data. Apparently it will auto renew and there is supposed to be a place to disable the auto-renew but I could not find it, so I called their ph # 1-888-537-9999 and they removed this "feature."
They apparently also accept Bell prepaid card PIN numbers instead of VISA, but I dont know how one would complete the aformentioned registration process without a credit card.
You need to buy a SIM card ($9.99), which is available at Telus stores across the country. Both regular-size SIMs and micro SIMs are available, at the same price. The data device must be compatible with HSPA 850/1900 frequencies (Telus do not operate a 2G GSM network, so purely 2G GSM/EDGE devices will not work).
A Telus SIM is also available for free in Apple Stores, at least a prepaid one. It is supposed to be activated directly in an iPad ($20 for 500 MB, $35 for 5 GB) which requires a credit card with a Canadian billing address. Foreign addresses will not work. With a foreign card, you need to purchase a regular SIM in a Telus store as described, and use any of the data plans mentioned below.
Updated 7 July 2012:
For pay-as-you-go data, you must add a data add-on plan.
- Data 10: 100MB of data for 4G clients only $10
- Data 25: 500MB of data for 4G clients only $25
- Data 30: 1 GB of data for 4G clients only $30
Both standard and micro SIM are available.
Although the plan descriptions say "for 4G clients only" the SIM will work fine with any unlocked WCDMA/HSPA 850/1900 MHz compatible phone. Telus simply uses "4G" as a marketing term for their HSPA+ network to differentiate from the old CDMA 1x-EVDO 3G network.
Once activated, the micro SIM can also be used in the new iPad to access Telus's 4G LTE network which is quite fast. Tethering is also allowed.
The SIM can be purchased at either Telus stores or Blacks stores. Both can activate the SIM card on the spot. Simply tell them you want a prepaid SIM with data.
Update Dec 2012: They will not activate the SIM for you - they tell you that you can go home and do it yourself with the small booklet that comes with the SIM card.
Update Apr 2014: You can also use the internet terminals in the store to activate. Employees will also help you with problems then.
7-Eleven SpeakOut/Petro Canada Mobility/Ztar (Rogers)Edit
SIM cards are now available for purchase for $10. Any airtime purchase is good for 365 days on 7-Eleven, and 30/120/180/365 days on Petro Canada. Available in $25, $50 and $100 vouchers on 7-Eleven, and $15, $25, $50, $100 vouchers on Petro Canada.
You may also buy a new phone (which comes with a removable SIM card), sometimes this is cheaper because a new phone may include free airtime exceeding it's purchase price.
2013-10-14: They now offer true data and the UMB plan is being phased out. New pricing is 100MB for $10 and 0.10/mb after that.
Unlimited data over Edge is $10/30 days (This is not true data, but a UMB plan for web browsing.)
Data dont work with Iphone 4S.
As of July 2012 in Quebec, it appears full 3G/4G HSPA+ is enabled on the UMB plan. At times in the past Rogers/Ztar have blocked all traffic except port 80 (normal web browsing), as of July 2012 this is not the case and all ports including those for the Android Market, Gmail, Skype, and so on are functional.
Data settings as listed (including the proxy server) on the 7-Eleven website must be used, the APN stored on the SIM card itself is the general Rogers postpaid APN and does not work.
Connection security: Off
Active Bearer: GPRS
Connection type: GPRS Attach on Demand
Authentication Type: Normal Access Point Name: goam.com
User Name: wapuser1
Login Type: Automatic
Primary Proxy Server Setting 10.128.1.69
Primary Proxy Server Port: 80
Android setup on Nexus7 works perfect. They require text messages and a phone call be made. I had a Galaxy Tab I tested it on first and this is the device I activated it using. Activated SIM card and then add cash to account and then add the browsing feature to account via website. Then I cut it down the SIM to fit MicroSIM slot and used in Nexus7. Followed APN settings at http://thekidd.ca/blog/tech/speakout-wireless-data-plan-on-android . Most apps work. YouTube and IPSec does not. SSL VPN works. Not sure if the Nexus7 can make calls or receive text messages, but assume if one can, then this will work without the Galaxy Tab.
Here are the APN settings for reference:
- Name: Speakout
- APN: goam.com
- Proxy: 10.128.1.69
- Port: 80
- Username: wapuser1
- Password: wap
- MMSC: http://mms.gprs.rogers.com
- MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
- MMS Port: 80
- MCC: 302
- MNC: 720
- Authentication Type:
- APN type: default,supl,mms
- APN Protocol: IPv4
incoming texts: free
outgoing texts: $0.10 (to Canada) $0.15 (to USA) $0.35 (to rest-of-world)
In 7-Eleven stores and Petro-Canada gas statipns.
Speakout and Petro-Canada use the Rogers network and work anywhere in Canada. There is no roaming outside the country.
7- Eleven service is not sold in Quebec (Petro-Canada IS sold in Quebec). If you activate your 7-Eleven service in Ontario (or any other province), your phone will continue to work as you travel through Quebec.
Normal, MicroSIM and Nanosims are available.
Kind of, as of July 2012. When tethering using "stock" Android Portable Hotspot feature on Galaxy Nexus, you must change the settings in your laptop (or other device) operating system to include the HTTP proxy server as listed in the data settings above 10.128.1.69:80 (no authentication).
Your Android will take care of the APN (no need to set those on the laptops) but passes the packets straight through, so your laptop must be set to send them through the proxy, as is needed for it to work.
(On Windows: Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > ?)
(On Mac OS X: Control Panel > Network > Advanced... > Proxies > [X] HTTP Proxy)
WIND Mobile is currently (03/2011) available in the following areas:
- Whistler (very limited coverage)
You can purchase a SIM card for $25 from any WIND Mobile retail outlet. They will require that you test that your phone works on their network at this time. You will need a phone that supports the 1700Mhz AWS frequency (eg iPhones won't work, except the iPhone 5 and later if produced after March 2013). The network is 3G only. Mini, micro, and nano SIMs are all available.
Default data rateEdit
WIND has the following smartphone data plans available for pay as you go customers:
- $10/month - 50Mb
- $20/month - 500Mb
- $35/month - Unlimited
Tethering is available free of charge only on the unlimited data plan. Voice plans including unlimited data are also available (see here)
Data for Sticks Plan
1GB - 35$
Tablet Data plans
10MB - $5
250MB - $10
5G - $35
Promotion "The new iPad"
$5 /month for 2 months only
$30 1GB + $10 100 domestic minutes. Prepaid. Free SIM. ($45 "top up" card)
Similicious specializes in pre-paid data plans for short-term stays and people traveling within Canada. As a value-added service, Similicious will deliver the sim card to the traveler's hotel or preferred location. To qualify, the mobile device must be compatible and unlocked. Similicious offers FREE sim cards to users and charges are based strictly on the usage package that is selected.
Rates seem significantly higher than when this section was first written...
SIM Card - FREE
500MB - $44.99
1GB - $54.99 (was $24.99)
2GB - N/A (was $34.99)
5GB - N/A (was $44.99)
200MB + 30min of Talk - $54.99
300MB + 60min of Talk - $69.99
500MB + 50min of Talk - N/A (was $49.99)
For travelers to Canada, from anywhere
Travelers Mobile offers a simple plan for Travelers to Canada. Pay as you Go plans with calling within Canada at $0.40 per minute, all texts cost $0.25 per text message and data cost between $0.06 and $0.14 per MB.
Travelers Mobile offers 9 plans for Travelers to the USA. All use the AT&T network, so speed and coverage is better than T-Mobile. Pay as you Go plans are for 30, 90, 180 and 365 days with all Calling in the US and to Canada at $0.10 per min. Data is $0.30 per MB. Unlimited plans are for 7, 15 or 30 days with data up to 3GB per 30 days.
All Travelers Mobile plans are sold with all inclusive pricing. This means Shipping, Tax, SIM and Activation is all included in the price you see. Starting as low as $29.95 for 30 days Pay as you Go to 30 days unlimited calling and text plus 3GB data for $79.95 everything included. .
Travelers Mobile offers a simple plan for Travelers to the UK. Pay as you Go plans with all Calling in the UK at 10p per min. Data is 30p per MB.
Like USA plans All Travelers Mobile plans are sold with all inclusive pricing. This means Shipping, Tax, SIM and Activation is all included in the price you see. Starting as low as $ 24.95 for 30 days Pay as you Go everything included. .
Travelers Mobile sells world SIMs and world data SIMs with coverage in over 200 countries.
Can be purchased on the website , or at authorized dealers across Canada.
In The USA the same as AT&&T
§ Standard, Micro SIM is available, Nano SIM cut for $5.00 extra fee.
Devices must be GSM unlocked and have an open SIM slot.