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UK mobile phones

Does anyone know if a triband UK mobile will work in Vancouver? I have heard that Canada has a completely different system to most places.


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1. Re: UK mobile phones

Your Tri-band cellphone may work in parts of Canada, including Vancouver.

Most parts of Canada use CDMA-based cell coverage, so SIMs cannot be swapped out.

However, GSM is starting to rise in prevalence, and Tri-Band phones are starting to sell here more since a lot of business people need a phone they can a "world" phone when travelling off the "continent."

Definitely check with your cell provider to see if they have an arrangement, i.e. agreement, with any Canadian companies to cover your use here. I know some from the UK can take their phones to Mexico and I can take my phone to Mexico, so it is possible ....

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I have been using my GSM phone in BC since 2004. (It also works well in the UK and in Europe.) Rogers Wireless is the predominant carrier here and has excellent coverage throughout the lower mainland (Vancouver area) and on Vancouver Island. Check with your local provider but there should be no problem. Expensive, however, since roaming charges will probably apply both to incoming and outgoing calls. If you are staying for a while, and IF your phone us unlocked you might consider purchasing a SIM chip from Rogers when you get here.

Good luck


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