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Cell phone service

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Cell phone service

I have a cell phone plan (Straight Talk) that does not work outside of the U.S. I have heard that many cell phones end up connecting to Canadian towers in Lubec. I am wondering if anyone knows of a Sim card that works in Canada? I am thinking of purchasing one for the week I will be there. Thank you!

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I've gotten a fair quality signal from Verizon in Lubec. Some areas approaching Lubec picked up Canadian signals from Grand Manan Island. In that area you can always tell which you're getting by looking at the time shown on the phone. All the Canadian ones are using Atlantic Time, so one hour ahead of Eastern Time used in Maine.

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Most phones except AT&T work in Lubec now. The carrier is US Cellular and my prepaid tracfone works well in Lubec, especially since new towers were placed on the water tower last year.

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While in Lubec last summer, I used an ATT prepaid phone, which also can be used in Canada and Mexico. Although my signal within Lubec was spotty, I was able to use my phone in the western part of Campobello (benefitting from the signal across Eastport). I took the ferry from Campobello to Deer Isle, and then the free ferry to mainland NB. ATT prepaid was OK in Deer Isle, but did very well in the mainland. ATT has partnered with Rogers Wireless for Canadian roaming. By the way, both Canadian and Mexican roaming are included in the prepaid plan (so no extra cost). Check out the ATT website for more details on the prepaid plans. Hope this helps!

For coverage within Lubec and within the region, I agree US Cellular provides the best service.

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Thank you! That is very helpful!!

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Whatever you decide to get, ask to see the coverage maps first. Some pre-paid plans/phones only use that carrier's towers, so if none are in that area, you are toast. I found that out the hard way trying to use the AT&T Go-phone plan in western Maine. I had no service from about Oxford Casino on up, even in Farmington, which is a college town. Regular AT&T plans work in those areas, but not their Go-phone plan. Verizon reps told me it is a similar situation with their pre-paid plans.

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Good point. I will check into that!

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