Just worked out how I can use my iPhone 4 in Toronto, use data and receive calls from the UK without roaming charges.
So far I’ve
- Got 3 Mobile to unlock my iPhone 4 (they charge £15 if in contract)
- Ordered a Fido micro sim card from eBay Canada (£8.40)
I’ll use Fido’s by the minute (30¢ a minute/20¢ a text) plan for voice and their $7 for 125 MB Data Week Pass add-on for data. If this isn’t enough I can top-up with their $2 for 20 MB Data Day Pass.
To phone home I’ll use SkypeOut over Wi-Fi as I’m sure Skype will be blocked over the Fido/Rogers network. To receive calls from the UK I’ll divert my 3 Mobile number to my SkypeIn number and then to the Fido number via SkypeOut.
The call from 3 to Skype will be in my plan’s free minutes and the Skype to Fido call will be at Skype’s rates of 1.6p per minute. I’ve already got a Skype number and credits from when I was a freelance (gave out the Skype number and diverted it to my mobile, oh for Google Voice in the UK).
Now if the telecoms companies didn’t charge exorbitant rates for international roaming (£1.02 per minute UK to Canada, £2 per minute Canada to UK, £6 per MB for data) I wouldn’t have to go through all this!