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Public Wi-Fi/Avoiding international data usage fees

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Columbus, Ohio
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Public Wi-Fi/Avoiding international data usage fees

We are traveling to Toronto in July of '13, and we were wondering what the Wi-Fi is like around the city? I've read a couple places that there are initiatives in the city to provide wifi but not sure where it's range is or if we have to pay for it, and if so, how much. We're mainly looking to avoid massive cell phone charges from using too much data. Any other suggestions on the subject of getting data for our Verizon iPhones as well (but not the miniscule 100MB for 25 dollars from Verizon....) would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks! Happy Travels!

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Toronto, Canada
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Between Starbucks and Tim Horton's, there is a coffee shop on almost every corner downtown with free wifi.

Toronto, Canada
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McDonald's also has wifi, virtually any decent coffee shop and many sit down restaurants....

Penticton, Canada
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Hi

unless you are very disciplined about your phone use I would get a data plan before you go. It may sound expensive before you leave but if you abuse your data limit it will cost you a lot more after the fact. If you put your phone on Flight mode then you will have to use wifi. and from my experience wifi will invariably not be available when you really need it...... also uninstall Instagram unless you have a data plan....

check with your provider how much texting is included in your plan when in roaming mode.

Toronto, Canada
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Data roaming can still be ridiculously expensive even with a plan. E.g. with Verizon's Global Data plan, you'll pay $25 per 100 MB. (Compare that to $15 per 1000 MB overage charges within the US.) An iPhone can easily go through 5+ MB/day with just background usage (keeping e-mail in sync etc.); web browsing and sharing photos will add up very quickly.

Best thing you can do is turn Data Roaming off on your phone, which is a setting change you can do permanently. That way it will only connect to WiFi hotspots (for data usage) if you're outside your cell phone provider's native coverage area.

Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto Library's have wifi access.

torontopubliclibrary.ca/using-the-library/…

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