Traveling frequently between Canada and the United States usually meant purchasing a US phone plan or getting hit with exorbitant roaming fees every time you wanted to check Facebook, call family back in Canada or stream reruns of Downton Abbey.
The new Canada-US Plan from TELUS lets you talk, text and use your usual data plan from back home for one low monthly fee. So whether you’re golfing in Tampa or dodging winter in Tallahassee, having a second home doesn’t mean you need a second phone.
Here are ten more reasons you’ll want to stay plugged in while you’re south of the border.
YOUR BUSINESS DOESN’T WAIT FOR WI-FI That free Wi-Fi at the corner café is terrific! Just ask the other 84,323 customers connected to it. When you need to attend to business back home, your phone’s cellular data is generally faster, more reliable and more secure than public Wi-Fi. STREAM YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES When you begin to miss home, stream music from your phone to fill your playlist with Canadian tunes. Although it’s magical to hear Sweet Home Alabama on the radio
while actually in Alabama, there’s nothing like a cover of a traditional Christmas carol by Michael Bublé or Céline Dion to bring you the warm and fuzzies.
BECAUSE YOU ARE LOST WITHOUT YOUR GPS
On top of getting directions, use your GPS to keep track of interesting sights you’ve come across that might warrant a revisit, whether it’s a historical monument, a delicious barbeque shack or a sparkling clean washroom without a line up.
KEEP CURRENT WITH EVENTS
Stay updated with current world and local events, whether it’s the discovery of a new planet, a bakesale around the corner, or, more importantly, the forecast for rain this afternoon so you know to play on the indoor or outdoor tennis court.
KNOW YOUR NET WORTH
With the volatility of the Canadian Dollar, Bitcoin and Toronto housing market, we could be millionaires one second and misers the next. Keep tabs on your investments and accounts so you know if you should upgrade the rental to a convertible and how many more rounds of drinks you can buy.
MANAGE EXPECTATIONS BY READING REVIEWS
Before paying for that meal, hotel room or admittance to Cowboy Dave’s World Famous Shack of Oddities, skim the reviews online to see if Dave’s three-headed squirrel is really worth the $7 ticket.
A GOOD DEAL IS WORTH A QUICK SEARCH
When you find an apple pie stand with rave reviews from fellow travellers, search online for a downloadable coupon or a discount. Some businesses offer specials if you “check in” to the location by uploading your presence to your social media account.
INSTAGRAMMABLE MOMENTS DON’T
WAIT Post photos to your Instagram as soon as you take them to tag them with the GPS coordinates and reward your brain with a hit of instantgratification-induced dopamine. It’s also courteous to slow-drop posts to your readers rather than 837 shots at once.
READ BOOKS, WEBSITES AND EVERYTHINGZOOMER.COM FROM THE BEACH
We all love the feel and smell of a good, old-fashioned book – but we also hate carrying heavy things. Consume your books, magazines and websites directly on your phone while basking poolside.