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Heads up! Canada is probably the most ridiculous country when it comes to prices for prepaid data plans: 1 GB data will cost you around $30 CAD! Therefore have a look at my article with the best International sim cards in 2023 or get yourself an e-sim card for Canada. MUCH BETTER DEALS!

There are some pretty good deals for world sim cards with coverage in Canada. Also, most of the Mexico and USA prepaid sim cards cover all of Canada and data bundles are valid in Canada too with free roaming. Check my article about the Best Prepaid USA Sim Cards in 2023 or the best Mexico sim cards for those with free roaming in Canada.

As you can see Canada sim cards are very expensive and therefore it is wise to look at other North America sim cards or international sim cards that you can buy online. Therefore we also recommend global sim cards with for example 10 GB for $30 USD. Check out our comparison of the best world travel sim cards in 2023.

All the above e-sim cards for Canada are data-only. If you also want to make phone calls it is better to order a physical sim card for Canada. For $49.90 USD you get 10 GB data and for $79.90 USD you get 30 GB data both sim cards with unlimited calling and texting in Canada, USA and Mexico. Click here to see all online deals for a sim card for Canada. Some are amazing sim card deals for North America.

If you want the best prepaid sim card deals in Canada you will have to drive to a mall and walk into one of the official retail stores of the mobile internet operators. On top of that you can now also get sim cards for Canada in bigger gas stations, convenience stores like 7Eleven, Dollarama and even in some grocery stores. However, in these places the service is non-existing, meaning the staff has zero knowledge of the prepaid sim cards they are selling.

TIP: When buying a Canada prepaid sim card bring your passport! You need it to register you prepaid sim card. And of course make sure your phone is unlocked otherwise a Canada sim card won't work on your phone. The same counts for e-sim cards.

All Virgin Mobile Canada prepaid sim card packages are valid for 30 days, max data speed is 4G, no 5G network access on Virgin Mobile prepaid sim cards. For more info have a look at the prepaid plans on the Virgin Mobile Canada website.

Bell Canada offers the exact same prices for prepaid sim card deals as Virgin Mobile and Telus Canada. Also Bell does NOT allow prepaid sim cards to use the 5G network, max data speed is 4G. Check the latest Bell Canada prepaid plans on its website.

From the above Canada coverage maps updated in March 2023 it is clear that Telus Mobility has by far the best 4G/5G network coverage in Canada. Especially if you are traveling to West Canada it is recommended to buy a Telus sim card for Canada. Rogers has a great network In East Canada: Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Halifax and might be the best prepaid sim card for East Canada therefore.

From the above comparison of all the pay as you go prepaid sim card deals and e-sim cards for Canada it is a really easy conclusion that buying a prepaid sim card in Canada is more expensive than ordering an international sim card or an e-sim card for Canada.

There is no such thing as the best prepaid sim card in Canada in 2023 as every provider has the exact same prices for the exact same prepaid plans. All valid for 30 days and all plans are NOT able to use the 5G network in Canada, max speed on a Canada prepaid sim card is 4G.

But I started this article already by informing you that online sim cards for Canada are actually much more affordable and therefore Traveltomtom recommends ordering a sim card for Canada online before your trip or even easier an e-sim card (if your phone allows e-sim).

Here is how to dave yourself the hassle of buying a local prepaid sim card in Canada. Arrive prepared on your holiday destination and order an international sim card for Canada online. These are the 3 best sim cards for Canada travel I could find online.


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