Originally Posted by Falcon35
I think about that every year when we come down here for the winter but Skype keeps working for us. I keep hoping that one of the Canadian cell phone company's will come up with a good cross border plan.
Not likely. I've got some cross border options from Rogers as I'm a commuter, but they're all discontinued. Besides, they only allow 40 minutes a month or something like that.
I too use skype when calling the family so I don't burn the minutes on my phone. If you're going to be a while (I.e. Snowbirding) I recommend using their subscription. Unlimited (up to 6.5 hours per day apparently) calls to any US or Canadian number for $25 per year.
What I do is call out on skype, and I anybody calls me I tell them I'll call them back and then dial out on skype.
Some of my co-workers just use two phones. Their normal Canadian one and they pick up a pay as you go US one and swap between them as they travel. The problem with that though is it puts the cost of the long distance on the person calling you. I'd rather have the clients pay long distance to call me than to have my wife pay long distance to call me. Since I can expense the roaming charges for client calls, the "I'll call you back on Skype" when dealing with family is the cheapest option for me (out of our pocket.)