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Wifi etc

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20 posts
55 reviews
Wifi etc

Just a thought about my trip.

I have a UK based SIM in an iPhone 6. I've checked with my provider, and calls, texts and data to/from Canada are very, very expensive.

So my thought while I was there was to turn off all data, and just use free wifi. That means I can keep in touch with home by WhatsApp and Skype. Which will be fine.

But I have no sense of direction whatsoever, and I completely rely on Google maps to get me anywhere! Will there be enough free wifi round and about for me to get by with this, or enough apps that work offline - or do I need to look into buying a sim locally that will let me have cheaper mobile data (ideally I want to avoid this because it seems like a big hassle if I'm honest).

At the moment I'm planning to use public transport and walk, but I MIGHT decide to hire a car (which would mean I'd need sat nav in some form)

Toronto, Canada
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3,674 posts
146 reviews
1. Re: Wifi etc

Free wifi is relatively easy to find. Clear spots to go include McDonald's, Tim Hortons, Starbucks - all offer free wifi. Most cafes do as well.

You can download offline maps from Google Maps which gives you most of the functionality, and the TripAdvisor App also has the ability to download city guides, I don't know if there is one for Ottawa, but I used them on a recent trip in Europe and they were very handy.

I also normally put in directions to where I want to go in my Google Maps app and then screenshot the results so I can pull them up easily.

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20 posts
55 reviews
2. Re: Wifi etc

That's such a good idea. Screenshots,

Thank you. I think I'll be fine with that.

Penticton, Canada
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19,974 posts
28 reviews
3. Re: Wifi etc

you only need GPS on to get any sat-nav to work with offline data

lots of apps in the stores. This topic is often discussed in the Travel Gadgets forum

4. Re: Wifi etc

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