We travel to the US several times a year and have sometimes been "surprised" by cell phone charges we have incurred using our Canadian based cell phone. Several of our friends have told us they simply purchase an inexpensive pay as you go phone while in the US, purchase air time minutes and thus avoid using their regular cell phones. I just returned from a 2 week trip to the US and while down there I purchased a Tracfone along with 120 minutes of air time. The phone works fine in the US but calling home was a bit of a setup issue because Canada is considered an international call, so one has to dial a 10 digit # first, followed by the Canadian #. It also appears that if someone from Canada wants to phone me on the Tracfone, they will be charged long distance charges at some unknown rate. In addition text messaging is not allowed from this phone to any non-US based phone. I don't have a lot invested in the phone, but I'm a little disappointed in the difficulty with calling home with it, as well as the long distance charges that will be incurred if someone from Canada calls me on it. I was wondering is anyone else has purchased one of these and if any of the other venders have a better system for calling back and forth to Canada? Thanks.