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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2010-02-23, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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New Rogers data roaming plans could prove costly

Rogers Wireless has announced new data plans for customers wishing to user their smartphone’s data capabilities (email, mobile web surfing, downloading documents) when travelling to the United States.

By the time you add in the extra $120 a year ($10 a month) and the higher "additional data usage" charge, these plans could actually prove very costly.

Great if you stay within your cap and travel to the U.S. many months a year.



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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2010-02-23, 01:50 PM
 
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Why not just purchase a US roaming minute bundle? It's available on both Bell and Rogers - not sure about Telus.

You can get 100 US minutes for $40 bucks on Bell....not sure about Rogers.

They also have international packages.

This way you only pay when you go.

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rob11, these are new data plans not voice roaming plans.



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This is definitely a step in the right direction, but it's not good enough. Why not introduce a true North American plan that encompasses voice and data.

I you told me for another $120 per year I could use my iPhone (voice + data) anywhere in North America without worrying about roaming, I would be all over it.

I spend the equivalent of 2 months in the U.S. every year, and I don't think I'll be going for this plan. First of all, the cost of voice roaming is insane, despite the travel add-on packs they introduced last year. And while the data part of it is nice, it's still too much money considering I don't use my phone for business, but rather personal use.

Since last year, I purchased 2 cheap, pay-as-you-go Verizon phones, which I use only while in the US. They cost me 99 cents per phone per day I use them (no monthly fee, no contract, no charge on days you don't make or receive calls).

I miss using my iPhone for the data while I'm there, but $120 might appeal to a business customer more than an individual. I rely on WiFi to do email and browsing.
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rob11, these are new data plans not voice roaming plans.
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considering how much they charge per kb on data roaming, $120 per year becomes cheap!

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Smile Roger's Data Roaming vs the competitiors..

Roger's charge an extra $10 for the privilege of using your bundled data in the US, and $0.25/MB thereafter.. Other operators in Canada are $6/MB out of bundle and $1/MB with a $10 'Roaming fee', and no access to your 'bundled data'.

Plus you can share your Data bundle with your RocketStick too (as you can with other providers).

Don't get me wrong, I'm against <any> obscene profiteering by the big wireless companies, but Roger's has surprised me with these plans!
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