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Fido hops on the $7.99 50MB/day United States roaming fee “this Spring”


Last Friday Rogers announced plans to launch a $7.99/day United States pay-per-use roaming fee sometime “this Spring.” Customers who travel to the States would be charged the flat rate for 50MB of data.

According to the internal doc we received it reveals that Fido will be heading down the same track. Fido notes that “customers have told us they want to use their devices while travelling just like they would at home.” The same $7.99 will be charged per 24-hours for 50MB of data.

Finally, it also seems that this is the fist of many changes for both Rogers and Fido. The doc notes that “this new roaming pricing model is one of a number of new initiatives.” Perhaps they’ll implement a similar plan for international roaming.

(Thanks tipster!)

  • InfinitiGuy

    T-Mobile charges $3 per day for for unlimited talk, text and 200MB of 4G data. Much cheaper to pick up a pre-paid SIM than this deal even if you forward your Canadian number to your temporary US number.

    • Bill Murray

      How does this t-mobile thing work? Does my phone need to be unlocked? How is it billed? Would like more info on this…

    • EvanK

      @Bill Murray

      Yes, your phone does need to be unlocked. I believe that it’s prepaid, so just walk into a T-Mo store and add money into an account and you’ll be good to go. However, keep in mind that like WIND, Mobilicity or Vidéotron here in Canada, T-Mo is an AWS carrier so your phone would need to be quad band to make use of data.

    • EvanK

      I believe that Straight Talk (Walmart’s American prepaid option) offers a $45 unlimited talk/text/data option for those scoping out a deal. Coverage is the same as AT&T’s, so you’ll get good coverage and no need for an AWS compatible device.

    • GrapeApe

      T-mobile deal is a minimum 4 days for $15 for non-contracted pre-pay. I just used it in NYC last week.

      You can’t buy just 1 day. You essentially buy a refillable account (the deals start withthe $50 cards [just like Fido and Koodoo] and then it subtracts from there. Fresh one-time activations are 4 days/$15 (discounted) with ‘unlimited data’ which is 200MB @ 4G and everything more throttled.
      They also sometimes try to charge you $5-7 for a SIM (the SIM kit is techincally $6.99) but they often waive it if you ask.

      This roaming deal would be better if you’re there just for a day with little/low data, but still need some data (like for Apple/Google Maps and basic emails) but don’t go to the US often enough to keep to a pre-paid card active.

    • InfinitiGuy

      @GrapeApe
      Your information is incorrect. With my existing T-Mobile pre-paid SIM I just go to their web site and select the $3 plan and after a day can go back to the pay per use rate, there is no minimum 4 days or amount to commit to. I use this SIM all the time and have never had any such limitations.

  • ruaman

    Meh! As expected for Rogers…

  • D Allan

    Thanks to my unlocked SG3, I will be spending $3 a day of T-Mobile… I think they have increase the first 400MB data to 4G speed… unlimited minutes and text… Sorry Rogers, there is no way you can get my money.

    • GrapeApe

      Nope, still 200MB, then throttled. But really, throttled on vacation is fine for most people really relying on it for email and maps and basic stuff (like the Chive), not streaming video or you tube.

  • lukeiphone

    This is a big rip off

  • Jon

    Oh Wow. What. A. Deal

  • Dan

    This Rogers/Fido switch is definitely a change for the better. Yes, it could be cheaper, but there is no denying that it’s an improvement from the previous Big 3 offers.

    Hopefully Bell and Telus match very soon.

    • EvanK

      Hopefully Bell and Teulus don’t just match, but one up them. Oh wait, this is Canada, the country with almost no competition in the wireless industry, so you can forget about that.

    • Dan

      Yeah, one-upping would be better, but I’m a realist. It;s unlikely to happen unfortunately.

  • PhoenixP3K

    This is a major improvement from the 10$/10MB they have now or even the 20$/40MB. During my last trip to the US I used their 50$/100MB plan, so more saving for me!

  • skazzberry 2.0

    I actually do the same when I go to USA. Tmobile $2 per day or $3 per day. Forward my Canadian number to my US Google voice number which automatically calls my US cell # every time.

  • Andrew

    So paying $60 for 60 megs of internet for the whole month is finally not going to be my only option when travelling to the states? Thank god…they need an international package as well…I paid almost $500 for a 200mb data plan that only lasted a month in latin america….lets hope the intercontinental high-five that happens between rogers and international wireless carriers everytime I turn data roaming on ends soon…its rediculous. Thank god for wifi….

  • Louis

    $8 a day for 50 mb. Bullshit is what that is. F*ck the big 3!

  • Kriilin Namek

    I’m sticking with my old Rogers 1 Gb Canada/ U.S. plan for as long as I can. I wish they would have just kept that one already!

  • Deli

    that’s not bad coming from the Big 3. As for those riding the Tmobile option (which is what I do with my note 2), you need a AWS compatible phone, which most people don’t have (unless you’re ok with EDGE).

  • Jesse

    This is such a rip off. US SIM card is the way to go!!! pay the $50 to unlock your phone and it will pay for itself in one trip to the US. Mobile Roaming Data is highway robbery. At least now they just rob you instead of also taking your first born…and your dog…and your car…and your self-respect…and your dreams.

  • PewZ

    Call forwarding to the us will work on calls but will charge you LD if you don’t have a LD plan.. and you won’t forward sms, it might be possible through an app though I guess

    • GrapeApe

      Yes there is an app (actually many) for that.

      Fowarding SMS has been around for a while.

  • Haxor99

    How exiting.. thank you Fido!

    NOT!!!!

  • Jesse S

    Well for the people living near the border this is going to be a pain in the a*s. I know when i visit White Rock BC my phone sometimes switches over to Roaming because it is getting a stronger signal over the water from the US than from the local Canadian towers. Disabling roaming data helps, but sometimes i still show a few cents for a few bytes of data that did transfer. Now instead of ignoring the 70 cents on my bill i will have to call and dispute the charges… This is stupid. It should be per use unless you opt in to this plan (or vice versa).

  • Chris

    Not a very good deal!
    I purchased a pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi hotspot from Walmart.
    Device costs $80 and is the size of about five credit cards stacked together.
    Data does not expire and costs $11.25 a gigabyte.
    That means 50 MB is going to cost you a whole 56¢

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