Rogers giving 350MB of free U.S. roaming to those who purchase a new Samsung smartphone

Ian Hardy

July 6, 2013 6:23 pm

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Rogers has bundled together a new promo that takes advantage of their new US roaming packages. Rogers recently came out with a 50MB/day wireless internet roaming plan for $7.99. Anyone who scoops up a new Samsung smartphone on a 2 or 3-year contract will be given a 1 week roaming pass that has 350MB of data. Rogers says that “Your pass activates after using your first Kb of roaming U.S data. Offer ends 31 July.”

More info here at Rogers

  • silver_arrow

    Frankly it would be good if all carriers included just a little bit of roaming. Like 2 days included in the plan so like 200mb, 100 texts and 30 minutes. I would have no problem paying a little bit for that to be included in plans. I don’t even roam but I do go to the Us like once or twice a month, let people use this and they might get use to roaming and then they can sell the roaming plans and for like a day trip then people do not need to get a US sim.

  • silver_arrow

    Frankly it would be good if all carriers included just a little bit of roaming. Like 2 days included in the plan so like 200mb, 100 texts and 30 minutes. I would have no problem paying a little bit for that to be included in plans. I don’t even roam but I do go to the Us like once or twice a month, let people use this and they might get use to roaming and then they can sell the roaming plans and for like a day trip then people do not need to get a US sim.

    • François-Johan Roy

      I don’t go to US and do NOT want to pay to have roaming since I dont use it

    • Me Ted

      If that’s true and you frequent this site, how have you not jumped onto any one of the US providers’ pay-as-you-go plans for infinitely less than these roaming packages? T-Mobile has a plan for $3/day that will give you unlimited nationwide calling/texting and unlimited data (first 200mb at 4g then down to EDGE).

    • Tom

      This. I have been using T-Mobile for a long time – I just top up my prepaid account by credit card before I go across. I also buy prepaid SIMs when I go to other countries outside North America – MUCH cheaper than roaming. For 20 euros, I got a prepaid plan from Three Ireland that had unlimited data (and not even throttled).

  • E

    It’s basically costing 35$…

  • hyperhyper

    and the only thing you have to do is sign a $70/month plan for three years and we will give you just enough bandwidth for free so you can hang yourself.

    Yours truly,
    -Rogers Executives

    Rogers. We hate consumers.

    • Anthony

      A company offers something as a bonus but you complain. Another company offers you something less, you complain as well. Interesting.

    • Steve

      Look at your Rogers bill, Anthony. Now think about the B.S. System Access Fee, which turned into a GRRF, and an Activation Fee, which turned into a Connection Fee. Think about Canada, artificially divided into “zones”, so Rogers could squeeze more pennies out of you. Think about Rogers being upset about being called out for lying in their advertisements a couple of years ago, saying that lying is their God given right. Think about how Rogers, Bell, and Telus CEOs play golf now and then, and set their prices jointly. Think about how for over a decade Canadians have been abused by an oligopoly, with little to no choice, until recently.

      Think about all of this, and then let me know how much respect Rogers gives to Canadians, and how much respect they should get in return.

    • Anthony

      I just think Canadian, including US, wireless industries start out on the wrong foot in the beginning. People want “free” phones but don’t feel like paying extra little fees here and there. When I was traveling to Asia, people pay FULL price for the phones. They just get whatever carrier they want and away they go.

      I feel like financing a car when I am using wireless here while I am paying cash to buy out the car in Asia. The concept is totally different.

      I have more respect for Fido/Rogers than Telus/Bell. At least when I call and ask about my Fido bill, I know they are based in Canada and not some third world countries.

    • Anonymous

      Hate to say it but a reality is yes. Canada will always be more expensive then anywhere else in the world. This is for 1 simple simple fact. POPULATION DENSITY. We have 1 of the lowest populations per sq km in the world. So yes, there are connection fees, yes there are higher prices on plans, NO there are no longer GRRFs, YES phone costs WILL go UP on 2 year contracts. NO these fees are not going to feed the pockets of executives and CEO’s. They DO go towards infrastructure so that you greedy customers can have your faster speeds. There are some states in the US that have more people then the entire Canadian population. So Yes it will always cost us more for less then most other places in the world. Seriously all store level reps would appreciate it if you would just understand this.
      An employee of one the big 3 that would appreciate it if you removed your head from your a*s

    • Mawhayden

      Trollers will be trollers

  • Me Ted

    OMG OMG Where do I sign up?!

    Brutal.

  • ArberBeq

    your first Kb costs $600 then after you can use 350mb free

  • Shane Sparky

    And Rogers hopes you go over the limit and makes mad money.
    Roaming should be free. Bring on Verizon!! They already mentioned if they come to Canada, roaming will be gone. Bye bye big 3!

    • Davidyyz

      That’s BS. Verizon’s CDMA/LTE network is not compatible with Wind’s HSPA network. If they’re going to eliminate roaming fees they’re going to have to strike some crazy deal with T-Mobile or AT&T, which likely won’t happen, or they’ll have to convince manufacturers to create custom phones that will work on both AWS HSPA and Verizon’s CDMA/LTE network.

    • ToniCipriani

      T-Mobile did the same thing when they started refarming their network into HSPA, they started having UMTS handsets that have 850/1900 and AWS.

      Never say never…

    • Davidyyz

      Pentaband HSPA chips are readily available. Chips that have CDMA, LTE, and AWS/Pentaband HSPA do not exist.

    • Liberal Phone Person

      You’re not thinking ahead. Verizon covers 90% of the USA population with its 700mhz lte. Its currently in the process of overlaying that with 1700mhz. One of those spectrum bands is owned by wind, the other available in 2014.
      Also Verizon has plans for voLTE soon.

    • Davidyyz

      Verizon uses band 13. There’s no guarantee Wind will be able to acquire 700mhz spectrum in that specific band.

      Also VoLTE has major compatibility issues. There currently is no standard that will work with all network equipment providers.

    • Anthony

      To you, everything should be free. Every businesses around you are all charities to you. I can bet even when Verizon comes, you still pay for roaming fees. It is all business.

    • Shane Sparky

      Mobile plans are overpriced in North America… If you think we’re getting good deals here, we’re not… Go to asia.. or even Europe recently has changed roaming where it no longer exist as of Jan 1 2014, so if you live in the UK and go to Italy you won’t be charged roaming fees out of the country.. It’s corporate greed in Canada/USA.. not surprised tho but hey if you’re cool with it, enjoy!

    • Anthony

      I just came back from Asia. The price was very good. But you are talking apple and orange here. The geographic and population are different. Back to topic, Verizon will have some impact but not as much as some would think.

    • Shane Sparky

      I don’t understand the population logic… USA has over 300 million people… way more than most countries in asia

    • Tech Gen

      It is about population density. Hong Kong as an example. Canada has only 5 times more in population than Hong Kong. But Hong Kong is at least 8700 times smaller than Canada. How many towers you need to build to get good reception in Hong Kong to cover everyone compare to Canada? Some people say most Canadians live in major cities. It still requires more work and money to build these huge network compare to most Asia cities.

      That’s why Canadian carriers need to share networks within each other.

    • Shane Sparky

      Hong Kong sure understandable, but what about UK? Way better plans there for less..

    • Tom

      not to mention, the UK even banned 3 year contracts (indicating they had them at one point) and continues to have super competitive deals, way better than anything in North America.

      But then again, the UK (and most of Europe) is pretty darn expensive to live in compared to most of North America (especially taxes). We pay more than they do for mobile service, but we pay less for a lot of other things, starting with the actual handset!

    • Shane Sparky

      Ups and downs to everything I guess :)

  • Tom

    I could also pay $3/day on T-Mobile USA for unlimited data (throttled after 200 MB, but at least exceeding 200 MB doesn’t result in surcharges). Or if I’m staying longer, I could pay $30/month for unlimited data throttled after 5 GB.

    Roaming should be avoided no matter what carrier you use or what country you’re from.

  • MXH070

    Must be getting hard to sell those POS Sammy being putting out, guess the public finally woke up and realized they were getting fleeced of 700+ $ for leap frog knock off.

    • Steve

      Name a phone that is vastly superior to an S4.

    • Tom

      If you’re going by pure internal specs, obviously the S4 is the king of its generation, and later the S5, etc…

      But when it comes to general build quality… in the same generation as the S4, we have the HTC One. In the previous generation we have the iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, BlackBerry Z10, and even the half-price Nexus 4.

      Not everyone who drops that kind of cash on a smartphone is looking for the latest and greatest specs (which don’t even give much tangible gain over last year’s anyway). Obviously they want their phone to at least be smooth so they’d expect maybe a dual core and 1 GB of RAM – whatever works as long as things are smooth. But they also want their phone to feel like a premium phone and not some giant hunk of cheap-feeling plastic. Regardless of what OS it runs.

    • Steve

      Very true, but you have to admit that when you hold an S4, it actually feels very solid, given that it is made out of plastic, and it lays so perfectly in the hand.

      For the record, I own an HTC One, but I can not stand (troll) comments that degrade an S4, when it is an outstanding piece of technology, and one of the best smartphones on the market, plastic or not.

      There really isn’t a phone that is vastly superior to it.

    • MXH070

      I see Tom nailed it in his response.

  • Sky

    Eat a dick, Rogers.