This is a smart idea and will hopefully rid some customers of getting those massive cellphone roaming bills, like $37k, $8k, $13k and so on. Rogers today announced they’ll be the first in Canada to offer real-time data usage alerts along with new Roaming data passes. The real-time alerts are actually delayed by 5 minutes but give you a text notification when you have used 50%, 80% and 100% of your data and given the option to top up for more. We let you know about the new roaming plans last week (see them here) and they are available for both U.S. and International destinations staring at 5 bucks.
From the press release today, “Customers have told us they’re concerned about roaming costs because they don’t have a true sense of how much data they use when travelling abroad,” said Raj Doshi, Vice President of Mobile Product Management, Rogers Communications Inc. “We’ve worked with wireless carriers around the world to deliver this innovative solution exclusively for our customers. The real-time data usage alerts will take the guess work out of roaming while our new data passes will give customers more choice and ways to save money, creating a worry-free travel experience.”