Bell cuts select United States roaming rates by 50%

Bell announced today that “We heard you.”

For the thousands of customers that travel to the United States, Bell has decided to show its commitment and reduce the cost of international mobile data, voice and text roaming by 50%. The price cut will go into place on September 17th and the reduction impacts the current $50 30-day plan and the $40 30-day plans – these will be cut in half to $25 and $20/month.

The $25 US 30-day Travel Bundle includes:
– 50 talk minutes
– 50 MB of data
– 200 sent text messages
– Unlimited incoming text messages
– $0.25 per additional min.
– $0.50 per additional MB
– $0.15 per additional text message

The $20 US 30-day Travel Add-ons gives customers the option to choose between various data, voice or texting buckets for $20 each: 100 MB of data, or 100 minutes of voice calling, or unlimited incoming and sent texts (extra data usage is $0.20 per/MB and $0.20/ minute for voice calls).

Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, stated “we’re starting with the most popular destination, and Bell is committed to working with our global telecom partners to further reduce international roaming costs for our customers.”

The CRTC was “made aware of concerns” about the cost of roaming and are in the process of looking into US roaming rates. They’ve mandated all carriers produce ‘information that is not publicly available’ about their roaming rates, agreements and revenue from 2007 to 2012 by September 27th.

Source: Bell