The latest international destination where Bell, soon other carriers, has cut the cost of voice and data roaming is in Japan. In their press release it states this reduction is “the latest example of Bell’s commitment to lower roaming prices for Canadian consumers.” These adjustments are most likely part of the requests from CRTC and the government of Canada’s mandate to reduce roaming costs for “everyday Canadians.”
Data increases from 20MB to 50MB for $30 (was originally $40). The ‘enhanced’ $100 Travel Data Pass has 200 MB, up from 50 MB. Voice usage brings out a $30 option with 1-hour of calling, this used to be $40 for 50 minutes. In addition, a new $45 voice and text bundle is now available and gives 1-hour of calling, unlimited incoming texts and 200 sent messages.
Bell also notes that “the cost of pay-per-use roaming in Japan has also dropped 33%, now $2 a minute for voice and $8 per MB of data.”