TELUS has revamped its European roaming offerings, launching three new voice/text/data bundle and a text-only pass that should make it considerably cheaper for travellers.
The passes include travel to practically every country in Europe, including areas in the east that weren’t previously included in the pass.
The bundles are fairly self-explanatory, and increase from $50 to $150 depending on the amount of voice minutes, texts and data. The $85 pass, which includes 100 voice minutes to Europe and Canada, 200 texts and 300MB of data, will likely be the most popular. All three bundles include unlimited incoming texts.
Overages have not declined since the last time TELUS rolled out European roaming plans, but data prices have. In late 2012, TELUS offered a $50 pass that included 50 minutes, 50 texts and 25MB of data, along with a $125 option that included 150 minutes, 200 texts and 100MB of data. The passes are valid for 30 days from the time of activation, and overages are $1/min, $0.60/text and $1/MB.
In order to avoid reaching those overages, TELUS will send a text message upon arrival with an address to the web-based Travel Tracker, a real-time and free site to check usage. In accordance with the Wireless Code of Conduct, users will have to assent to continuing pay-per-use service once overages have reached $100. The cap for domestic roaming overages is $50.
Of course, users will benefit from learning how to unlock their phone and purchase a local SIM in their respective European country, which will likely offer significant cost savings and service benefits over roaming. If you’re looking for tips on how to survive in a foreign city using a smartphone, check out our handy guide.
Update: An earlier version of this article claimed that the maximum cost of international roaming overages was $50 per 30-day cycle, where in fact it is $100. Above that cost, users must consent to continue on a pay-per-use basis.