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  • Surveillance

    Saw this one coming a long time ago. Not a bad move, however. Though with the looming unlocked phone era I can see this fee being reduced again

  • Dimitri

    Again this is for them losing their money on the unlocking fees. Anyone else thinks otherwise doesn’t get it. They have to increase other services now for what they wil be losing coming December and after.

    • h2oflyer

      How many people on a tab plan actually unlock their phone.

    • Dimitri

      Many. Maybe will unlock it since it’s a free service now and if they decide to sell it immediately, then they might get some more ontop as its unlocked.

    • Cam McArthur

      I just always buy my phone unlocked anyway. Im always looking for deals, and having an unlocked phone really helps with that rather than paying a tab

    • Stuntman06

      How would you buy a Moto Z2 Play unlocked? When I go to the Moto website to buy one, it takes me to the Bell site. I’m not on Bell.

    • Cam McArthur

      tough to say. Its either buy it from Bell, and go on a cheap pre-paid plan and get a third party to unlock it. Or import it from the states

    • Stuntman06

      I’m looking at various options as I have ordered a Moto Mod. I am close enough to the US to hop across the border to purchase the phone. Right now, the least expensive option is to buy it from Freedom and get it unlocked. That’s the only other carrier that carries the phone. I have to confirm that the phone will work on Rogers.

      I’m also considering the Moto Z2 Force. It is a higher end phone, but costs much more and I would have to hop across the border to get it. It isn’t available in Canada.

      My mod hasn’t arrived yet, so I’ll wait to see what my options are when it arrives. Buying a phone that isn’t tied to a carrier is a huge hassle in Canada.

    • Cam McArthur

      I know what you mean. I had a nexus phone which I bought through Google. Then an iphone which I bought through apple. Now I have an Honor 8, which i got online through newegg.

      The freedom mobile one will work with rogers once it is unlocked

    • Stuntman06

      I bought my current Nexus 6P through Google directly. Motorola doesn’t sell their phones directly.

    • h2oflyer

      I’ll ask again….how much cash does Rogers generate from unlock fees? I would guess that most are buying other unlock codes…online or from the kiosk at the mall.

    • Cam McArthur

      Depends, Only the carrier can unlock an iPhone, if its not bought through apple. Also maybe some arent that tech savy and just dont know that those other methods exist or dont trust it

    • Dimitri

      “The data shows that Canadian carriers made over $37.7 million CAD in 2016 through unlocking 943,363 devices at the price of approximately $40 per unlock. That’s up from $28.4 million in 2015 at about $30 per unlock, which itself was a steep increase from 2014’s $21.5 million, priced at around $29 per unlock.”

      Mobilesyrup posted this a while ago. It might not break it down carrier by carrier but that’s the total of all. So a pretty penny they have made

    • h2oflyer

      Didn’t think it was that high. The rotten bustards take turns playing with plan rates which creates churn, which looks like it’s going up, if you measure it by unlock revenue.

  • Ipse

    Read my lips “there is NO collusion…you are imagining things. It is pure coincidence that all the telcos charge the same for the feature “

    • Scazza

      Bell offers $10 more per month on top of their regular plans that gives call/text/data/ roaming in the US, a $40/month pack as well as $5/day roam package

    • Ipse

      You mean 10$/mth for calls TO US. Otherwise it would be actually a good deal.

  • Andrew Holt

    These telecom giants are out of control. Remember the days when calling after a certain time was when you got free minutes? I have a feeling Robellus is going to give this a try with data, however not free of course. I think it’s just a matter of time until we are going to start having plans with X amount of data that can be used between 6PM and 7AM sort of thing. Only in Canada would something like this exist.

  • fruvous

    I don’t understand why they would do this considering Bell/Telus both have a $10/month option for the US roaming.

    • specialk2000

      Bell/Telus have a $10/mo option to include US roaming? Where exactly did you see this?

    • Cam McArthur

      its their New Canada/USA plan

    • fruvous

      Share plan – Unlimited Canada & U.S. calling plans are $10 more than Unlimited Canada plans.

    • vn33

      Don’t think that would include data though, does it?
      The Roam Like Home allows you to use your data from your plan as if you’re “Home”

    • Jason Chu

      I can confirm the Canada/USA plan allows you to make calls/texts/data from anywhere in Canada to Canadian numbers & also USA numbers. When you’re in The USA you can call/text/data any USA number and any Canadian numbers. It is definitely better than Easy Roam (only can use while in the USA and can’t call/text/data to USA numbers from Canada). I have had this plan since March and if you can somehow get a corporate plan it is actually $7 more a month (after the 30%). I have the plan with 2.5 GB of data under BYOP and it is $74.49 after taxes.

    • vn33

      That’s nice you can use it with your Corp plan. Are you with Bell or Telus? I don’t get this offer with my Telus corp plan, maybe because it’s the old $50/6Gb plan, not the newer 30% off corp plan.

    • Jason Chu

      Telus

    • fruvous

      If you actually bother to look at the plan rather than assuming, you’ll see that “Unlimited Canada and U.S. wide texting, unlimited picture and video messages within Canada1
      Use the data in your plan in both Canada and the U.S.”

    • Stephen B Morris

      I went to look at the site because I needed to see it for myself. The wording is very specific. You can use your data bucket in the US but Bell states that calls must be within Canada. The Roam Better add-on states that calls can be made from the US. If they haven’t tried to pull a fast one on you guys, that’s great. But I’m a bit skeptical about Bell’s intentions.

    • fruvous

      The fine print says Canada OR US

      Limited time offer. With new postpaid consumer (or small business) activations or hardware upgrades on a 2-yr Unlimited Canada & U.S. Share Plan. You must keep your Unlimited Canada & U.S. Share Plan for the duration of the term. Subscriber must be (and remain) a Canadian resident and the majority of your usage must be in Canada. Max. data usage per user may be capped at 10 GB/ billing period. Includes texts sent to a Canadian or U.S. phone number while in Canada and U.S., texts received while in Canada or the U.S. and excludes premium texts. Taxes and pay-per-use charges (including additional airtime, international long distance and roaming beyond the coverage of your Unlimited Canada & U.S. Share Plan) are extra. While in the U.S., calls or texts to numbers that are outside of Canada and the U.S. are not included and will be billed at $1.45/min for calls and $0.15/text. Roaming outside Canada and the U.S. not included. Additional data usage charges are $0.07/MB. Sending and receiving picture or video messaging in the U.S. and Push-to-Talk services use data from your promotional data feature and will incur additional data usage charges if you have exceeded your promotional data feature allotment.

    • Stephen B Morris

      Wow. That’s actually decent. I was looking for some sort of blurb but their website kept trying to get me to pick a SIM and check out. I’m cautiously optimistic that this is the start of something good. If I ever have to change providers, I might look Bell’s way. But the way they treat customers including myself, it’s hard to overlook.

    • fruvous

      Telus offers the same thing. Depending on where you are, some of the regional carriers also have this.

    • Stephen B Morris

      Well if I ever have to leave my 20GBs, any carrier that would have this would be on the short list.

    • Scazza

      there are some minor caveats.
      1) 50% of your monthly usage must be within Canada and
      2) The plan must remain on your account for 2 full years. It isn’t something you add on or take off when you go to the US. It must be on the entire contract.
      It is amazing value if you travel frequently to the US. I know first hand the 50% thing isn’t strictly enforced, it is for people who would abuse it that they have that on the terms.

    • Stephen B Morris

      Which would be fine since I don’t change my plan often. Good to know.

    • John Lofwire

      Yep not 6$ a day.. 10$ a month 😉

    • Josh Tisi

      link please?

    • John Lofwire

      Mods won’t allow link.
      But its on telus website simply build yourself a share plan you will have one option for canada wide and one for can/us wich include roaming.

  • St. Misery

    Enjoy your $0 unlock fee everyone!

    • Stephen B Morris

      To be fair, this increase was probably going to happen whether the unlock fee was in place or not.

    • Renault Cartier

      Very good point!

  • Graham Neill

    Can you spell CASH GRAB?

  • HavaLava24

    Why is this news. Bell, Telus, SaskTel have $10/mo USA addon to Unlimited Canada nationwide calling text and data. I’m in Sask on Bell, $65/mo/5GB. Unlimited Canada/USA gave me unlimited calling, texting, data usage while I was in Maine in June for 2 weeks, roaming switched between ATT, TMo, and Northeast wireless, seamless.

  • vn33

    “Since we introduced the service, customers are using it more and more …”

    … and we realize we can get more and more cash from our customers

  • Marshall Davidson

    I really never understood the appeal of this service. I mean when on vacation one can easily get a SIM card cheap from a local vendor or use any number of VOIP apps given the proliferation of Wi-Fi no matter where you go.
    If you’re a business person travelling extensively this is an option for you without a doubt but for everyone else totally unnecessary.

    • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

      Big convenience factor for many people by not worrying about juggling sim cards or having their phone number change. That’s essentially it.

    • THIS!! Not having your phone number change is key!
      And annoyingly, any texts sent to my normal TELUS number also go “missing” (ie. never arrive after the fact when I put my regular sim back in) if they’re sent while on a vacation in the US w/o that TELUS sim card in. Which is crap imo.

    • bigshynepo

      My entire family uses this many times a year on vacation and for ‘snowbirding’. Also, my elderly parents like it because buying local sims and swapping them isn’t a familiar procedure with them.

    • Stephen_81

      Convenience > Cost
      It was Roam Like Home that actually made me abandon my ~$60/6GB plan Yes I paid more monthly but I didn’t HAVE to swap sims traveling anymore. Which is especially nice when going to the Caribbean, as my devices are all nano sims’ and when I was trying to get a local SIM no one had Nano sims for me, they shaved down micro sims which didn’t work.

  • iamcdn604

    Roam Mobility still $4.95/day

    • vn33

      I like RM because their prices are reasonable, and give you all your (pro-rated) data upfront

  • I’m with Freedom Mobile’s $59 a month LTE plan which gives me unlimited talk anytime of day 7 days a week, unlimited Global Text , 8 Gs Data in Freedom Zones, out of Freedom Zones 2400 Talk minutes Monthly and 1G of Data out of Freedom Mobile Zones in both Canada and the USA. Why would anyone want to pay Rogers’, Bell’s or Telus’ outrageous over priced rates, nevermind Rogers $6 a day Roaming Rates? You might as well sign over your paychecks, bank accounts and all properties to the big 3 while your at it. If your with the Big Three, your being extorted.

  • Sequoia46.2

    Lol this will just encourage more people to unlock for free and get a local or roaming SIM.