• Roaming Like Home: Big on Convenience, on Value Not So Much



    This week Koodo finally joined the ranks of other Canadian carriers in offering its own "roam like home" service; for a daily charge of either $7 or $10 CAD you can access your data bucket in the USA or the rest of the world. And while its uninspired moniker, Easy Roam, isn't so impressive, the list of supported countries definitely is. Plus you can sign up for the service via SMS, like I did above.

    I know what you're thinking: I must really feel like an loser owning this dog of a dual SIM phone, right? I mean, what a waste of money that thing turned out to be! Yeah, not so much...

    Let's do some math on my upcoming winter vacation, to (big surprise) Hong Kong and Japan. We'll be going to Osaka first and spending 9 nights there. Using Easy Roam for those 9 nights would cost my girlfriend and I $90 each, or $180 for the both of us. With local taxes that comes to a total of $203.40 CAD. But if we rent a WiFi hotspot like we've done in the past, we would instead pay only $134 USD, or about $167 CAD, with no additional taxes (see option 3 here). More importantly, that hotspot rental comes with an extra 9 GB of LTE data to share between us.

    Granted, there is the hassle of carrying an extra gadget around and keeping it charged, and also staying within range of it—if we split up on separate shopping trips then only the person with the hotspot will be connected. However, the numbers don't lie: for two people in this scenario, renting a hotspot is definitely cheaper.

    When it comes to Hong Kong there's no contest. For $118 HKD—the equivalent of just $19 CAD—what I believe to be the world's best tourist SIM gives each of us 5 GB of LTE data over 8 days. Using Easy Roam for those same 8 days would cost more than 4 times as much!

    So why did I even bother activating Easy Roam at all? Convenience, mostly. I can think of at least two additional scenarios where it would come in very handy. The first is transiting through an airport or a layover where there's no free WiFi. It happens, sometimes. And Easy Roam would come in very handy at a destination where there's no good local SIM solution—like if we don't feel like buying a pair of BlackBerries just to use in Bermuda, for example.

    It's great that all six brands of Canada's Big Three carriers now offer a more affordable way of roaming internationally. Just know that they're not necessarily the best value when travelling abroad.

    Source: Mobile Syrup

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Koodo Mobile to Launch ‘Roam Like Home’ Feature in Late August/September started by morric7 View original post
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. Samshares's Avatar
      Samshares -
      Its about time, but I would love to see Telus drop its $2 extra that they charge people off the daily rate.

      Lastly, I hope that all of us on the QC/MB Plans can use this option as carriers have been seen in the past to limit these options to newer plans only.

      Telus US Roaming is $20 more than Rogers / Fido US Roaming which is priced the best.

      Bell / Virgin US Roaming is nonsense despite being dedicated, meaning it does not come out of your plan bucket but in the end it costs more for the user to ROAM with Bell / Virgin in US and overseas.
    1. jet3216's Avatar
      jet3216 -
      Nice! Would also like to see WiFi calling as well. Miss it from when I was with Robbers as I need it in my locale. That being said Koodo is a little better for reception than the aforementioned.

      Sent from my Pixel XL using HoFo mobile app
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Awesome. Hopefully it includes worldwide destinations and not just the US
    1. xtachx's Avatar
      xtachx -
      Looks like Koodo wants some of that roaming revenue that they are losing out on. It remains to be seen if it is $7/day capped at $100 or $5/day capped at $50.
    1. CGY Guy's Avatar
      CGY Guy -
      While this would be nice to see, the 30 day add-on is $75, although with a 750 meg limit. So, the 'Easy Roam', even at $5 per day, that's $70 for 14 days, plus your normal phone bill.

      Getting a prepaid sim is way cheaper than that, even in CDN dollars. I'd rather spend my money on having fun, not my cell bill.
    1. nfq's Avatar
      nfq -
      If they're better rates than the current options, it'll be good.

      Sent from my LG-H831 using Tapatalk
    1. xtachx's Avatar
      xtachx -
      Quote Originally Posted by CGY Guy View Post
      While this would be nice to see, the 30 day add-on is $75, although with a 750 meg limit. So, the 'Easy Roam', even at $5 per day, that's $70 for 14 days, plus your normal phone bill.

      Getting a prepaid sim is way cheaper than that, even in CDN dollars. I'd rather spend my money on having fun, not my cell bill.
      Rogers' system is $50 + your normal bill. You have to pay that normal bill regardless. Now $50 CDN is about $38 USD. Considering a T-Mobile SIM is $10 USD you have $28 USD to buy the GBs you have on your Rogers plan.

      Or you could get 1GB with $15 addon from freedom mobile.

      Telus plan is a ripoff.
    1. CGY Guy's Avatar
      CGY Guy -
      Which is why I said a US prepaid sim is way cheaper.

      Last time, I was down for 10 days, and the $40 10 day was fine. At 14 days, it's $75 for the 30 day add-on. Nope, won't happen.
    1. buchrob's Avatar
      buchrob -
      Many folks would be happy with $20 to $25 to last them a month or more. Tracfone does not charge long distance for calls to Canada... but you have to download their international dialer application. The downside of using a US SIM for casual roaming is that your Canadian home phone number will not ring thru but just fall into voicemail.

      If you spend a fair amount of time on either side of the border, get yourself a VoIP number to advertise as your principal contact and have those calls forwarded to both your cell numbers. For an extra $3 a month or so, you can rent a local number in each of your regular haunts so that local contacts wont have to spring for long distance if that's an issue.

      With a VoIP app on your phone, you can also call from anywhere that wifi is available.

      https://www.tracfone.com/serviceplan/smartphone

      https://www.callcentric.com
    1. nfq's Avatar
      nfq -
      Quote Originally Posted by CGY Guy View Post
      Which is why I said a US prepaid sim is way cheaper.

      Last time, I was down for 10 days, and the $40 10 day was fine. At 14 days, it's $75 for the 30 day add-on. Nope, won't happen.
      Heck, their public mobile US roaming is half the price for the same plan.

      Sent from my LG-H831 using Tapatalk
    1. ganja24's Avatar
      ganja24 -
      I got Koodo carrier update 28.3 on iPhone, maybe there getting ready for Wi-Fi calling?
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      To me this type of plan is meant more for a quick one day trip to the US making it very useful any more than that as others have said get a local sim

      Sent from my LG-H873 using HoFo mobile app
    1. morric7's Avatar
      morric7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nfq View Post
      Heck, their public mobile US roaming is half the price for the same plan.

      Sent from my LG-H831 using Tapatalk
      The problem a I have with Public Mobile travel packs is that on all of the three most recent occasions I have purchased a one of their travel pack once it ends I can neither send nor receive text messages and I have to request they fix the problem through the forum page.
    1. VTECMAN's Avatar
      VTECMAN -
      Any updates on this?
    1. 5714's Avatar
      5714 -
      Quote Originally Posted by VTECMAN View Post
      Any updates on this?
      No, Koodo is too cheap to do anything correctly or on time.
    1. wes786's Avatar
      wes786 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 5714 View Post
      No, Koodo is too cheap to do anything correctly or on time.
      Well yeah you're right, they are cheap! If you want premium services pay the premium price and go to Telus and enjoy those premium features...you get what you pay for I guess!
    1. 5714's Avatar
      5714 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wes786 View Post
      Well yeah you're right, they are cheap! If you want premium services pay the premium price and go to Telus and enjoy those premium features...you get what you pay for I guess!
      vm.ca
      fido.ca
      koodo.com

      Tell me which one is more expensive with "Roaming," VoLTE, and VoWi-Fi.

      By cheap, I meant stingy.
    1. wes786's Avatar
      wes786 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 5714 View Post
      vm.ca
      fido.ca
      koodo.com

      Tell me which one is more expensive with "Roaming," VoLTE, and VoWi-Fi.

      By cheap, I meant stingy.
      I got no complains, koodo works best for my needs!

      Everyone's needs are different, so I can see where you're coming from...
    1. adrianf74's Avatar
      adrianf74 -
      So I asked customer service for an update and received the following:


      "(The) new add-ons for Roaming are just around the corner!

      We just don't know yet when they'll be announced or officially released.

      Keep an eye out on our website 🙂"

      So... Maybe next month?
    1. jattdesi's Avatar
      jattdesi -
      ^LoL, Did you ask which corner?