Canadians can travel to the USA without roaming fees? With Roam Mobility we can!

Canadians can travel to the USA without roaming fees? With Roam Mobility we can!
08 Jan 2014

Are you Canadian, with a cell/smart phone, and sick of all the roaming fees when you travel to the US?

Me too.

Roaming Fees suck!

My wife Wendy and I take the kids camping in the US every weekend in the summer. We are also down visiting family several times in the US. I also travel to the US with my job. Our long distance and data usage bills were so high, we started putting our iPhones on “airplane mode” the minute we got to the border. We would use wi-fi when at the campground. We would choose restaurants based on whether they had wi-fi. We’d often see ourselves go to a McDonalds, just so Wendy could get a coffee, and we could check our emails and social media accounts.

In the Spring of 2013, before our camping season began, I started to research a better option for our cell and data usage. Our Canadian carrier was just too expensive.

We had asked in our home campground’s private Facebook group what other members from Canada used for cell and data. Some were saying they use a mobile hot spot from Verizon or AT&T, and some said they just bought a US phone. All of them had to use the campground’s mailing address (as you have to have a US address to have a US phone). All had relatives in the US, so they could use their US credit card card to pay for the services. I kept thinking… that is ridiculous… there has to be a better way.

Enter Roam Mobility

After researching a bit on Google, I came across the Roam Mobility website.

It was laid out pretty simple. First, I could either:

1. Get my iPhone unlocked and buy another SIM card (online or at a participating dealer);
2. Purchase a dual-SIM Breeze phone from Roam; or
3. Purchase a Liberty mobile hot spot from Roam Mobility

Once I had my hardware figured out, I would need to select a plan. Plans are based on how long you will be travelling to the US, and how much data you will need.

roaming fees plans

Talk, Text and Data? Roam has you covered

1. Talk+Text+Data – from $3.95 per day
• 1, 3, 7, 14, 30 day packages
• Unlimited global text
• Unthrottled high-speed data
• Free long-distance calls to Canada
• Voicemail and caller ID
• No overages

2. Talk+Text – from $2.95 per day
• Unlimited nationwide talk
• Unlimited global text
• Free long distance calls to Canada
• Voicemail and caller ID
• No overages

3. Data only – as low as $0.01 per MB
• 300MB, 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 5GB packages
• Ideal for tablets & hotspots
• Unthrottled high-speed data
• Tethering to multiple devices
• No overages

and just recently introduced…

4. Snowbird Plan – $39.95 per month (minimum 3 month purchase)
• Unlimited nationwide talk
• Unlimited global text
• 1GB of data per month
• Free long-distance calls to Canada
• Voicemail and caller ID

roaming fees prices

Okay… so you have me covered… but where exactly is that?

This was one of my biggest concerns. So yes, Roam Mobility is less expensive than my Canadian carrier. But what is their coverage like?

Roam’s website has a map that shows where there is coverage.

roaming fees Coverage-Map-Updated

This just solved all of our roaming cell/data issues! I’m not sure if you were doing the numbers in your head while reading that… but those prices are huge savings over what you would pay for roaming charges by your Canadian carrier.

The beauty of all of this… if I need more data, I just go online and purchase more, or send a text to Roam and I can top up via SMS. I’ll never get overage charges, hidden fees, or service disruptions.

I used Roam Mobility’s throughout the summer without any issues.

Next week, I will be traveling to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. I will be using Roam Mobility while there.

I am looking forward to using it without the fear of receiving a huge cell bill next month.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

Disclaimer: Roam Mobility provided me with a 7-Day Talk+Text+Data plan to review. All opinions are my own.

If you would like me to review your service, product, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or find me on “the twitter” at @BigDaddyKreativ

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

Comments

  1. This is awesome Craig. Last summer I got a T-Mobile card for the week we were in the US, but it wasn’t perfect by any stretch since I believe we were only able to get Edge service on their network. I will definitely be hooking this up next time in the US.

    • Check out their website, and ensure you are covered where you are going. I found that for where I travel, I am covered. There were a few areas in the mountains on the way down to Florida where we temporarily lost coverage, or were bumped to Edge service.

  2. Thanks for the heads up! DEFINITELY doing this next time I’m in the US!!!

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