The customer service fairy seems to have paid a visit to Rogers recently. Yesterday, I called and inquired about roaming rates to the US for my trip next week. I was pleasantly surprised to find that roaming data rates to the US have dropped from $6,000 per gigabyte, and that I could now buy a short term roaming plan for both voice and data.
$40 will get you 60 roaming minutes in the US, and $60 will get you 120.
A $10 charge will allow you to roam data at $1 per megabyte.
So what does that mean in practice? Normal data usage for me is around 300M per month. For my 5 days in San Francisco, if I use data normally, I would expect to pay $70. I also bought the $60 voice plan, and will use that in conjunction with Truphone Anywhere to avoid long distance charges.
At $130 it’s still expensive, but compared to the $474 I would have paid for the same service six months ago, it’s a steal. Moreover, it’s much less complex than my previous solutions – local SIMs and unlocking SIM carriers.
And the best part? No contracts. The customer service rep set the entire plan to expire in 30 days. It’s totally pay as you go.