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Once you leave Canada, you’re roaming off the Rogers network. When you “roam”, you’re accessing services through a foreign cellular network and can incur incremental charges for your usage (talking, texting, emailing, web browsing etc).
Here are a few tips from Connected Magazine, on how you can save on roaming this March Break:
1. Make sure your data roaming is on–Most devices have the data roaming set to off. If you plan on checking email or using other data services such as web browsing, BBM, MMS, Visual Voicemail & Apps while you are away, turn data roaming on. Also, remember to turn off Apps that you’re not using to help conserve data.
3. Get a Roaming Data Pass – Sharing a picture, web browsing or checking email requires data. Passes start at $5 and include the following customer friendly features that help ensure a worry free roaming experience:
- Free near real-time text alerts that let you monitor your data usage.
- Data service cut-offs upon data-pass expiration, so you never have to worry about “overage” fees.
For Voice & Text:
4. Get a Combo Travel Pack–Need Voice and Text while you’re down in the Caribbean? The Zone 3 Combo Travel Pack is good for one month from the date of purchase and if you use up the Pack, you’ll continue to enjoy discounted rates (per minute, sent text) for your usage until the month is over.
5. Save juice by:
- Disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (turn on Wi-Fi when looking for a hotspot).
- Turning your screen’s brightness down.
- Closing apps that run in the background.
Michelle is a new contributor to RedBoard
And, if you plan to bring your smartphone along for the ride we’ve got some news that will help make keeping in touch less costly: our new U.S and International Text Messaging Travel Packs, featuring a greater number of included text messages with a rate as low as $0.10 per sent message in the U.S. and $0.20 per sent for International. And best of all, received text messages are free!
What is it?
U.S. and International Text Messaging Travel Packs are a one-time purchase of text messages at a discounted rate for use while outside of Canada.
Travel Packs are valid for one month from the date of purchase. And, if you run out of the included text messages, you can keep on sending messages at the reduced rate provided by your Travel Pack until that month is up.
The U.S. Text Messaging Travel Pack text messages may be used all over the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The International Text Messaging Travel Pack may be used for international text messaging excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cuba.
What are the new rates?
Text messaging Travel Packs range in price from $12.50-$50 and can save you up to 87 per cent off Rogers regular text messaging rate outside of Canada, depending on which Travel Pack you choose.
To find the one that’s right for you, check out www.rogers.com/travelwithyourphone
How to Get It?
You can add a travel pack right from your phone:
- Text “SAVE” to 7626. A link will be sent to your phone to allow you to activate the pack.
- Or, select the Internet icon from your phone’s main menu to get to the Rogers Mobile Internet site, www.rogers.mobi. From there, click the My Account link, select Browse New Services, then click Travel Packs.
Also, if you frequently travel to the U.S, you may want to check out Rogers recently announced One Rate data roaming plans. For about $10 more a month than equivalent domestic plans, you can use the same data allotment in both Canada and the U.S. to check email or use your phone’s mobile internet.
Where will your summer vacation take you this year? Have you ever used a Rogers Text Messaging Travel Pack?
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
With the arrival of warmer weather, you may be starting to make your Spring or Summer travel plans. If you’re like us, you’ll probably be packing a smartphone or other mobile device to keep connected with friends, family and yes, even work.
Historically this has been hard to do affordably, regardless of your carrier. You may have resorted to switching data off, or using only Wi-Fi or pay phones to keep costs down. But as part of Rogers’ efforts to make it easier for you to do business with us, we’re working with our roaming partners to bring down roaming fees and we’re also designing new offers and options to better fit your needs while roaming. Here’s a rundown of some of the new ideas we’ve introduced to make roaming more affordable.
New One Rate Plans
A few weeks ago, Rogers unveiled One Rate data roaming plans. These new plans offer frequent travellers to the U.S. the ability to draw from the same data bucket in both Canada and the U.S. For about $10 more a month than equivalent domestic plans, frequent U.S. business and leisure travellers can get cost certainty and big savings. It’s not available for all our plans, but you can find more details at www.rogers.com/onerateroaming.
Less frequent travellers should go with a travel pack, which provides significant savings over standard text messaging, voice and data roaming rates. You can add U.S. or international packs by contacting Customer Care or through the My Rogers section on Rogers.com. Go to www.rogers.com/roaming for travel pack info.
Some of you (particularly our iPhone customers) have told us you don’t want to switch plans to get better roaming rates. The best option for you is the U.S Data Roaming Option. A $10 recurring monthly fee allows you to roam in the States at the rate of $1/MB, the equivalent of roughly 50 text e-mails. Data usage can also vary by device – see the travel tips section of the link above for more useful info. You can also check out the data calculator at www.rogers.com/datacalculator.
We’re excited to provide One Rate’s pioneering low rates and convenience, along with the widest range of roaming options available to Canadians. But we recognize there’s more work to do.
Our goal is to make wireless roaming easier and more cost effective for all our customers. Here are a few things we’ve done to make that happen:
- Since last year, our customers receive an SMS once they’re roaming in a foreign country and get directed to some of the packs above to save money.
- Our site has a travel tips section to educate customers about roaming
- Clearer representation on your monthly invoice to better manage and understand your roaming usage
Looking ahead, we are working with partners around the world to find other ways to bring savings to our customers. So stay tuned – and bon voyage!
Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.