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Roam Mobility Review & Exclusive Coupon Code

There’s nothing I hate more than having to pay roaming and long distance charges when I travel to the USA. And last year, I traveled a lot. Even with the $10/month U.S. data roaming option provided to me by Rogers Wireless, I still paid hundreds of dollars in roaming charges in the last 12 months alone.

Enter Roam Mobility. This Vancouver-based company is now offering us Canucks a flexible, affordable, and commitment-free (no contracts!) roaming option when traveling across the border.

When I was at the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago this past September, I ended up paying $10 (data roaming option) + $63.32 (roaming charges) = $73.32. And that was using my data sparingly over the course or just 3 days. Not cool, Rogers Wireless. :|

BUT, If I had used the Roam Mobility talk/text/data plan, I would have only had to pay $24.95. Which would have gotten me 200 MB of data, unlimited talk and text within the US AND back to Canada, plus free voicemail and caller ID. There’s a wide range of plans available for everyone – even data plans for your iPad! Or just regular talk/text plans for those who don’t have data.

I personally cannot wait to use the service during my next trip across the border!

How Roam Mobility works

In order to use this service, you will either need to purchase a SIM card for $19.95 (if you have an unlocked smartphone), or you can buy a reusable travel phone from Roam Mobility for $39.95 (which includes the SIM card). The only down side to the reusable travel phone is that you can’t use data with it, but you can talk/text all you want. :)

When you buy a SIM card on the Roam Mobility website, it will be shipped to you within 2-5 business days. Then, you will activate your device online, and then be able to pick a plan instantly. You won’t receive your US phone number right away, but as soon as you cross the border, your US number will be sent to your cell phone by text message and e-mail.

As long as you use the service within one year, your US phone number will remain active. AND, when you’re not using the phone, you can even share the phone with friends and family who are traveling south.

Exclusive Coupon Code

Roam Mobility has been kind enough to give GMBMFB readers an exclusive discount on their product! For a limited time, you will get $5 off a Roam Mobility SIM or Micro-SIM card (limited to one SIM per customer, regular price: $19.95) AND they will waive 100% of the shipping fees. This will give you a total savings of around $16 CDN. Use coupon code: GMBMFB (valid until 01/31/2012).

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


  1. Advertisement says:

    Have you used this service before? To be honest, it doesn’t sound like you even wrote this post.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Really? Well, I did write this post. In fact, I write all of my “review” posts. The only ones I don’t write are labeled either “guest post” or the very rare “sponsored post.” I haven’t tried Roam Mobility before (but I definitely will during my next trip to the USA), but I’m genuinely intrigued by what it can offer Canadians. That’s why I wrote this post. It’s the first of its kind, and I think it’s really cool to be able to give out a coupon code to readers that’s not available anywhere else.

    • @Advertisement: How about a thank you for getting you a coupon code?

      If you don’t like the post, move on.

  2. Miranda says:

    The coupon code is cool, but I’d be a bit more transparent with the fact that you haven’t tried them yet – so not really a review.

    It does read a bit like an ad but the coupon code ads value so that compensates for that fact in my opinion as a reader.

  3. Mon says:

    Hi Krystal!
    First I want to say you are so motivating and inspiring! I totally love your blog! I, like you, was a shopaholic.. well I gues I still am but I have taken the steps to open savings accounts and try to payback my student loan asap!

    This is such a cool post and its great that you’re giving us a coupon code so we get a deal!!

    ps. I just started a 30-day shopping ban starting today.. eek!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Hi Krystal, big fan of the blog but not so much this post. Interesting product, but you haven’t even tried it. It really does sound like an ad; are you getting a kickback for this post?

    • Krystal Yee says:

      No, I haven’t tried it yet, but it doesn’t mean I can’t write what this company provides as a service. It might sound like an ad, but it’s genuinely written from my own enthusiasm to share what I randomly found on the internet. Read my other product reviews on this site (like Quicken), and you’ll see most of my reviews sound exactly like this one. Seriously… no more roaming charges when traveling south of the border? That’s amazing.

    • @Lindsay: Lindsay how do you think bloggers make money to SURVIVE. Look at every single PF blog — Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar, Consumerism Commentary — they ALL get paid for their posts. This is Krystal’s job now. I’d like to add there are NO shortages of personal posts from Krystal.

      Why do you care so much? Just move on to the next post. Krystal has to make a freaking living for goodness sake!!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Okay, fair enough. I assume you’re getting a kickback, which is fine, you work hard. I guess I’m just a fan of transparency in product reviews.

    • David says:

      This isn’t a product review: this is a review of a company itself and what they have to offer. She’s simply saying that she’s found this service and it seems like a great one. Good job, KrystalD

  6. Kim says:

    “I personally cannot wait to use the service during my next trip across the border!”

    Pretttty sure that means she hasn’t used it yet but is looking forward to using the service. It looks pretty awesome and I can’t wait to use it either!

  7. Katie says:

    Have you thought about purchasing a pre-paid phone to use in the United States? They are pretty cheap at Walmart/Target. There is probably a way to incorporate GoogleVoice so you don’t lose any messages.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      A pre-paid phone is a good idea, but you still wouldn’t be able to talk and text to people in Canada. And if you need to talk a lot, Roam Mobility’s service is unlimited talk/text, whereas a pre-paid phone, well, you have to pay for what you use.

  8. Renee says:

    Wow, I had no idea how spoiled we are the U.S. Roaming charges seem so retro to me! :) haha

    • Krystal Yee says:

      Well I don’t know that much about American cell phone companies, but I’m pretty sure that if you were to travel in Canada, you’d get roaming charges too. This cell phone company is just for Canadians who travel south of the border into the USA – so we don’t have to pay roaming charges when we use our phones.

  9. JUAN V says:

    if you have an iphone or android download the magic jack app(free) and as long as u have either 3g or wifi connection u can make calls to anywhere in the us or canada, with a us number for free no trial period or anything. Mind u its much easier to connect to netwroks in the US as ive noticed most businesses and residences dotn even make their networks private or ask for a key.

  10. While I don’t travel stateside often, Roam Mobility has definitely caught my eye.

    And not sure where the problem with the post is coming from, but ever considered using a service like on the review posts?

  11. I thought this sounded great! I actually have a SIM card coming to me now – thanks for the coupon code!

    I’m a Rogers customer too and hate Hate HATE how every time I go out of town for work, my cell bill pretty much doubles. Did a bit of math:

    Roam Mobility: 7 days, talk/text/data (unlimited/unlimited/500mb) = $45
    Rogers: 30 days talk/text ($38 – 40 minutes/100 texts) + 7 days data ($25 – 15mb) = $63

    Even considering the $15 SIM card (making that week away $60) what you get for that makes it a no brainer.

    • Krystal Yee says:

      I totally agree. Getting Roam Mobility when traveling in the USA is just so logical when it comes to saving money. Please please let me know how you like the service once you use it. I won’t get a chance to check it out until the fall and I’m eager to hear someone’s thoughts on it! :)

  12. Viper says:

    I missed out on this coupon code and its expired :(

    Krystal, do you have any new codes? Or anyone else?

    Thanks in advance!


  13. Got it, used it.

    I bought a 7-day talk/text/data plan to use with my sister’s unlocked Blackberry – since all their website said was that the phone had to be unlocked, so I thought I was good to go.

    I get to Vegas, and my data STILL doesn’t work (I was thinking it had something to do with being in the airport…nope) – turns out that the data WON’T work if you’re on a Blackberry – something about RIM not giving their permission on something or other. They didn’t state anywhere online that I can recall (haven’t checked since getting back) that it wouldn’t work with a BB, so I was pretty choked – I could have unlocked my iPhone! They did refund the data portion of my plan, but I’m still not impressed with the lack of notice anywhere. The gal I spoke with even told me that they’d been getting complaints about it.

    On the other hand, text and talk were great. Could really have used that data, though.

  14. Hopper says:

    I tried it with my iPhone and my friend used it with his Nexus. Both us of got it working with no issues at all, and it was great to see how easy they make the activation! (Rogers, you need to learn from these guys)

    On the Nexus you get the best experience because you get the super fast Roam network, while I got the slower one. I called them to ask about this and they said soon Apple products with be on the faster network.

    Checking email and looking up info was good enough for, me but YouTube is out.

    As for my buddy, he said the network with Roam was faster than Koodo at home.

    Bottom line, it does work as advertised (for me) and its a bargain because it was the first time I didn’t have to think about using my phone when in NYC.

  15. Lady Anne M says:

    Hi all! I had the chance to use this service when I was in Las Vegas three weeks ago and I took the talk/text/data plan for one week (I think it was $39). It was great to have unlimited calls and txt capabilities to stay connected with family, friends and even work. The only thing that the downside of it was that there are some weak signal spots but then again, during that time I was traveling to the Grand Canyon. Overall, I am very satisfied with the service. FYI, I used my own device (unlocked smartphone) and I purchased the SIM at the airport (they are available @ Pearson International Airport – YYZ, at Replay Stores). I activated the plan before taking off and once landed, everything is set up! That’s how fast and easy it is!

  16. Max says:

    Hi everyone !

    We have a new distribution for Roam in Ontario. let us know if you need anything!

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