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).