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TELUS Turns on LTE for Roaming in US and Abroad

August 2, 2015 - Written By Cory McNutt

Canadians like to travel, especially to the United States where many have friends, family, and vacation homes of their own.  However, we must not forget about the European family and friends as well.  It is for this very reason that the Canadian carriers have many roaming options, to help save their subscribers from seeing horrendous roaming fees – of course, the government had something to do about that, but more about that later.  Telus, as most Canadian telecoms, already has roaming agreements with partners around the globe – with different rates depending on the locations – has announced that customers traveling in the US and internationally will now be able to access the faster LTE speeds.

Our source obtained an internal document from a tipster that indicates that Telus customers can roam with LTE speeds now in the following countries – Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the entire United States.  The document also indicates that by September 30, LTE roaming will roll out in the following areas – Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates.

It was only two weeks ago that Telus launched their “US Easy Roam‘ package to compete with Rogers’ ‘Roam Like Home’ for customers roaming in the US…started back in November 2014 for only $5 per day, up to a maximum of $50.  Telus’ US roaming package will cost you $7 per day up to the maximum of $100 before they have to notify the subscriber, thanks to the Wireless Code of Conduct.  Adding LTE speeds to both the US and International countries is a big plus for Telus subscribers that travel outside the Canadian borders.  This is especially important if you are away on business and need fast access to the internet for vital information, or if you are stuck somewhere on vacation with no Wi-Fi access and want to play a game or download a video.  Always check the roaming options – sometimes a US or International Travel Pass makes more sense for a short visit.