ROAMing is a nasty, four letter word – roaming charges have always been a dreaded way for carriers to pick your pockets because they don’t have adequate coverage in the area that you want to travel through. Carriers in Canada are notorious for charging a lot of expensive roaming charges – by Canada’s natural geographic boundaries and limitations, most carriers do not have country wide coverage, so they enter into roaming agreements with the other carriers and many times those carriers providing the coverage would charge a lot more than they were charging their own customers
Just two weeks ago the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) was looking into the practices of the Canadian Telecoms and attacked Rogers and found that “there were clear instances of unjust discrimination and undue preference by Rogers Communications Partnership…[in regards to] the wholesale mobile wireless roaming rates it charged certain new entrants.” Basically, they want changes made to the Telecommunications Act that in effect, would not allow any of the big Telcos to charge more for roaming fees to smaller carriers than they were charging their own customers. They do not want the larger carriers to impede the growth or competition of the smaller companies such as, Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Videotron, etc.
Wind Mobile is now bringing some changes to the way they charge their customers that leave their network when they are traveling in the U.S. – the changes will go into effect August 21 and there should be a significant drop in the cost of using data, while roaming. The carriers are finally realizing that roaming charges are one of the items that potential subscribers look at when choosing their wireless carrier…especially if they do a lot of traveling to the U.S. for business or pleasure. Wind Mobile already has a nice package deal as a $15 add-on for unlimited U.S. roaming, but now the company is seeking to lower the roaming charges for those that do not take advantage of the add-on.
A tipster sent in a Wind Mobile internal document (those are my favorite) to our source that shows the Outgoing calls to Canada or the USA will drop from $0.20/minute to only $0.15 per minute, as will all Incoming Calls. Outgoing Text (SMS) drops from $0.15/text to only $0.05/per text and as before any Incoming Text are FREE. The biggest change comes to those annoying charges for roaming Data – they will drop from $1/MB to only $0.05/MB! Wind customers will also be able to enjoy HSPA+ download speeds of up to 42.2Mbps. Another added bonus they made was in their Bring/Buy Your Own Device (BYOD) policy – any customer that takes advantage of the BYOD when traveling off the Wind network will receive a monthly service credit of $7.50/month to use towards add-ons or your monthly services.
Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you will be taking advantage of this new offer at Wind Mobile – do roaming fees influence your decision on selecting a carrier…as always, we would love to hear from you.