We have not seen much movement in cost of the base plans on the carriers, so they are using the U.S. roaming charges as a way to undercut the competition. It is no secret that many Canadians travel to the U.S., and vice versa, and those that travel to the U.S. can be hit with high charges for roaming. TELUS just updated their U.S. roaming packages to compete against Rogers' Roam Like Home package and new comers like KnowRoaming and Roam Mobility. TELUS' packages include unlimited voice minutes and outgoing texts – the price changes based on the amount of data included.
TELUS is offering three 'Combo Passes" for its subscribers that visit the U.S. The first one costs $25 and is aptly called US Combo Pass 25. It is good for 3 days – you know, for those long weekend getaways – and gives you unlimited minutes, 150MB of data, unlimited outgoing text messages and free incoming text messages. If you go over, it will run you $5 per 50MB of data and TELUS claims you will save $725 over their pay-per-use rates of $1.50 per minute, $5.00 per MB and $.60 per text.
Their US Combo Pass 50 is for 10 days and will cost you $50. It will give you unlimited minutes, 300MB of data, unlimited outgoing text messages and free incoming text messages. The overage of $5.00 per 50MB remains the same and you will save $1,450 over the pay-per-use rates.
The third package is their US Combo Pass 80, which is for a 30-day period and will cost you $80. It will give you the unlimited minutes and outgoing text messages, free incoming text messages and 1GB of data. Overages will cost you the same $5.00 per 50MB and will save you $5,040 from the pay-per-day use rates.
The only Data only pass is a US Data Pass 15 will cost you $15 and will last you for 30 days. You only get 15MB of data, so this is no bargain…I guess this is TELUS' attempt to force you into one of their Travel Passes. The US Text Pass 15 is also a 30 day affair that will run you $15 for only 100 outgoing text messages, but you do get unlimited incoming text messages. They also have a US Voice Pass 15 for 30 days for $15 that gives you only 25 minutes of talk time.
Your best buy is still Roam Mobility – for $3.95 a day, you get unlimited talk and text and 400MB of LTE Data, although you do have to put in a new SIM card and use a new telephone number when you travel. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you have traveled to the U.S. and what do you do to handle your roaming…as always, we would love to hear from you.