For those Canadians that have Bell as their carrier, if you travel a lot, then you will be interested in knowing that their Travel Data Passes now include up to double the amount of data for over 200 international destinations. As an example, Mexico, the UK and China now include 100MB of data usage for $30 rather than the 50MB they used to carry…still expensive, but at least it is somewhat an decrease in cost. Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility said "By doubling the value of our Travel Data Passes, Bell customers travelling in international destinations will find accessing maps, using apps, sharing pictures or keeping up with emails more affordable than ever. Bell takes the worry out of roaming by including automated usage notifications, easy renewal options and limits on usage overages."
At the end of December, Bell partnered up with AT&T's 4G LTE network in the US to offer their subscribers roaming coverage in the US. This gave Bell the upper hand when it came to speed for its traveling customers, but overall, it was still more expensive than Rogers' Roam Like Home and was simply on par with TELUS's plans. New Travel Data Passes are now available at the following rates for more than 210 countries in Zones 1, 2, and 3 including Europe, China, Japan, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba and other Caribbean destinations. In Zone 1- Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean – you can now get 100MB for $30 or 300MB for $75. Zone 2 – covering South America, Northern Africa, South Africa and Russia – allows 25MB for $40 or 100MB for $100. In Zone 3 – mostly Central Africa, Mongolia and Burma – it will cost you $50 for 10MB or $100 for 30MB of data.
These prices are still expensive, but if you are able to use the newer LTE networks, at least you will get more bang for your buck by being able to download more data in the same amount of time. The new LTE networks are found in the US, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Austria, France, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.
Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you use Bell's Travel Data Passes and if you will benefit from this increase…as always, we would love to hear from you.