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Is the easy roam charge over and above my monthly bill. I


Is the easy roam charge over and above my my monthly plans.  $10 per day could get very expensive.  I am going to be travelling internationally for a month and it could get very expensive.  What ever happened to the International plans that used to be available.

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Hi LAURA,

Keep in mind that easy roam is designed mostly for a convenience. If you have any questions or doubts the link below may help you.   

https://www.koodomobile.com/easyroam
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The old roaming options are now gone.  Koodo has moved to the "Roam like home" system wih Easy Roam
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There is a cap per month, but yes, the roaming charge is on top of regular plan.
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Ry wrote:

There is a cap per month, but yes, the roaming charge is on top of regular plan.

Actually, it is per billing cycle that the cap is applied.
It could get expensive.  The older plan was better.
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LAURA wrote:

It could get expensive.  The older plan was better.

It depends very much on how much you use your phone. If you use it regularly for small numbers of messages, calls and data, then yes. However, if you keep your usage down, it can be less expensive, or if your usage pattern is higher, it fills a gap the old plans did not.

A local SIM is usually cheaper, but is not as convenient.
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I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that those travelling to Europe incur no extra charges during their billing period after only 10 days while those travelling in the US are charged for 14.2 days before additional use is capped.  Given that one receives no  data, no minutes and no texts for this cost -- just access to US telephone networks -- the price seems quite high.

I'm trying to think what travel would benefit from Easy Roam, given that you cannot use it if you want to place your Koodo plan on seasonal hold.  Perhaps a weekend across the border once or twice a year?  Otherwise it's far better to buy a cheap phone/pay as you go plan which can be used for up to a year.  This will cost less than Easy Roam if you make frequent trips to the US.

If, like me, you go for more than a month, Easy Roam is very expensive.  It would add $100 per month to my existing Koodo account ($45 per month)  to get US access to my data, minutes and text allowances.  The previous US roaming add-on was only $75 extra per 30 days.  That's a 33% increase from last year. 

It is [i]much cheaper to buy a local SIM, as David recommends, and put my Koodo plan on seasonal hold. Koodo will get $30 less per month from me this winter.  Seems like a crazy business plan to drive customers away and reduce revenues.....

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Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

1 word. Convenience. If I'm going to the US for a day or a weekend I would much rather use easyroam then top up my US SIM, have to deal with a factory reset and restore on my phone (cause samsung devices reset when you insert a new sim) and then worry about losing my Koodo SIM and another factory reset and restore when it goes back in.
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Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

Good point about Samsung. I've got a Samsung too . My previous phone was also a Samsung but because I went with Koodo prepaid with U.S.boosters, I didn't have to do a factory reset. For sure, Easy Roamhas some advantages for infrequent, very short trips. Another advantage is that people can reach you at your usual number and without calling long distance. But it also costs 33% more per month for the US add on than it did last year. So I will go prepaid again either with Koodo or with a Walmart plan (haven't priced them yet).
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Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

It was the answer to people wanting more data. Most every other carrier offers it. Although at least Telus still has separate package's as well. It does end up costing more overall if you don't need more data for sure though. I still do local Sims when I opt to have cell service in another country. But I'm often in another country for 20-40 hours at a time so who knows I might give it a go.
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Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

Just to be clear, if you do not send a text, talk on the phone, or use any data, you will not be charged.  you will only get charged when you do use it, but then you got 24 hours of access so make use of it while you can, since you are already paying for your regular plan.

It is definitely a better deal for those who travel internationally and thos who have the largest plans in Canada
Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

with the Easyroam plan, would I get charged for receiving  a text or phone call?

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Elinor wrote:

I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that th...

Receiving a text, no. Receiving a call, yes, if you answer it.
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@Elinor

If you put your plan on Seasonal Hold you will lose your plan. If you have a good plan with Koodo think twice before doing it.
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Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save $120 per year by reducing my monthly cost to $15. Plus any increase in plan costs would affect me for a max of 8 months and I'd probably be able to reduce that if a good promo was offered. The USA add on I want is the one offered to the prepaid customers - the choice to de-link text, voice and data and pay for which options I want. The only way to do it is to do what I did last year; get a prepaid plan for 4 months in addition to my post paid one . Even with the monthly $15 plan fee, it was the cheapest option to meet my data needs. With the 33% increase per billing period for the US add on , going the prepaid route is the way to go.
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Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

If you don't have an open TAB, porting your number to a prepaid service might be cheaper Elinor. For example with 7-11 you only pay $25 per year to keep your number alive and once you come back, you can port it again to Koodo or any other service you like (all flanker brands are basically the same now).

Depending on the location of the number porting to a VOIP service might be even cheaper, but that service is not available where we live so I have no experience. I do know it can take a lot longer for the port to take place (cell phone is usually instant, VOIP can take 3 business days).
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Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

Thanks for the suggestion, Sophia. I'll consider this although Allen's reminder that Samsung resets when you change providers is a deterrent . I love Koodo and want to stay with it but the lack of flexible, reasonable US packages is a disincentive. I've got a month to figure out what to do.
Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

I too, have been very happy with Koodo, but the choice is either ridiculously expensive or much too difficult to deal with getting a new SIM card or some of the other options.  I can do without data while in the US so really just want an unlimited talk and text like I had previously. I think it may be time to move from Koodo:(

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Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

If you're going away for more than one month you can get the unlimited talk and text add on by contacting Koodo.
Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

Thank you!
Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

How much for unlimited talk and text in US, I will be here 4 months.
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Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

You can get a $45/month unlimited talk and text add-on if you talk to a rep and ask for it as you are going away for an extended period. Otherwise, the only other option is easy roam.
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Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

When will Koodo come up with a decent afford a me US add on. Not Easy Roam It is a rip off. E an the same as Telus has. . What is the hold up.
Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

Dont hold your breath. They think easy roam is the solution. Its not as it just benefits them. Roaming is just a rip off altogether and not much we can do about it.  
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Elinor wrote:

Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save...

You can always look into us prepaid sim cards as well. They're cheaper than easy roam and you get more out of them usage wise.

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