Add a simplified US roaming plan

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Now, first of all, I have to freely admit that I have stol... er, taken this idea from T-Mobile US :)

Rather than offering a 3 or 30 day limited mobile bundle, offer a day-to-day unlimited roaming feature.

For example:
- Unlimited calls + text only: $5 per day
- Unlimited calls + text + data: $10 per day (throttled at 200MB)

It's quite a bit more expensive than the current roaming packages, but at least you'll never, ever run into unexpected cost.

If the add-on is active, all you need to do is use the phone in the US to activate the day's fee. Visit for 3 days will cost you $30, or two weeks but no data $35... It would be the perfect roaming plan for me :P

If you implement something like that, Koodo, I solemly promise I'll upgrade to a plan :D
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I like your idea Sophia! However, this has got me wondering. I personally use Roam Mobility when I visit the States, but I know many people prefer to buy roaming plans with their regular providers. For those who do, is it because you can be reached with the same number? Or maybe you see no point having to carry an extra SIM? Or is there something I'm missing? Not ranting at all, I really want to know, because if there's a better way than using a local SIM, then I'd gladly explore my options again!
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Well I have to admit, the unwanted calls/sms stemming from the recycled numbers is a MAJOR point. Did not think about that.

In my case, on the East coast, T-Mo's coverage ain't bad once you get past Vermont. Going to keep the Roam Mobility SIM for now since it serves me well (and prepaid doesn't have roaming anyway).

Thanks for the explanations Sophia! :)
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I use t mobile all over the states. But Sophia why not ask for 3$ per day. Why bump it up just because we're Canadian we have to pay more?
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Guys, isn't $10 for 3 days unlimited texting from Koodo a far better deal? Now, I wish they had an option where you could chose to renew at the end of the 3rd day so you wouldn't run up your bill but that's a different story.
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@Chad I tried to stay realistic... roaming is always more expensive anyway. I'm sure Koodo would have to pay a fee to those carriers as well as make it worthwhile to themselves :)

@Chris Even that could be implemented perhaps: $3 per day for unlimited texting and/or calling only :) You'd be cheaper off that way :P
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True. (but I don't want to pay more :))
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Sophia, could you clarify something for me, please?

When you say "throttled", do you mean "capped".

Throttled refers to intentionally slowing down the connection, in which case you'd be suggesting a max speed of 200 kbps (rather than MB), with no usage cap.

Capped refers to a finite allowance of data transmission which is either automatically cut off or subject to overage charges once the initial allowance is used up.

In any case, I'm all for daily packages. A network's roaming offer will never beat a local provider, but if I'm in the US for only a few days, then I'm more likely to roam with Koodo (if a reasonable package is offered). Not interested in any 30-day package as I'd definitely pick up a local SIM for such a long trip.
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I meant "throttled" :) I guess better English would have been that data is throttled after 200 MB, not "at", haha.

This is how T-Mobile does it (and I love it):
For $2 per day you get unlimited talk, text and data at 2G speed only.
For $3 per day you get unlimited talk, text and 200MB data at 3G/4G speed. After you reach that, it slows down to unlimited 2G.

I really like this system and would love Koodo to offer that for the US.
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Thanks for the clarification. Great idea. You already have a +1 from me :)
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Snow birds will love this! if Koodo agreed to your suggestion, Every winter period they prefer cancel their accounts and create new one on their return in April, Koodo, go for it..let it go with Sophia idea!
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Wind had a 15 dollar unlimited everything roaming in the States.. It was something i really wish the big Canadian telcos could match... How could wind mobile make such a deal? Is Wind Mobile getting into more debt by offering this just to get more subscribers. Or is Wind just doing this at cost to get customers.

Great Idea!

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