Cheapest way to roam on the EU

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I’ll be in the EU for thirty days and 10 per day can add up plus I have to pay me regular bill. Any suggestions would be welcome!!
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Judith Jane Leidl

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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The $10 per day is up to a maximum of $100 per billing cycle.  If you billing cycle starts/ends around the middle of your trip, that would be $200 of roaming charges + Plus your regular billing.  Do you plan to use your regular amount of talk, text and data on your travels?
https://www.koodomobile.com/easyroam?CMP=KNCKDO0428Google_Koodo-ROI_Google_229369796577&utm_sour...
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Judith Jane Leidl

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Yes thank you. Likely I would use the regular amount.
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Note that the prepaid local sim below are great suggestions and definitely cheaper, you will lose the convenience that using your own number will bring (ex. calling and texting).  If you can forgo your local number for a month and just rely on data, then the local sims are your most economical options.  
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Losing the convenience of your own number is for sure a pain. $200 in roaming charges plus cost of your plan is not good though either. There should be more options or roaming packages.
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Yeah there won't. At least not for a price most would find acceptable. Depends on what you need to have use of your own number for. Voice / video chats with multiple chatting apps are very easy and commonplace. You can also get a free Canadian number line from a VoIP company and use that you get and make calls to Canada. I maintain a Fongo line for that use, and unlike most others, you don't need to use it every few days to keep your account active.
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You could get a free Fongo (or other VoIP service & app) account, add forwarding to your Koodo plan for $3/month (you can cancel it when you return), and forward your inbound calls to your Fongo number while away.  Then pick up a local (EU provider) service with enough data for your regular data usage plus calling.  You can use Hangouts Dialer for outbound calls and make them look like they are coming from your regular Koodo phone number (provided your verify your phone number in Hangouts before leaving Canada).
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Cheapest way would be to get a plan/sim from a local carrier for the $30 days. Make sure your phone is unlocked and compatible or it wont work.

https://www.koodomobile.com/help/unlocking-your-phone
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Goran, Mobile Master

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You definitely want a local prepaid sim. For example you can get a French sim from Free Mobile which gives 100gb of data for 20 euros a month. Just look at http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.co... and select the country. If you'll be in multiple countries, you still get to roam within the EU and you get a quarter of the data allotment for roaming.
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Check your phone out against European carriers. Most recent mid- to upper-end handsets will be fine, but just in case....

 https://www.frequencycheck.com/countries
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Let us not forget, Easy Roam International will cost $12 starting in June 1st.
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Being so greedy will cost them one day. Maybe not right now but hopefully one day there are more carrier options.
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srlawren

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@Luis do you have a link to the announcement or leak about the increase from $10 to $12 a day on June 1st? I know parent Telus already made the increase on May 1st, so i would*assume* Koodo would follow suit at home point, but I can't seem to find any info on the June 1st increase you mentioned. I'll be travelling internationally in July and would very much like to know if this is definitely happening or not. Thanks in advance!
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Indeed, Easy Roam International will begin costing $12/day June 1, 2018. Please note that the cap will also be changing to $150 per billing cycle at that time. We have also increased our roaming coverage to include 25 new countries.
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Yeah i just did the math. I need 16 days worth, and due to the new pricing and cap, I'd be paying for all of them. That would work out to $192 Canadian + tax just for the Easy Roam portion, vs about $39 Canadian + tax for a Data SIM + EU Data 2GB plan from LeFrench Mobile. That's a no-brainer for sure. We sure pay through the nose in Canada.
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Goran, Mobile Master

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I wouldn't cal it unfortunate. No skin off my back Koodo doesn't give a better deal. I've no qualms getting a local sim card for a fraction of the price and I regularly do so.
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Keep in mind that any Cdn cell provider still collects your regular subscription $$ while you are on another service, or will charge you $15 a month to not give you service at all.
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Indeed, BobTheElectrician, thanks for the reminder
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srlawren

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I can confirm, Easy Roam international now shows as $12 on my account as of this morning (June 1st):



The verbiage in the section at the bottom of the page, as well as the public Easy Roam page, is still outdated, however.  This should get updated soon to avoid confusion and misrepresentation.