Does Easy Roam allow network handshaking without incurring a charge?

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When traveling with Easy Roam on a plan, does the typical network handshaking trigger the Easy Roam charge?
I have data blocked on my account. If I do not make a voice call, or send a text, is the fact that my phone handshakes with the network enough to incur the daily (24hr) $10 fee?
If I were to receive a text while traveling, would this trigger the fee for that day?
What if I were to receive an incoming phone call from my home area?
Years ago, I was once bitten by excessive roaming access fees during travel in the US where simply having the phone turned on during travel incurred a roaming fee from every network that I passed through even when I did not make or receive a call. Each state carrier had a separate fee. I practically had to mortgage my firstborn to pay the roaming charges added on to my bill from the large Canadian carrier, who shall remain nameless.
I just wish to confirm that no Easy Roam fee is charged just because the phone is turned on, and NO calls and texts are made.
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Posted 7 months ago

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In the official page of Koodo EasyRoam https://www.koodomobile.com/easyroam

It states:
"The daily Easy Roam fee is valid for 24 hours, and applies when you make or receive a call and send a text or use data abroad."
If you had your data block, and if you don't make or receive anycall, and don't send text, I don't think you can trigger EasyRoam. That is what I deduced from those text.
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That Is what I hoped would happen.
I just want to be sure that having the phone turned on does not in itself trigger the 24-hour charge with the minimal handshaking that takes place. "Hello network, my number is xxxxx, what is the correct time, please route incoming calls to me, and allow me to make outgoing." 
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I got an a SIM card from another country, I disabled the data usage on that number. I am roaming that SIM on Rogers network and didn't have any data charges for a few months already (just some roaming text or call). I don't think you can be charged for the handshake.

However, in the worst case, you would be charged $7 then going after Koodo to ask for refund. The data usage shouldn't be there as you have data block the whole time. Any charges would be a mistake.
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In my experience it does not charge for the action of handshaking. However, others without travel passes in the past have notices tiny amounts of data being charged to them. Keep an eye to your bill.
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Easy Roam is a new offering, and works differently from previous plans where you paid for x consecutive days. Now you have a service that only activates for 24-hours at a time, when you use your phone. Can anyone say for certain that a phone turned on but not used, moving from tower to tower, possibly in adjacent countries, would NOT trigger the Easy Roaming charge?
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Yes, it is certain - however, as others pointed out, it is VERY easy to use (say) 1KB of data (maybe receive an email, or location update)... and be charged the full amount. If you want to be 100% certain, make sure you keep data off when roaming.
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I haven’t used it outside the USA, but have had no issues for the past two years with a Telus account.