Easy Roam in Europe

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I am going to Europe soon, I have several questions about Easy Roam:
1. When is the best time to active the Easy Roam: in Canada or in airport of Europe after landing
2. If I did not active it, when I use data like google map first time in Europe, is it active Easy roam automatically or charge the roaming fee directly?
3. Do I be charged if I call/text Europe numbers, even 1-888- XXXXX?
4. I can use my data plan for google map, browsing without any additional charges, right?
5. Do I have to 'turn-off' Easy Roam manually before I fly back to Canada
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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Activate easy roam right now. It only starts charging u when u use data/send sms/take or make calls on a foreign network

If easy roam add-on is not on your account u will pay the pay per use rate

All talk while on a foreign network will be charged as pay peruse or early roam roaming rates

If u have easy roam you can use your home plan while roaming like you would in Canada

I recommend easy roam be on your plan all the time. You can do this on self serve
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Allan, Mobile Master

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I recommend downloading offline maps with Google maps. Save the data and if thats all you want easy roam for, save the easy roam charges.
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Also planning on being in Europe but not planning on using my phone except when on wifi, or for an emergency call or text. I would keep it on airplane mode, unless I needed it or was on wifi. My husband has the necessary package on his phone. I was thinking the pay per use would be a better deal for me than Easy Roam? Comments? Incoming texts don't count, right?
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If it is just for emergencies, then yes pay per use would be better.  Just make sure easy roam is off in self serve.

Correct incoming texts dont count, however, you cant be on airplane mode to receive texts.  Also watch out for unwanted data leakage.  Make sure your data is off on your phone settings and data roaming is also off
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Thx
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Robert, Mobile Master

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Maps.me is also a pretty good offline map! 
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cw, Dennis is right that you should activate Easy Roam in Canada. After you leave Canada you should turn on Flight Mode and turn off your data.  This will protect you from accidentally triggering Easy Roam to turn on automatically, if you got a text/call/ email, etc.  You don't want to pay $10 for some "Bon Voyage!" text from home.  When you do turn off flight mode, your Easy Roam will kick in at the first cell activity.  Use that 24 hrs well -- You've paid for it.  If you turn off your phone for days when you don't really need it, you will save a lot of charges.  Allen's suggestion to download maps and all other travel info before you go. 
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@Elinor I don't believe incoming text messages start your 24 hours, so long as you don't reply.
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I think you're right but perhaps one the MMs could confirm?  But if someone emails you or uses Messenger to say something,  the 24 hour period begins.
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@Elinor: Incoming text should not trigger easyroam.
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Google offline maps won’t allow you to change a routing. I recommend Copilot GPS, others like Here Maps.