EasyRoam vs roaming (only want 1GB data use for travelling

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I signed up for EasyRoam but plan to use 95% WiFi (not $12 per day)! I am getting roaming notifications when searching for WiFi. Does searching for WiFi trigger the $12 charge? IF I unsubscribe from EasyRoam, what's the best way to control roaming charges? Is keeping mobile data OFF and not accessing text and phone, enough? Or do I need to put on airplane mode until I access WiFi? Ideally I would just like to pre-pay for a small amount of data only ( 1GB ) for back up. I'm in Ecuador for 7 weeks. appreciate suggestions. SAMSUNG GALAXY ( In past travels I've just used an unlocked phone and so been limited to WiFi but now need some data for Whatsapp. Thanks
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Allan, Mobile Master

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The pay per use rate for Ecuador is $10/MB so you're best to stick with easyroam.
When you only want to use wifi, turn airplane mode on and turn wifi on.
When you need data simply turn off airplane mode to and turn on mobile data.
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Your safest bet is to take out your sim. But turning off data and not answering/making calls and not sending texts will ensure easy roam does not get triggered.
Note that once easy roam is triggered, it's good for 24 hours, so you are on the clock
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I was recently in Europe, and was using a SIM from a European provider rather than roaming, due to the ridiculous costs involved.  I mostly had my Koodo SIM tuned off (dual SIM phone), but turned it on a few times to check for any incoming text messages.  Receiving text messages doesn't start Easy Roam as they are free to receive.  I kept "data while roaming" turned off for that SIM card, and kept my phone set to using the other SIM as my data SIM, whether or not the Koodo SIM was active.

Now, every time I turned on my Koodo SIM briefly to check for incoming texts, I got an email from Koodo that looked like this:

Subject:  Roaming Alert: Someone on your account is roaming


Looks like ***-***-XXXX is roaming on a France network. Just so you know! If Easy Roam is active for them, they'll be charged $12/day for the days that they use their monthly plan's minutes, data or texts. The rates without Easy Roam are $1.50/min, $5/MB and $0.60/outgoing text (max. 160 characters each). All incoming texts are free.


Now, I was a bit concerned about this, since I was 99.9% sure I hadn't done anything that should have caused EasyRoam to charge me.  I had a billing cycle end about 3/4 into my trip, and I've gone over my usage history and bill that was generated for the cycle that covered that first 3/4 of my trip and I don't see any $12 or any other unexpected charges.  My current billing cycle is still ongoing but I will definitely check when I get billed for it to make sure the remainder of my trip did not trigger any EasyRoam charges either.

From this I would conclude that you *should* be okay if you set your SIM card to NOT use data while roaming, do NOT answer any incoming calls, do NOT make any outgoing calls, and do NOT respond to or send any text messages, and do NOT try to use any mobile data.  Wi-Fi of course is fine.  But if you do all that, you *should* be okay to have your SIM on from time to time, and should be able to ignore any roaming alert emails Koodo sends you.

Of course, this is only my experience and I can't say 100% sure if it will work the same for you.  Your mileage *could* potentially vary.
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Samsung generic settings to turn data roaming off:


For 7 weeks, you might be better off with a local SIM, although that will put your current phone number on ice for the time you are using it. The Movistar tourist SIM might mesh nicely with your use of WhatsApp