Is the easy roam charge over and above my monthly bill. I

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Is the easy roam charge over and above my my monthly plans.  $10 per day could get very expensive.  I am going to be travelling internationally for a month and it could get very expensive.  What ever happened to the International plans that used to be available.
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Hi LAURA,

Keep in mind that easy roam is designed mostly for a convenience. If you have any questions or doubts the link below may help you.   

https://www.koodomobile.com/easyroam
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The old roaming options are now gone.  Koodo has moved to the "Roam like home" system wih Easy Roam
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There is a cap per month, but yes, the roaming charge is on top of regular plan.
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Actually, it is per billing cycle that the cap is applied.
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It could get expensive.  The older plan was better.
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It depends very much on how much you use your phone. If you use it regularly for small numbers of messages, calls and data, then yes. However, if you keep your usage down, it can be less expensive, or if your usage pattern is higher, it fills a gap the old plans did not.

A local SIM is usually cheaper, but is not as convenient.
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I think Easy Roam is much more expensive, especially for US travel.  It seems unfair that those travelling to Europe incur no extra charges during their billing period after only 10 days while those travelling in the US are charged for 14.2 days before additional use is capped.  Given that one receives no  data, no minutes and no texts for this cost -- just access to US telephone networks -- the price seems quite high.

I'm trying to think what travel would benefit from Easy Roam, given that you cannot use it if you want to place your Koodo plan on seasonal hold.  Perhaps a weekend across the border once or twice a year?  Otherwise it's far better to buy a cheap phone/pay as you go plan which can be used for up to a year.  This will cost less than Easy Roam if you make frequent trips to the US.

If, like me, you go for more than a month, Easy Roam is very expensive.  It would add $100 per month to my existing Koodo account ($45 per month)  to get US access to my data, minutes and text allowances.  The previous US roaming add-on was only $75 extra per 30 days.  That's a 33% increase from last year. 

It is much cheaper to buy a local SIM, as David recommends, and put my Koodo plan on seasonal hold. Koodo will get $30 less per month from me this winter.  Seems like a crazy business plan to drive customers away and reduce revenues.....
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Good point about Samsung. I've got a Samsung too . My previous phone was also a Samsung but because I went with Koodo prepaid with U.S.boosters, I didn't have to do a factory reset.

For sure, Easy Roamhas some advantages for infrequent, very short trips. Another advantage is that people can reach you at your usual number and without calling long distance. But it also costs 33% more per month for the US add on than it did last year. So I will go prepaid again either with Koodo or with a Walmart plan (haven't priced them yet).
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It was the answer to people wanting more data. Most every other carrier offers it. Although at least Telus still has separate package's as well. It does end up costing more overall if you don't need more data for sure though.

I still do local Sims when I opt to have cell service in another country. But I'm often in another country for 20-40 hours at a time so who knows I might give it a go.
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Just to be clear, if you do not send a text, talk on the phone, or use any data, you will not be charged.  you will only get charged when you do use it, but then you got 24 hours of access so make use of it while you can, since you are already paying for your regular plan.

It is definitely a better deal for those who travel internationally and thos who have the largest plans in Canada
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with the Easyroam plan, would I get charged for receiving  a text or phone call?
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Receiving a text, no. Receiving a call, yes, if you answer it.
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@Elinor

If you put your plan on Seasonal Hold you will lose your plan. If you have a good plan with Koodo think twice before doing it.
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Thanks, Jan. That's always deterred me in the past but I will be gone for 4 months and would save $120 per year by reducing my monthly cost to $15. Plus any increase in plan costs would affect me for a max of 8 months and I'd probably be able to reduce that if a good promo was offered.

The USA add on I want is the one offered to the prepaid customers - the choice to de-link text, voice and data and pay for which options I want. The only way to do it is to do what I did last year; get a prepaid plan for 4 months in addition to my post paid one . Even with the monthly $15 plan fee, it was the cheapest option to meet my data needs. With the 33% increase per billing period for the US add on , going the prepaid route is the way to go.
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Dont hold your breath. They think easy roam is the solution. Its not as it just benefits them. Roaming is just a rip off altogether and not much we can do about it.  
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You can always look into us prepaid sim cards as well. They're cheaper than easy roam and you get more out of them usage wise.
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I'm going to be out in the US for 8 months, so you said in an answer 4 months ago that I could "get a $45/month unlimited talk and text add-on if you talk to a rep and ask for it as you are going away for an extended period". So I could do this for an 8 month period? Is there also some similar deal to this that I could use for data?
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The three recurring US roaming add-ons available afaik are:
Unlimited text: $20/month
Unlimited talk and text: $45/month
Unlimited talk and text and 750MB: $75/month
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For being gone so long it might be better/cheaper for you to get a plan with a US carrier and put your Koodo account on seasonal hold. The only problem is that seasonal hold can only be done for 6 months.

https://www.koodomobile.com/help/keeping-your-account-open-when-travelling

If you do this make sure to get your phone unlocked so it can be used in the states.

https://www.koodomobile.com/help/unlocking-your-phone
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I went on a 15 day vacation throughout the U.S. last summer, so I tacked on the ~$70 / 30 day package that was offered.

Seeing how the same amount of time would cost me (15 days x $7/day = $105 > capped to $100), that's quite the jump. 
I did use the phone almost every day to connect with other family members, so with 'Easy Roam' that is used now, that could be expensive.  $70 was enough, $100 is just too much to sit idle and not look for alternatives. 

So, the break-even - 10 day trip now costs the same as the old 30 day trip ($70).

I'd be quite likely to drop into the nearest AT&T shop across the border and get myself setup with a local phone number, the next time I take a trip exceeding 1.5 weeks in the U.S. 
Another alternative is just buying a cheap flip phone across the border and setting up an inexpensive 1 month prepaid call/text plan. 

There's always options, just might not be convenient and may take a bit of time out of your day. 
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I prefer to keep my Koodo number so my family at home can call me without long distance charges but that is a good option too.
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You can get a Canadian number for free with Fongo or other similar VoIP App and use data from WiFi or American prepaid sim data to make and receive calls from Canada.

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