Koodo's International rates are Criminal

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Koodo's International rates are borderline criminal.  I've been a customer for 9 years and this is the first time I have needed to have an international plan. $1.50 per minute, $0.60 per text, and $5.00(!!!) per MB is literally insane.  So instead, I ponied up the $40.00 for 50 minutes, 50 texts, and 50 MB.  I'm sure I will use up the MB in two emails.  Oh well.  I can tell you i'm switching to Rogers or Bell once I get back to Canada.  They've lost me as a customer for ever because of these absurd rates.
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Jonathan I, Mobile Master

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I think you'll find the Rogers or Bell options fairly similar or the base plan will be more expensive.

A better option is to unlock your phone (if it isn't already) and use a local provider's SIM. It'll be much more cost effective.
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Each character in an email takes up roughly one byte of data. Subtracting a couple of kilobytes for the header information, this leaves roughly 49998000 characters of text available to use. For the sake of comparison, that is roughly the same number of characters in one hundred 250 page novels. While 50 MB is not a great deal of data, I sincerely doubt that you are wordy enough to use it up in two emails.
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Sorry to see that you find Koodo's rates so high! The usual recommended thing to do if you absolutely need your phone is to get your phone unlocked and a US prepaid account to use while they travel! However, upon your dissatisfaction in Koodo's rates, I have included the roaming rates of the other providers you listed to help you choose where to go.

Bell:
Voice: 1.45$ per minute (0.05 Less than Koodo)
 Text: 0.75$ per text (0.15 More than Koodo)
 Data: 6.00$ per MB (1.00 More than Koodo)

Rogers:
Voice: 1.45$ per minute (0.05 Less than Koodo)
Text: 0.75$  per text (0.15 More than Koodo)
Data: 7.99$ per day max of 50mb (This one depends on usage)

To make this list complete, I'll even throw in their flankers:

Virgin:
Voice: 1.45$ per minute (0.05 Less than Koodo)
Text: 0.75$ per text (0.15 More than Koodo)
Data: Must buy a package. (This depends on usage)

Fido:
Voice: 1.45$ per minute (0.05 Less than Koodo)
Text: 0.75$ per text (0.15 More than Koodo)
Data: 7.99$ per day max of 50mb. (This depends on usage)


Now, let's do an example of what you will pay, for using the following at each carrier on pay-per-use:
10 minute call. 15 Text Messages. 6MB of data over a 5 day vacation

Koodo's cost:  54$ (15$ for Voice, 9$ for Texts, 30$ for Data)

Bell's cost: 61.75$ (14.50$ for Voice, 11.25$ for Texts, 36$ for Data)
Rogers' cost: 65.70$ (14.50$ for Voice, 11.25$ for Texts, 39.95$ for Data)
Virgin's cost: 25.75$ (14.50$ for Voice, 11.25$ for Texts, Your data would have been blocked)
Fido: 65.70$ (14.50$ for Voice, 11.25$ for Texts, 39.95$ for Data)


So I don't understand why your saying Koodo is robbing you and criminal and all that jazz, but now that you know the rates everyone else has, at least you can make an informed decision! 

Let me know who you chose! 
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Rogers Roam like Home - use your current plan minutes and data while travelling out of the country for and additional $5 / day to a max of $50 per month. Cost $25.

Of course you have to be on a regular Rogers plan, but that would be assumed in the calculations above, anyway.  Thus Koodo may be more expensive while travelling, but cheaper overall, when you factor in the rest of the year.
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You have to buy in terms of your usage patterns. The roaming plans from all Canadian carriers assume only occasional use. A large part of their costs has to be what they have to pay the US carriers for use of their networks.

If you need something more whole hog while you are in the US, you can get a Tracfone LG 4.5" smartphone + 1200 minutes (includes Canadian long distance) + 1200 texts + 1.2 gig of data for $120 US that is good for one whole year, including the hardware, which brings your usage cost per minute/text/MB down to a few pennies each.

But obviously does not suit someone going away for one week every few years.
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