U.S. Roaming Add-Ons Gone?

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As of the last few days, the old U.S. roaming add-ons are gone from the website (e.g. text 10ALL to 4545). Are they gone for good? Or can I still use them? The new Easy Roam U.S. seems like it's likely to cost me more money on my trip.
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Allan, Mobile Master

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The old add-ons are gone. All that is available from Koodo now is EasyRoam and the pay per use rates.
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Can I purchase a 3 month roaming mobility pkg for just unlimited text and talk ..no data...as I did before on the roaming pkg ($45/30days) ??
And can I keep my Canadian no ??
Thank you...
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Yes you can. I just did yesterday. Call them.
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Of course you can call Roam Mobility...or do you mean via Koodo?

You definitely keep your Canadian number if you want to.
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I was talking about Koodo. Talk and Text $45 cdn, for 30 days. Keep your Canadian number. Call them! 
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Joanna asked.

Also you don't have to leave Koodo to use Fongo or any other VoIP service that gives you a Canadian number. I do it regularly.
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I thought the EaseRoam would save you more than the previous addon. $7/1day vs $40/4days and you could use your minutes and data from your plan as you were in Canada.
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Goran Mobile master, since you think I will spend less, do I send you the bill for anyting over $45??? I need to keep my canadian number and what is Local if I change areas frequently?
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No need to be rude, Danielle person.

Did you come here just to vent or for assistance?
You can easily get a nationwide prepaid plan in the US so you don't worry about local calling areas. And it's an extremely rare case where you need to keep your exact number for use in the states and cannot get by with a temporary different number for people who need to call you from Canada or for you to call Canada. Or you can opt for Roam Mobility as they have daily rates and monthly plans. For example, 40 bucks gets you unlimited talk to us and CAN numbers, global texting, and 1gb data for 30 days. And use Fongo via data for the odd time you need to receive a call from someone in Canada. T-Mobile now offers a tourist sim with 1000 minutes, unlimited text, and 2gb data for a 3 week period for 30usd. There's so many options for much less that will meet your requirements.
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Not rude, frustrated.  I am going from texting a few digits  on my phone (so easy) to searching/finding / comparing /applying for a new plan that will meet all the my needs.  Gone the ease.  Thanks.
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@Goran:  Excellent information.  I was going to go with a T-Mobile tourist SIM ($30US for 21 days), but did not realize that Roam now has a monthly plan for $40CAD that will suit me perfectly.  

@Bernard:  Your point is well taken that the previous top ups were very limited, but who wants to be in the middle of a call worrying about whether it's covered (easy-roam on), or $1.50 per minute (easy-roam off).  The previous plan worked well for me (and apparently others), and to be blunt:  "it's all about me".

I recently got back from a week in Belgium with NO roaming plan.  Left the phone in airplane mode with WiFi on and used Hangouts when I wanted to call home.  Without mobile net I actually had to talk to people to ask directions, which was part of the fun.
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Most are not as well versed with their mobile know-how as you are Ed. :-) Glad you went analog for directions. :-) Much more human. 
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@Ed, Jason, Easy Roam can be turned on and off any time you wish. As some folks suggested if you are barely going to use your phone just go the pay-per-use route. Now, both of you are on plans with a healthy amount of data. Roaming data is what people were asking for as the add-ons previously had limited amount included. Neither of you have gotten even close to use all the data in your monthly bucket. You can now go to the states, and on the days when you want it, you can dip into your unused data portion. You can make calls, message, use the internet with practically no worry that you end up with a large bill upon your return. 
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I spend a significant amount of time in the U.S. This new plan does not work for me at all. I need to keep my Canadian number while I am there. If I use my unlocked phone and a US sim all my family and friends will incur long distance charges on their cell phones. I spend most of the winter down south. $7 dollars a day is ridiculous! I would be spending over $200 a month plus the cost of my plan. I have been a loyal client for years but unfortunately will now be switching to a different provider. I am sure you will be loosing many clients as soon as the Canadian snowbirds start heading south!
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The other providers which have Easy Roam equivalents are basically the same, with the exception of Rogers/Fido, which is $5 per day. All roaming solutions are capped at $100 per billing cycle though, as per the CRTC rules.
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Virgin Mobile offers $5 per day. They also offer unlimited texting, 100min, voice and 200mb of data while travelling for $40.00 per month. I don't understand why Koodo would be charging $2 more per day as well as discontinuing the other travel options.Looks like I will be switching to Virgin.  
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Fido increased it to $6/day on fido pulse plan, and virgin mobile charged $5 for plans that has unlimited calling in canada with only 100MB data. They are not always rosy but work with their pricing structure.

With the current pricing and Telus addon structure for roaming & pricing, I believe Koodo should allow more add-on options.
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Ah ok. There you go. Only $1 difference.

They are going with the “please the majority” idea.
All the other carriers are coming out with easy roaming systems, and Koodo is trying to stay competitive. There are far more people that wanted this option, than those who didn’t, I’m willing to bet.
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I am not happy with this $7/day-$100/month verses $20/3 day - $45/month. Some option should be offered for at least the 7-30 day period. And a caution to 'once it's activated it stays activated'.
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Hi to All,

No one is talking about Public Mobile. They have competitive roaming add-ons. I would say very competitive comparing to others. If roaming is a big deal for some folks at least they would stay in the same Telus family.
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Indeed, but that would work for US travelers only, and prepaid, no tab.

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@Azure123

I am talking about Users that have already phones (even locked to Koodo) and they want to switch to Virgin or Fido, for example. Without unlocking the phone they can easily transition to Public Mobile. PM is fully prepaid cheaper version of Koodo without ability to talk to Customer Service Representatives. They encourage Folks here on Koodo to do almost everything on self-serve, as well.
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I have to agree with some of the other posters saying that IMO, EasyRoam is a disappointment.  I was hoping to a price competitive with RogersRoamLikeHome ($6/day, capped at $60/month - even that is starting to be borderline too much).  

Between EasyRoam and the previous US Roaming Add-ons, I prefer the add-ons so I hope those can still be used (not on the website but someone said they still were).
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I was able to call Koodo and they have given me the add on for the month. $45 for talk and text US and Canada. You can not add it directly from your phone unfortunately. 

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