Will Koodo wave roaming chargers to canadians visiting the U.S.A.?

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I am a teacher taking a large number of students to New York City and would like to have my phone for emergencies but do not want to suffer the roaming charges.
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Just having your phone on won't incur roaming charges. Feel free to keep it on. You can use Wifi where available if you want. 
Koodo recently lowered their roaming rates so even if you did answer your phone or make a call, it won't be obnoxiously expensive.

You'll get charged if you turn on Data Roaming,  make / answer a call,  or send a text  message. Incoming Text messages are free. 

You can let the phone ring and see who's calling and call them back from another line later.


You can pick one of the 3,10, or 30 day roaming packs and be able to use your phone a bit more while you're there. Here's a link to the packages: https://shop.koodomobile.com/plans/add-ons/index.html
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What roaming rates did Koodo drop? Voice shows at $1.50/minute, isn't that what it was before. Data does show at $5/20MB, and Google seems to indicate it was $5/MB (!) before?

An interesting option (although I've never used) is getting a SIM from Roam Mobility. They have a one-time $20 charge for the SIM, and then some fairly cheap service options. $3/day gives you unlimited talk/text, so for $9 you get what Koodo wants $20 for. Koodo becomes competitive only if you need close to the 10 or 30 day coverage.

If you need data, for $4/day total Roam adds on 400MB of daily data (which is pooled with all the days you buy can can be used as you like), and once that runs out has unlimited 2G (very slow) data, which would be good enough for email. If you need more than the small chunks of data Koodo's packs provide, something like Roam would be very interesting.

It should be possible to forward your Koodo number to the Roam SIM. You'd need the $3/morth forwarder and the $3/month LD saver, and pay 5 cents/minute and use anytime minutes on the forwarded calls, but it would let people get you without knowing your temporary US #. And you could also call people back to limit the LD charges.

I was recently in the UK, and while there got a local prepaid SIM (from Three) and got 300 minutes and unlimited data, good for 30 days, for £15 (around $30). Paid for itself immediately - I'd drive around each day, and browse to Expedia to find a good deal on a place to stay wherever I happened to wind up at supper time. Wouldn't want to do that on Koodo roaming charges... :)

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