When it comes to using cellular data abroad – especially for long periods of time – “Roam Like Home” packages can sometimes become a “Groan at Home” once the monthly bill arrives.
But a Canadian wireless provider has set out to change that.
Freedom Mobile on Tuesday (Nov. 21) unveiled a new roaming plan, called "Roam Beyond,” which allows users to stay connected in 73 destinations (and counting) with lots of data, for a monthly fee.
While its competitors charge up to $16 a day to use data internationally, sometimes with caps, Freedom's new package comes fully loaded with 60 GB of international mobile data for an introductory price of $65 per month (after a digital discount).
It’s an offer worth taking a closer look at. Depending on your cell phone use, and how long you’re travelling outside of Canada, Freedom’s new service could save you money.
Rogers’ “Roam Like Home” plan, for example, charges $12 per day in the U.S. and $15 per day in more than 185 international destinations.
In comparison, Bell’s “Roam Better” plan charges $13/day in the U.S. and $16/day in more than 200 international destinations.
In addition to Canada, the United States and Mexico, Freedom says its plan covers many popular locations in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, among others.
“This is a game-changing offer in Canada's current mobility landscape,” the company said in a press release.
"Freedom continues with their innovative spirit reinventing international roaming with an offer never before seen in Canada, making it easier for our customers to stay connected when they travel," said Pierre Karl Péladeau, president and CEO of Quebecor, the parent company of Freedom Mobile. "We're shaking up the international roaming market, which our competitors have allowed to stagnate for too long. We continue to disrupt the status quo and go above and beyond our commitments to Canadians."
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