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If you’re like many Canadians, you’ll be planning a sunny (or snowy!) getaway. And whether your trip is for the purpose of lounging on a Jamaican beach, reuniting with family in the U.S., or gazing at the ocean aboard a Caribbean cruise, one thing’s for sure: you don’t want to have to leave your smartphone behind, or stress out about excessive charges to use it.

And there’s no reason to. Rogers has a handful of new Roaming Data Passes that make using your phone’s wireless internet worry-free and affordable, no matter where you’re off to, and no matter whether the trip is short or long. Here’s what you need to know.

Travelling to the U.S.?*

  • “Yes! But just for a day.” No problem. For a one-time fee of just $10, you get 10 MB of wireless internet (data). Need a bit more? For $20, you get 40 MB. This day pass lasts 24 hours from the time of activation.
  • “Yes! For a week or two.” There are three Passes that would work for you, with each lasting up to 31 days. You can pay $30 for 20 MB; $50 for 100 MB; or, if you think you’ll be using your device quite a bit, opt the $100 Pass, which gives you 500 MB. This last option brings your effective bucket rate to just 20 cents per MB.

Travelling internationally?*

Imagine posting a Facebook status update on your smartphone from your relative’s house in Albania. Or tweeting a picture of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Using your device’s wireless internet from international locations can be done worry-free with one of the new Roaming Data Passes from Rogers. Here’s the rundown:

  • Day Passes: If you only need to get online for a day, or will only be gone a day, select one of two international day passes. A one-time fee of $25 gets you 5 MB, while $40 gets you 10 MB to use for a 24 hours from the time of activation.
  • Month Pass: Going away a little longer? Pay $50 for 10 MB; $100 for 25 MB; or $225 for 75 MB. Your wireless internet lasts up to 31-days from day of activation.

*Check for a complete list of applicable locations

Going on a cruise?

All aboard! While cruising is an amazing way to get away from the outside world, most of us still want a way to stay connected to home. Rogers new Premium Data Passes apply to cruise ships, as well as the Bahamas, Belize and Cuba. Here are your options:

  • Day Pass: For a one-time fee of $30, receive 2 MB of wireless internet (data) that you can use over a 24-hour period from the time of activation.
  • Month Pass: For a one-time fee of $75, receive 5 MB of wireless internet (data) that lasts over a 31-day period from the day of activation.

How to buy:

Before you go: To pre-purchase roaming data passes, text “TRAVEL” to 7626 and click on the link in the text message (link is free). Or visit on your mobile device. The pass will become active upon using data in the region for which the pass was purchased. But don’t purchase too far in advance, because the pass will expire after 30 days if it hasn’t been activated.

While you’re away: Click the link that you receive when you first turn on your device while roaming (link is free). Follow the prompts to select the Pass that’s best for you.

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7 thoughts on “Surf On Your Smartphone While Travelling – Without Worry

saanj, on said:

Just wondering what will be the Roaming charges for Fiji Islands for 2 weeks??


Rick B, on said:

Anybody who thinks that this is a good deal has more money then brains. I travel frequently to the Philippines and I know of better ways to "Stay Connected" far less expensive then this. This offer is more "Stay Away".


Burner, on said:

Your US and International data plans are far from competitive or fair. Why are Canadians being taking advantage of? Because we don’t take the time to research and find out how badly we are being ripped off by all Canadian service providers. And we don’t take the time to complain. Unlock your phones and by your plans and sim cards in the country you are visiting.


Jacqueline, on said:

As a long-time Rogers customer (and an avid international traveler), this ‘article’ really irked me.

Do you honestly call these rates "affordable"? Please. For anyone that is going to be traveling somewhere for more than 24-hours, these rates are anything BUT affordable. In fact, Canada has some of the most expensive cell phone plans both locally and while roaming.

I was on contract in the US for a month and purchased the $50/100 MB plan, not because I thought I was scoring myself a great deal, but rather because I didn’t have sufficient time to do my due diligence, and because my company was incurring the charges. The 100 MB (in comparison to my usual 1 GB) was used up in no time at all, and I was being *extremely* conservative with my usage (constantly turning my data off when not in use).

I’m sorry to say that Rogers’ $225/75 MB is an absolute joke.

I was traveling in Africa for six weeks last year to four different countries. I took my phone with me, and purchased my SIM card/airtime/data plan locally. Sure, it took a bit of research and time, but for the money I saved and the product I received, it was well worth it.

Please, Rogers, though I understand that you are a business and this is social media marketing at its best, do not dupe your customers into believing fallacies.

Easy and stress-free? I’m not arguing this – it’s probably a no-brainer that it’s both these things. But AFFORDABLE? No way!

My advice, Rogers customers, is that it pays (literally) to do your research before you travel abroad as to the best phone and data options for you. Ensure that your phone is able to take an international SIM card.

If you’re traveling for pleasure (aka: your company is not paying the exorbitant price tag), then you will want to be assured that you are getting the most bang for your buck, and a reasonable amount of data. If you are frequently using browser/social media/e-mail on your phone, will be away for a while, and want to cut costs but not corners, I recommend no less than 500 MB of data. You don’t even have to sell your first- born child to afford it, either.

Plan ahead accordingly and you won’t be muttering curse words under your breath after you’ve just dropped a couple of benjamins on a data plan that is used up in no time at all.

Now go forth, travel safe, and don’t forget to send those regular Facebook and Twitter updates (via your phone!) to your loved ones back home…


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