Rogers Announces New Data Roaming Plans…. But Do They Save You Money?

I got an e-mail from “my best friends at Rogers” today with some news:

Rogers announced some new One Rate Roaming Plans I thought you and your readers might be interested in.

For an extra $10 more per month than most Rogers regular domestic data plan rates, customers can now sign up for One Rate plans which allow them to use data (ie: e-mail, using applications or surfing the Web) in the U.S. as they would at home, and have it deducted from the same data bucket.

The full press release is here, but I’ve included some key points for you below.

Here are the available One Rate plans*:

o       $20 Personal Email on BB CDN/US
o       $35 Consumer/Small business BB (BIS) 500MB CDN/US Plan
o       $35 Consumer/Small business 500MB CDN & US Data Plan
o       $40 Consumer/Small business BB (BIS) 1GB CDN & US Plan
o       $40 Consumer/Small business 1GB CDN & US Data Plan
o       $45 500MB CDN & US Mobile Internet Flex Rate Plan
o       $50 DAP (for MSD customers) 1.5GB CDN & US Data Plan
o       $55 Corporate BB (BES) 1GB CDN & US Plan
o       $55 Corporate BB (BES) 500 MB CDN & US Flex Rate Plan

*Prices listed do not include the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee. See rogers.com/regulatory fee for more information.

In addition to data plans, Rogers is offering One Rate value packs. For $50 (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee), BlackBerry, iPhone and other smartphone customers can get 500 MB of data, unlimited SMS in Canada, enhanced voicemail and other features.

Rogers also offers a variety of voice, data and SMS roaming solutions for less frequent travelers. Check out www.rogers.com/roaming for more information on US and international roaming.

For more details, customers should contact Care to determine the best roaming options for them.

That seems great, except that it didn’t take long for somebody to raise some doubt about how much money they would save. Digital Home has posted an article on this topic and here’s what they had to say:

The new plans are available across a wide range of plan sizes and generally cost about $10 more per month than their Canada-only equivalents and carry an additional data charge that is more than eight times higher than a Canada only plan.

For example a Rogers 500 MB Blackberry or Smartphone Canada only data plan is currently $25 per month plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee with an additional data charge of 3 cents per megabyte if the 500MB cap is exceeded. The equivalent Canada and U.S. 500MB plan is $35 a month plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee with an additional data charge of 3 cents per megabyte.

Although the plans give Rogers Wireless customers greater certainty over costs when visiting the U.S., they are much more costly for customers when they are in Canada.

While in Canada, customers will pay $10 more per month ($120 per year) for the privilege of the North American One Rate plan plus an additional data fee of 25 cents per megabyte versus just three cents a megabyte on the Canadian plan.

Okay. That doesn’t sound good. But if you travel to the US often, these new plans might be just the ticket as you might save some money. Like “my best friends at Rogers” suggests, you should determine the best roaming option for you.

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