Rogers Roam Like Home Hits Nearly 2M Users, 40 More Countries Added

Rogers has announced this morning its Roam Like Home service has expanded to 40 more countries in the Caribbean, Mexico and South and Central America, bringing the total number of countries eligible for the roaming service to 75. In April, Roam Like Home expanded to 35 countries in Europe.

Roam Like Home costs $10 per day and allows customers to use their data and unlimited talk and text from their Share Everything plan while abroad. The company says this latest move is “turning up the heat on the wireless industry once again.”

The service charges customers $10 per day up to a maximum of 10 days within your monthly bill cycle, or a maximum of $100; for traveling to the U.S., it’s $5 per day for a max of $50 on your bill. Based on this billing format, it is important to note your bill cycle before you leave.

Raj Doshi, Executive Vice-President, Wireless Services, Rogers Communications, said nearly 2 million customers have already enrolled in the service in less than a year, “using more data when roaming than they did before.” He also noted how “Our customers are really embracing Roam Like Home – it’s one of the top reasons for choosing a Share Everything plan.”

Yesterday, Rogers CEO Guy Laurence detailed how “monetization of data” pays the bills at Rogers, at a time when voice and texting are virtually free for smartphone customers. This is one of the reasons why the company offers Spotify, shomi or Next Issue as a perk when signing up on a Share Everything+ plan.

For those with unlocked iPhones or smartphones, it can be cheaper to buy a local SIM card when traveling, but services like Roam Like Home look to make it convenient to roam while using your existing plan details, but at a price.

Below is a full list of countries eligible for Roam Like Home at $10 per day:

Albania, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City, Wales
Excludes: Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guernsey, Jersey, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, St. Pierre and Miquelon

Caribbean & Mexico:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Cayman Island, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos

South America:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Galapagos Islands, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
Falkland Islands

Central America:
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

Have you tried Rogers Roam Like Home? What did you think of it?

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  • farsyte

    This isn’t bad. $10 a day is cheap taking into consideration some of the other short term options. If you’re going to be anywhere over 7 days though it really adds up.

  • It’s Me

    It’s definitely not cheap, though it may be reasonable for those that find using local SIMs too complicated.

    I travel a fair bit, so I tend to compare these things. In Costa Rica in May cost me around $7 for 2GB of data for a week. In Jamaica and Mexico the year before it was about $20 for 2GB and the year before that it was around $15 for 1 or 2 GB in Budapest and about the same in Mexico as the next year. These would have each cost me ~$80 + tax with Roam like home and would have depleted my data for when I returned home.

    Getting a local SIM isn’t for everyone. It means having to track down somewhere to get the SIM (usually pretty easy) and figuring out how to get your calls and texts from home (I forward both so I get both while travelling). So, one has to weigh if it’s worth saving $70-$80 to avoid these hoops. The other consideration is that if you use Roam like Home, then when you arrive home, you may find you’ve used up a lot of your allotments while you were away and don’t have much to use for the rest of the month at home, and you paid an extra $100 to get into that position.

    Roam like home is a great idea, just not sure that Rogers hasn’t still made it a little too expensive. If it was capped at $50 it would be a lot harder to say no to. It’s certainly not as cut and dry as it was before (i.e. $20K roaming bills as an option) but it’s not a slam dunk either.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    its capped at $50 in the US

    $100 not so bad

    this is interesting for the bahamas, where (at least when i was there 2 years ago) local sims just arent sold

  • It’s Me

    No bad for the US, since their prepaid rates aren’t super cheap (though cheaper than here), but you could probably save a little with a goPhone SIM and not use up your Canadian bucket.

    I didn’t realize you couldn’t buy SIMs in the bahamas. I looked on TripAdvisor and there are discussions from last year that it was pretty trivial to get them. Maybe that’s new.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    just checked, i think when i went they were still cdma

    thats changed now, the more you know

  • BigCat

    So, is Rogers mostly gaining from having people switch to a “Share Everything Plan”?

    Or, is this “Roam Like Home” making them extra revenue?

    Why not extend the “Roam Like Home” to all customers & plans. Or conversely if you are in a “Share Everything Plan” and never use the the “Roam Like Home” are you actually funding this feature?

  • bionicmonk

    I bought a Three UK nano sim for 8$ off eBay. It gives me 3p calls, 2p texts and 1p/meg data in 18 countries (France, Italy, Denmark, UK, US, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, Hong Kong and a bunch of other countries). That’s 2$ per 100 megs. Rogers is an absolute joke.

  • einsteinbqat

    How can this be any cheaper than having an unlocked phone, and using a local SIM? I spent 2 weeks in Germany, and I got 5GB for 35€. With the SIM card and all, I paid 50€ for 5,4GB (there was a voucher for free MB).

    10$ per day for a maximum of ten days… Crazy… unless perhaps if you travel for business, and don’t stay more that 2-3?days out of Canada…

  • Z S

    $10/day? Jesus, you can get a Roam package for the US/Mexico that’s $4/day for unlimited talk/text + 300MB of data (per day!). Surely similar plans exist for other countries.

    This is probably convinient and easy to setup for Rogers customers, but holy balls, not inexpensive at all!

  • MathieuM

    Hi bionicmonk,
    Any chance you could share more details on how you went about this? What did you search for on eBay to find an appropriate SIM? Which carrier did you go with and how did you create an account? (I only have a Canadian billing address).
    I’m heading to France and Spain (3 weeks total) with an unlocked phone and I’m trying to figure out the best way to get access to data.
    Thanks for your advice!

  • bionicmonk

    Hey Mathieu,

    If you go on Ebay and search for “three UK nano sim”, you will see the listing pop up. The seller is really communicative. He will ship you the sim, and email you the account information for you to login and manage it. You can buy vouchers from different websites to top up the sim so you don’t need a British billing address. For 20 pounds you can have unlimited internet for a month if you buy that add-on (its not a contract, its a one month thing). Or you can go a-la-carte at 1p per meg, which is good too.

  • MathieuM

    Hi bionicmonk,

    Thank you very much for the information, I found the seller on eBay and will place my order.

    Thanks for the testimonial and instructions, it’s always great when people take the time to post their LPT to share with others!

  • bionicmonk

    My pleasure, have a wonderful time in France.

  • Bill___A

    It is a pretty good deal for me. I find it very convenient that I don’t have to change things around If I want a lot of data, I put a travel sim in my mobile hotspot. I’d like to see it added to more countries.