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Rogers/Fido Launch US/International Text Message Promotion

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If you plan on traveling this summer and want to save on your wireless bill by using text messaging, Rogers/Fido have just launched a new US/International text message promotion.

When you go traveling outside of Canada, roaming can be expensive and using another carrier network for voice, data, and messages adds up quickly. In recent months, the Canadian wireless carriers have launched new packages called “Travel Packs” that make it less expensive to use your device outside of Canada.

Starting this week, and expiring on October 31, 2010, Rogers/Fido have reduced their US/International text message travel packs by 60%. What used to cost $12.50/month for 25 sent text messages (unlimited received) is now $5/month.

With the previous price, sent text messages cost $0.50/message and with the new price, messages cost $0.20/message. This is a large decrease compared to the typical $0.75+/message sent when traveling outside of Canada.

Promotional US/International Text Message Travel Packs:

  • Cost: $5.00/month (for either the US pack or the International pack)
  • Messages: 25 sent, unlimited received
  • Overage fee: Any messages over 25 sent messages are billed at $0.50/message
  • Notes: The U.S. Text Messaging Travel Pack includes text messaging to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The International Text Messaging Travel Pack does not include text messaging to the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cuba

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  • montymon

    Someday I'll figure out why they have two separate plans, one for int'l and one for U.S. [well, other than a money grab].

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  • I called fido to get some offers, and they changed my current plan ($35 for 350 minutes and unlimited canada SMS) to my a new plan which is for the same price with same minutes and unlimited worldwide SMS.

  • JMCD23

    It's still a rip off. I'll stick to using Skype at 12c/txt

  • Guest

    Guys…. the U.S. Text Messaging Travel Pack includes text messages when travelling to to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and, ofcourse, US. And the International one does not include text messaging when travelling to the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Cuba. The destination number of your SMS should not matter.

  • stu

    when you have a text messaging plan on Telus it automatically includes texts when your in the US, so its cheaper

  • Sv650

    From: http://www.telusmobility.com/en/BC/support_serv

    “A roaming charge of 45¢ per message applies to messages you send from outside Canada, regardless of whether or not you have a Messaging Package on your plan. For pay-per-use text messaging, the total cost of each message sent or received while you are outside of Canada is 60¢ (15¢ per message plus 45¢ roaming charge)”

  • stu

    oh man that must be new. i was in the states in march, texted over a thousand times and didn't get charged anything for roaming

  • kimierin

    I think that they should lower their US text messaging rates permanently. 75 cents per message is excessive to me.

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