Rogers/Fido Revise US & International Text Message Packages

This week, Rogers and Fido have revised their US and International Text Messaging Travel packs. These packages are targeted toward travelers that may send a lot of text messages while using their iPhone outside of Canada and want to avoid paying excessive per message roaming fees.

These add-ons, like Caller Display and Voicemail, can be added to any iPhone plan.

However, the revision is rather odd considering typical Rogers/Fido behavior. While the prices were increased in the new packs, the amount of given text messages were also increased.

However the biggest change was there is now a separate designation for US Text Messaging packs and International Text Messaging packs.

So in a way, this is a positive change with increased messages, but now you pay two different fees for traveling text messages, where previously one fee covered both US and International.

Below is the previous package:

Below are the new packages:

  • For US text messages, previously for $10, customers could send 20 text messages with unlimited received. Now for $12.50, customers can send 25 text messages with unlimited received. A difference of $2.50 and 5 text messages.
  • For US text messages, previously for $20, customers could send 50 text messages with unlimited received. Now for $25, customers can send 100 text messages with unlimited received. A difference of $5.00 and 50 text messages.
  • For US text messages, previously for $35, customers could send 100 text messages with unlimited received. Now for $50, customers can send 500 text messages with unlimited received. A difference of $15.00 and 400 text messages.

So what do you think? Is there any value here?

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  • Xaroc

    dude… for those prices i would just call and Talk for 2 minutes. get a lot more said for about the same cost.

    i still think Canada and US should be part of local Texting. my buddy lives 25 minutes away from me, happens to be across the boarder, cant text each other lol. have to shoot emails.
    Over seas i can understand.

    just my opinion ^_~

  • Sparky

    I pay $15 for 500 internation texts… Including USA with Rogers.

  • wpg

    While this is an improvement, in my opinion, “long distance” doesn't exist anymore, be it text messaging, voice calling or otherwise. Phone companies continue to charge extra for it simply because they can, and because consumers have no alternative. I'm willing to bet there is a negligible cost difference to Rogers wether or not the text is from Canada to Canada or Canada to US or vice versa. In any case, its certainly not enough to justify the huge premiums they charge for it now.

  • wpg

    While this is an improvement, in my opinion, “long distance” doesn't exist anymore, be it text messaging, voice calling or otherwise. Phone companies continue to charge extra for it simply because they can, and because consumers have no alternative. I'm willing to bet there is a negligible cost difference to Rogers wether or not the text is from Canada to Canada or Canada to US or vice versa. In any case, its certainly not enough to justify the huge premiums they charge for it now.