Telus To Reduce Roaming Rates By Up To 60%

For those using Telus service for your wireless needs, you will be happy to know that as of June 27 Telus is reducing their international roaming rates by up to 60%!

The upcoming changes are as follows:

Western Europe, Mexico, Oceania

  • Voice roaming – $1.50/minute (25-50% savings)
  • Data roaming – $10/MB (60% savings)

Middle East, Caribbean, Latin America, China, India and Africa

  • Voice Roaming – $2.50/minute (17-38% savings)
  • Data Roaming – $10/MB (60% savings)

Let’s see if Bell, Rogers, and Fido follow.

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  • Hello

    Still too high. $10 for a MB? That’s absurd

  • Hello

    Still too high. $10 for a MB? That’s absurd

  • Hello

    Still too high. $10 for a MB? That’s absurd

  • Hello

    Still too high. $10 for a MB? That’s absurd

  • DS

    Still insane

  • DS

    Still insane

  • DS

    Still insane

  • DS

    Still insane

  • Gozer the Traveller

    Unlock your phone. Buy a local SIM. 

  • jailbrokeunlockediphonelover

    What a joke. We are going to charge 1,000 times the price you pay if you just buy a local SIM card and then give you 60% off. I guess they think we are idiots!

  • jailbrokeunlockediphonelover

    What a joke. We are going to charge 1,000 times the price you pay if you just buy a local SIM card and then give you 60% off. I guess they think we are idiots!

  • Jbohn

    Telus: taking something crappy and making it slightly less crappy.

  • Cjlee9

    I noticed they did nothing for the rates if you travel to the USA…

  • Hi there.

    I’d like to add my little bit of comment here. Gary, you’re asking if Rogers will follow suit. The thing is, we are and still will be less expensive than Telus.
    What Telus is doing is taking away choice from customers by yes, reducing international roaming rates by 60% but also expiring their Passport offer. So everybody will be paying the same rates. But for frequent travelers, the result will be an increase in charges. For instance, Telus is advertising a new pricing of $10/MB for data roaming. Our customers on a travel pack pay between $3/MB to $5/MB.
    We’re continually trying to improve our customers’ experience when they travel and have introduced new plans and options over the last year or so: the One Rate Roaming Plan that virtually erases the border between Canada and the US, possibility of signing-up for travel packs online, on your device, SMS alert when you enter a roaming zone, etc…
    We believe it’s critical to make roaming affordable and we’re continually looking for ways to deliver this for our customers as we aggressively negotiate directly with roaming partners around the world.

  • Hi there.

    I’d like to add my little bit of comment here. Gary, you’re asking if Rogers will follow suit. The thing is, we are and still will be less expensive than Telus.
    What Telus is doing is taking away choice from customers by yes, reducing international roaming rates by 60% but also expiring their Passport offer. So everybody will be paying the same rates. But for frequent travelers, the result will be an increase in charges. For instance, Telus is advertising a new pricing of $10/MB for data roaming. Our customers on a travel pack pay between $3/MB to $5/MB.
    We’re continually trying to improve our customers’ experience when they travel and have introduced new plans and options over the last year or so: the One Rate Roaming Plan that virtually erases the border between Canada and the US, possibility of signing-up for travel packs online, on your device, SMS alert when you enter a roaming zone, etc…
    We believe it’s critical to make roaming affordable and we’re continually looking for ways to deliver this for our customers as we aggressively negotiate directly with roaming partners around the world.

  • Hi there.

    I’d like to add my little bit of comment here. Gary, you’re asking if Rogers will follow suit. The thing is, we are and still will be less expensive than Telus.
    What Telus is doing is taking away choice from customers by yes, reducing international roaming rates by 60% but also expiring their Passport offer. So everybody will be paying the same rates. But for frequent travelers, the result will be an increase in charges. For instance, Telus is advertising a new pricing of $10/MB for data roaming. Our customers on a travel pack pay between $3/MB to $5/MB.
    We’re continually trying to improve our customers’ experience when they travel and have introduced new plans and options over the last year or so: the One Rate Roaming Plan that virtually erases the border between Canada and the US, possibility of signing-up for travel packs online, on your device, SMS alert when you enter a roaming zone, etc…
    We believe it’s critical to make roaming affordable and we’re continually looking for ways to deliver this for our customers as we aggressively negotiate directly with roaming partners around the world.

  • iPhoneUser

    As everyone points out, this is still insanely expensive!!   That is $10,000 per GByte, and it is quite easy to use a GB per month with your iPhone.   The Rogers approach of asking you to sign up for data packs is even worse, as now you must research and go through an extra step to get an almost equally insane rate.

    Its criminal that someone can sign up for a $60/month plan, and the phone company can try to make them liable for bills of thousands of dollars that are not clearly authorized.   The Canadian government should have stepped in long ago to provide a cap on liability that is clearly stated in the contract.   If anyone ever gets a wild bill, be sure to contest it and take it to court if necessary (you can be sure the phone company will cave first, as they do not want anything like this tested in front of an actual judge).

    For anyone who travels, under no circumstances should you ever turn on data roaming at rates like these.   Instead, most people can get by with WiFi and research local wifi hotspots.   The other option is to get an unlocked phone, and buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card, which will typically give you 500 MB of data for around $10, which is 500 times cheaper than these new reduced rates!!

  • iPhoneUser

    As everyone points out, this is still insanely expensive!!   That is $10,000 per GByte, and it is quite easy to use a GB per month with your iPhone.   The Rogers approach of asking you to sign up for data packs is even worse, as now you must research and go through an extra step to get an almost equally insane rate.

    Its criminal that someone can sign up for a $60/month plan, and the phone company can try to make them liable for bills of thousands of dollars that are not clearly authorized.   The Canadian government should have stepped in long ago to provide a cap on liability that is clearly stated in the contract.   If anyone ever gets a wild bill, be sure to contest it and take it to court if necessary (you can be sure the phone company will cave first, as they do not want anything like this tested in front of an actual judge).

    For anyone who travels, under no circumstances should you ever turn on data roaming at rates like these.   Instead, most people can get by with WiFi and research local wifi hotspots.   The other option is to get an unlocked phone, and buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM card, which will typically give you 500 MB of data for around $10, which is 500 times cheaper than these new reduced rates!!

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