On Friday Rogers announced it was set to introduce a new US data roaming add on for $7.99 per day, which includes 50MB of data. Now, according to our sources Fido will also introduce this same offer later this spring, even though it was confirmed the carrier would not receive it.
Coming this spring, customers roaming in the U.S. will be charged $7.99/50 MB for use over a 24-hour period. This will replace the current U.S. internet roaming pay-per-use rate and all data passes (talk and text packs will still be available).
Customers will not need to sign up and will automatically be charged the $7.99/50 MB rate per day while roaming in the U.S upon their first byte of usage. If the customer exceeds 50 MB within the 24-hour period, the rate of $7.99/50 MB will continue until the 24-hour period expires.
As for why Fido is making the changes? The document notes “our customers have told us they want to use their devices while travelling just like they would at home [and] want more cost certainty and affordable pricing when using the internet on their wireless device while travelling.”
Again, 50MB of data per day is what Fido says is nearly twice what average consumers use domestically and should be good for “approximately 50 maps (non-3D), 200 web pages, 1,000 emails, or over 5,000 tweets.”
The $7.99 add-on would be an easy option for those looking to briefly use the internet for the day. Readers have noted more cost effective long term U.S. data roaming options include using unlocked devices with Roam Mobility or pay as you go with T-Mobile.