Rogers Launches New International Data Roaming Passes

Rogers has announced today the launch of new one month international data roaming passes for various regions including Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. To purchase and subscribe one of these passes via your iPhone or other smartphone, users need to text “travel” to 7626 or visit www.rogers.com/m/roam on their device’s browser.

Below is a chart supplied to us of the following prices and data amounts included:

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As you can see, these prices are not cheap. 1GB of data in Europe will cost almost $800, in Asia, Carribbean, Latin America & Oceania it will be $2,250 for 1GB, and in Africa for 1GB it’ll cost $3,250.

Rogers says these new packages will text real-time alerts to your phone to monitor data usage. The data roaming plans will cease when the pass expires by time or usage to prevent excessive overages. Once limits are reached, customers will have the option to purchase another pass or switch to pay-per-use.

Just a couple weeks ago Rogers launched their new $7.99 per day U.S. roaming rate with 50MB of data.

This is a good start—but for seasoned travellers, your best bet for roaming overseas is to use an unlocked iPhone and subscribe to the voice and data plans of a local carrier, as a much more cost-effective solution. Anyone going to jump on these new data roaming passes?

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  • Ed

    Those rates seem incredibly reasonable and not at all like a massive bend over so we can destroy you rip off…

  • Yikes. I suppose it’s a small step in the right direction, but they have a lot more steps to go before I’ll be using any of these plans. 🙁

  • crosseyed_mofo

    reasons why an unlocked phone kicks ass

  • JacoTaco

    Awesome! I’ll just buy 6 gb for my trip to Asia and Australia today. And sell my kidney tomorrow.

  • LOL

  • Buzz Bishop

    Not good enough. I unlocked for $50 and will buy a local pay as you go SIM in Scotland this week from giffgaff. $15 once there will get me a 1 gig.

    Try again, Rogers.

  • $15 sounds better than $800

  • lsfd

    no one is stopping you losers from choosing alternatives. These are just offers incase you choose to be lazy enough and not take those alternatives.

  • Canladdie

    Just back from England with an unlocked Rogers iPhone 5. I bought a Vodafone pay-as-you-go SIM card over there for 30 pounds. Terrible cell signal virtually no matter where I was in the countryside … But better than paying Rogers even more to rip me off!

  • bbbwww

    These prices are outrageous. I will never buy another locked phone as long as I live. As I see it a brand new unlocked iphone for $800 is the way to go if you can afford to shell out the cash.

  • Matt Perreault

    Was in London last week with my unlocked iPhone 5. Bought an Nano-Sim from EE (Tmobile) £15 I got 100 minutes, unlimitted text messages and 1 Gig of Data…

  • einsteinbqat

    That’s why you need an unlocked phone. USA or Europe, it’s SO much cheaper! Happy that my phone is.

  • Matthew Montano

    Once again: Rogers not only charges premium rates, they make it so damn confusing to choose the ‘right’ one. You are always left wondering, did I get hosed? What happened to straight $X for Y MB and then a X/Y per MB after that?

  • whatever

    there is no doubt rogers knows how to dodge through the regulations that’s why they are among the biggest corporate thief’s of canada .This is just another trap/disguise/rip off whatever you call it buying pay as you go service is dirt cheap . None of the carriers have any intention to provide quality flexible service but to burn a hole in your wallet