Roaming in the USA with your Canadian mobile phone can be a hassle. Especially after you receive a bill with hefty roaming charges from your mobile operator. If you are frequent business traveler to the States, you’ve probably already figured your way out by purchasing a US SIM card. But what if you are planning a short getaway to Miami for a week to get the smell of the sea? What are the available options for Canadians to save on roaming while travelling to the States?
We’ve decided to look at roaming packages of the following mobile operators: Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, Mobilicity, Virgin Mobile, Koodo and Fido and see how they compare to each other and what are the best ways to save in general or if you are a customer of each operator. The data was taken on August 2nd, 2012 from respective websites of the operators, as well as we called some operators to clarify details that could not be found on their website. We decided to focus only on voice roaming to be able to make reasonable comparison across different packages and operators, as minute bundling criteria ranges among operators. We also did not took into consideration network coverage, roaming partners or other issues that relate to quality of voice connection and availability, presuming that while roaming travelers usually use the networks of more or less the same roaming partners.