Canadian telecom company Roam Mobility , today launched a service that eliminates voice and data roaming charges for Canadians travelling into the United States. The mobile virtual network operator partnered with T-Mobile USA Inc. to deliver the first US network exclusively for Canadians travelling into the US.
“Canadians are tired of paying the highest roaming charges in the world and we’re about to change that,” said Emir Aboulhosn, CEO of Roam Mobility. “Canadians can now use their phones, smartphones, tablets and laptops in the same way they would at home, the second they enter the US.”
It’s estimated 18 million Canadians cross the US border each year. With few options, most Canadians purchase roaming packages from their existing service providers for a hefty fee. This results in $450 M being spent in US roaming annually. Roam Mobility is boasting price reductions of up to 99% for Canadians, in a move intended to inject transparency in the industry.
“We are able to offer fair and transparent pricing because we are the first mobile virtual network operator to directly broker a deal with a tier 1 telecom company over an international border,” said Aboulhosn. “Canadians have been waiting for a socially-responsible cellphone service like this for a very long time.”
Roam Mobility’s network is a nationwide US network covering more than 200 M people and offering blazing speeds with HSPA+ 42 technology. All Roam’s plans are pre-paid and available in increments ranging from one to 30 days. All talk and text plans are unlimited, and include calls and text messages to the US and Canada starting at $2 per day. Data plans are available in 500 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 5 GB increments, with rates as low as two cents per megabyte.