Traveling to the U.S. Worry-Free with Roam Mobility

We’ve all heard the horror stories of Canadian travelers receiving bills for hundreds and even thousands of dollars in international roaming fees. In order to avoid these astronomical fees, most Canadians have become accustomed to turning their cell phones off when traveling internationally. Not being able to make phone calls or access data for maps or online reviews can be extremely inconvenient when you’re in an unfamiliar city. For Canadians traveling to the U.S., there’s a very elegant solution to this problem: Roam Mobility.

If you’ve never heard of it, Roam Mobility is a line of products and services that allow Canadians traveling to the United States to stay connected without having to worry about high roaming fees from their mobile service providers.

The Products and Services

Roam Mobility offers talk, text and data plans starting at $4 per day, talk and text plans starting at $3 per day, and data plans starting at 2¢ per megabyte.

The talk and text and talk, text, and data plans are available in packages of 1, 3, 7, 14, and 30 days. You can choose and pre-pay for these plans before your trip. However, if you decide to extend your trip, you can top up your plan during your trip. These plans include voicemail, caller ID, and unlimited talk and text. The talk, text, and data plan includes 100MB per day.

If you’re heading down to the U.S. and only need data, you can purchase plans of 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 5GB. The Roam Mobility website helps you to decide which option will suit you best with a handy data calculator that allows you to determine how much data you need based on your online activities.

With Roam Mobility, you have three options of wireless products to get you started with the service. The first option is to purchase the Breeze phone with SIM card included at $49.98. This option is ideal if your Canadian handset is locked. There are no contracts with Roam Mobility so you can use the service as much or as little as you need.

The second option is for travelers who only need data. This option is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that called the Liberty Mobile Hotspot and is priced at $99.98. Like the Breeze, the Liberty comes with its own SIM card.  It allows you to connect up to 5 devices within a 150ft range and gives you 4G speeds. One of the best features of the Liberty device is that it also acts as an external hard drive, which can be used to backup your files on the go.

The last product in the Roam lineup is a SIM card. If your Canadian phone is unlocked,  this is the best option since the SIM card is only $19.98 and you can subscribe to any of the Roam Mobility services while using the phone you’re already familiar with.

How it Works

Using Roam Mobility is very simple. The first step is to decide which product (Breeze, Liberty, or just a SIM card) works best for you. The products are available at all Staples locations or online. Once you have your device in hand, you can head over the Roam Mobility website to create an account and activate your new US SIM card.

When you’re ready to travel to the U.S., you can simply sign into your account online and choose the service plan and duration you’re going to need and pre-pay for the service. Once you cross the border, you can use your new phone without worrying about roaming fees! If you find that you’re staying longer than anticipated, you can simply top up your plan online or by phoning or texting Roam Mobility.

For more information on Roam Mobility, check out their website or come in and chat with one of our Staples Technology Consultants.

By Mike Agerbo

October 08, 2013