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Whenever I head down to the United States with my Nexus (yes, the Nexus pass really is worth it in my humble opinion..here's a post on how to apply for it) which is about every few months or so when I do my outlet mall or Trader Joe's run, I usually (well, 99.9% of the time) turn my phone on airplane mode. I am not the type to want to rack up hundreds of dollars on my cell phone bill for a few hours in the United States roaming on data or texting for over $1 a text.
No, that would be my worst nightmare.
Nor am I the type to be organized enough to call my telephone carrier company (be it Rogers, Bell, or Telus) to set up a roaming data or telephone or text messaging plan for an additional $X number of dollars a month.
So when I heard of this company while researching ways to save on roaming fees while traveling, I stumbled upon the company, Roam Mobility. Don't worry, I didn't get endorsed for this review, but if Roam Mobility wants to send me some free text+ data days I won't say no! (haha).
Roam Mobility is a company based out of Richmond, a few minutes south of where I live. I saw that there was a recent promo code for a $5 off discount on the USA Travel SIM card (so buying two would only be $15) so I thought it might be a good idea to try it out.
Here is how you get set up with Roam Mobility. It was a little confusing for me initially because I'm not a techie.
Get a SIM Card
I signed up for a SIM card online from the Roam Mobility website and used the discount code (I think I googled it somewhere) and my package (small package that fit into my humble condo mail slot which is a bonus because the last thing I would want to do is to go to the Canada Post outlet to get my package) arrived very soon, I think in about 2-3 days after I placed the order. It was also automatically tracked. It comes with a little tool to open up your iPhone and a nice folder to keep your SIM card paraphernalia neat and tidy.
Alternately, I believe you can buy the Roam Mobility SIM card at your local London Drugs, if you live in western Canada of course.
Sign Up for an Account and Activate your SIM Card
Then you sign up for an account (if you bought from the website you likely have an account already) and when you receive your SIM card, activate the SIM card on your registered account. It takes a few minutes to do this.
Sign Up for a Plan
Once you activated your SIM card, you will be given a phone number that you will be assigned for an entire year (or longer if you continue to use your SIM card). It will be active for a year, and you will be assigned another phone number if you don't use your SIM Card for over a year.
One the Roam mobility site you can sign up for a plan, the cost is dependent on how many days you want. I signed up for a Text + Unlimited data plan for one day. You can plan and input when you would like your plan to start. I paid for it online and it only cost $2.05 after taxes. Of course, the longer you stay in the U.S.A. the more you will pay.
Put your SIM Card in When You are in the States
Once you're in the states (or even earlier) you can put your SIM card in your phone. Make sure your phone is unlocked.
Oh, and don't put your Nano SIM without the tray into your iPhone 5 like I did, otherwise you panic and sweat and needless thoughts of needing to go to the Apple store will set in.
You have free phone calls back to Canada if you bought the telephone option.
Forget About It- Don't Worry About Extra Charges
When I got a text from Roam with the welcome to the U.S.A. and that I had 1MB of data I freaked out and tried not to use the data. However, I clarified with Roam that this was perhaps the speed of the data, and that I paid for my plan so I will not be overcharged. This was indeed the case apparently because I did not get charged extra money.
All in all, I am impressed… but not with myself for putting the Nano SIM into my iPhone without the tray of course.
Readers, have you tried Roam Mobility? What do you think about it?
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