**Note that this review was written in 2015 and has not been updated since. I have NOT tested Roam Mobility since then. Many users have reported multiple issues with service recently. I personally now use KnowRoaming for my data needs when travelling now.
Canadians for many years have been complaining about the cost of data charges when travelling to the U.S. If you didn’t purchase a roaming package in advance and started using data when travelling, you would have been hit with massive charges when you returned home.
Well after many complaints from the public, the major telecom companies introduced reasonably priced roaming charges, but there are even cheaper options available. You’ll need an unlocked phone, but the rates Roam Mobility offers to Canadians travelling to the United States and Mexico really are the cheapest options. See below for a breakdown of the service, my Roam Mobility review.
What is Roam Mobility
Roam Mobility is a wireless network that you connect to by purchasing one of their SIM cards for just $9.95. Getting a SIM is pretty easy since you can order it online or purchase it in store from a variety of retailers. Once you have the SIM, go online to RoamMobility.com to activate it and you’ll instantly be assigned a U.S. number. You now own that number so you can re-use it every time you travel.
Talk, text, and data plans are purchased in advance online directly from your account. Just pick your start date and you’ll be connected as soon as you reach your destination. Enjoy long-distance calling to Canada, global texting, and data at one low price.
The price of the plans are as follows:
- Text + Data – $1.95 per day – 2G data speeds
- Talk + Text – $$2.95 per day
- Talk + Text + Data – $3.95 per day – 4G / LTE data speeds
Plans are just $1 a day after the first 14 days. Regardless of which plan you pick, Roam Mobility offers the cheapest roaming data rates for Canadians visiting the United States and Mexico. As mentioned your phone does need to be unlocked – which can be done by your carrier for a small fee. If you prefer to have a separate travelling phone, you can purchase unlocked handsets directly from Roam Mobility.
Although their coverage is quite good in the United States and Mexico, you still want to check their coverage map to make sure you’ll be covered in the areas you’ll be heading to. Long-distance calls to Canada are free, but you won’t be able to make international long-distance calls.
My experience with Roam Mobility
Before my recent trip to Chicago, Roam Mobility sent me one of their SIM cards to test out. I already knew their rates were excellent, so I was more interested to see how easy it was to get it set up, and how reliable the service.
Activating my SIM card, and selecting a plan for my travels took just a few minutes. I prefer to have faster data speeds so I went with the Talk + Text + Data plan which cost me about $16 total for my 4-day trip. I mentioned that Canadian cellular companies offer roaming data plans which are reasonably priced, but they don’t offer it to all customers. You need to have a specific plan with your home carrier to get access to roaming packages, but with Roam Mobility, it doesn’t matter what plan or what carrier you use; everyone gets charged the same rates.
Once I landed in Chicago I simply set my phone to use Roam Mobility’s network and I had instant access to the internet. Overall I had decent coverage, but there were times when my data speeds decreased. I suspect that was most likely due to the fact that the area I was in had limited cellular coverage e.g. inside buildings with lots of concrete so to be fair, it was probably no fault of Roam Mobility.
Once I returned home I simply swapped my home SIM back in and was back on my own network within minutes. Since the Roam Mobility SIM can be reused, I just put it away in a safe place so I could use it again the next time I travel to the U.S. or Mexico. The SIM card does expire after 365 days of inactivity, but by purchasing the cheapest plan once a year for a day, I can keep my account active.
I was quite happy with the service provided by Roam Mobility and I would recommend it to other Canadians who travel down to the U.S. and Mexico.