FIDO announces massive rate increase for US roaming

Since being bought out by Rogers, FIDO has posted rate increases for many of its services.

In some cases, rates have gone up by a factor of 4 or 5 times.

Prior to being bought by Rogers, receiving cell phone calls while roaming in the US used to incur a per minute cost of US$0.20 for roaming plus C$0.10 long distance (airtime charges not included). Shortly after the Rogers takeover, the price went up to C$0.50 for roaming plus C$0.20 long distance. Effective August 4, 2006, the price goes up to C$0.95 roaming plus C$.25 long distance.

Prior to being bought by Rogers, making calls while in the US used to cost US$0.20 (airtime charges not included). After the Rogers takeover, the price went up to C$0.50 per minute plus C$0.30 long distance per minute (if the calls are not local). Effective August 4, 2006, the price goes up to C$0.95 roaming per minute plus C$0.75 long distance per minute (if the calls are not local).

My advice for Canadian cell phone users who visit the US often or plan on staying for a while (such as snowbirds) -> purchase a local prepaid SIM card from T-Mobile. US$100 buys you 1,000 minutes (that’s US$0.10 per minute) of air time and the balance is good for an entire year. Long distance to Canada costs only US$0.40 per minute. You can probably even call forward your Canadian cell phone phone to your new US prepaid number and pay a low per minute long distance rate.