Telus cuts roaming rates
Telus is slashing many of its international roaming rates for both mobile voice and data, less than a week after the release of a report that said Canada's charges were among the highest in the world.
Data roaming charges for Telus customers are being cut to $10 per megabyte for most destinations outside the U.S., a reduction of 60 per cent, the company announced Monday. The new rates come into effect June 27.
Voice calls will be $1.50 per minute in Western Europe, Mexico and Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand) and $2.50 per minute in the Middle East, the Carribean and Latin America, China, India and Africa — a reduction of 17 to 50 per cent, Telus said.
Most Canadian carriers already have comparable or cheaper roaming rates in the U.S. for customers who buy special travel packages.
Telus said its new international pricing is simpler for customers, who no longer have to buy separate bundles and passes in order to get reduced roaming rates.
Last Wednesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released a report showing that Canadians travelling abroad paid the most among 34 OECD countries for one megabyte of data in a single day, if they were with one of Canada's two biggest wireless providers, Rogers and Bell.
At that time, Telus indicated that it planned to reduce its roaming rates soon, as it had recently negotiated cheaper rates with other carriers around the world.