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roaming charges for data on iPhone - $30,000.00/Gb

Complaint Rating:  87 % with 15 votes
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Fido (Rogers communications)
Montreal, Qu├ębec
Complaint against Fido (Rogers communications)
My invoice numbers xxxxxx8529, xxxxxx8539, xxxxxx8549 - services for my iPhone:
When I received invoice number 8529 I was stunned to see I was charged $0.03/Kb for roaming data usage while traveling in the US - upwards of $400 in fees. I called to complain, and after haggling for a half hour the agent agreed to absolve me of half the debt - I was credited more than $200. I was willing to accept half the responsibility since I hadn't really paid attention to their roaming charges.
HERE'S THE IMPORTANT PART: I then said to the agent: I travel in the US quite a bit for business and my company emails are received on my phone, so I will need a plan that prevents these kind of roaming charges. He told me I could add a $10 package to my plan that would cover my roaming fees for data usage in the states.
I hit the road - traveling sales manager, I was out of town and fell behind on my mail - I get home and open bills 8539 & 8549 at the same time. $383.61 in data roaming fees on one and $546.68 in roaming data fees on the other. I call immediately, where I'm informed that in fact the $10 monthly plan was to access a beneficial rate for my roaming data - $1.00/Mb instead of $0.03/Kb. This was not what I had been told, and certainly if I had been told that I would never have agreed! After haggling and elevating with customer service for over an hour I received a credit of $738.00.
• Here are the main points for my complaint:
• They advertise Data plans in Canada at $30.00 per 1 Gb
• They charge roaming data at $0.03 per Kb (this is $30, 000.00 per 1 Gb!!)
• I need to repeat that again - $30, 000 per Gb
• They charge $10.00 per month to access the preferential rate of only $1000.00 per 1 Gb
1) How is it possible that the CRTC and the CCTS allow suppliers to charge 1000 or 100 times the price for roaming data? Bulk bandwidth is sold between telecommunications companies, in this case AT&T selling to Rogers(Fido), are nowhere near these prices - I promise you Rogers would not accept paying 100 or 1000 times the wholesale rate... This is criminal gouging. I'm not an idiot - I expect to pay a premium for roaming - but 1000 times the rate?
2) How are they allowed to mislead people on their documentation (website, pamphlets and invoices) by expressing their rates in different measures - how can you advertise Data by the Gb in Canada, but fine print the prices by the Kb and Mb on roaming.
3) How is it that they are allowed to sell powerful devices like the Apple iPhone that use considerable amounts of data by nature, without WARNING consumers of the potential costs - My iPhone should have come with a giant red piece of paper that said WARNING - if you cross the boarder and check your Facebook you will pay $30, 000.00/Kb of data...!
4) FURTHERMORE - why are they allowed to discriminate their charges based on the wireless device you use? Rogers only charges $0.006 per Kb of roaming data if you own a Blackberry! (still an exorbatent $6, 000.00 per Gb) Data transmission doesn't cost more based on the receiver - its a radio signal - signal sent, signal received...end of story.
5) This is the most important one - if a 12$/hour supervisor at a call center has the power to strike $738.00 off my invoice, how valid were the charges in the first place? Isn't this practically an acknowledgment of their practice?
Thus, on behalf of travelling business men accross Canada I ask the CCTS and the CRTC to regulate:
1) the rates allowed for roaming data (again, I reiterate - $30.00/Gb in Canada, $30, 000.00 per Gb if I roam in the US...) Isn't there a NAFTA clause we can apply to transmissions?
2) force the Cell companies to standardize their roaming data pricing regardless of what equipment is being used to receive the data
3) reimburse any customer who has been charged $30, 000.00 per Gb to the new rate decided on, retroactive to the release date of the iPhone
outraged Canadian consumer of wireless gadgets
Complaint comments Comments (6) Complaint country Canada Complaint category Mobile & Cell Phones


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 7th of May, 2009 by    0 Votes
That explanation you were given in the end...it is the way the rogers service works, but it isn't a matter of "rogers" alone. It is the co-operation they have between certain carriers. It's a royal pain, and expensive. We weren't very happy about the roaming charges through the US, but rogers can't control how the US operates. So, we sucked it up and set about finding alternatives. We weren't using FIDO - I have a nokia and my husband has a motorola.

Once we understood how it worked, we travel with our cell phones off once we hit the US, and only turn them on long enough to collect our messages or make a call, and turned them off again. The last trip, we bought a new laptop equipped with a wireless internet connection. Most larger hotels, as well as libraries have free wireless access. We managed to get all of our messages, as well as talk using voice chat with no additional cost.

A little inconvenient, but the laptop has been used many times and so has paid for itself.
 10th of May, 2009 by    0 Votes
I just found this company That will help you reduce your bill If Fido refuses. IF you did it and didn't realize it would be that expenssive.(long distance roaming, INTERNET DATA over minutes. etc etc
THey bassically negociate for you, know the laws in canada (Including Quebec) and will help you reduce your bill even though Fido, Rogers, Telus, or BELL refuses.

send an email

 18th of Jun, 2009 by    0 Votes
Just got back from two weeks in France. I used wifi where I could find it, but it was sporadic. Checked my email 3x's a day (morning, noon, night) and an internet email account as well. Probably 15 mins. a day tops.

My Fido bill for that time? $915. Immediately complained to Fido and they immediately waved roaming charges - approx. 25%.

I've been with this company for 11 years and when I asked if there was anything more they could do - they forwarded me to accounting, telling me I had two months to pay it off.

Time to look else where. There is no such thing as customer retention any more.
 23rd of Jun, 2009 by    0 Votes
Has anyone asked this consumer reporter for help - http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080104/chris_olsen_080104/200... /> My girlfriend who lives in Vancouver also is being overcharged by Fido by $700.

Also has anyone tried this consumer helpline - http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080104/chris_olsen_080104/200...
 18th of Mar, 2010 by    0 Votes
What well is roaming charges? annyway ! so first they slapyou with a contract. then they make up their one fuking rules ...well, i to was surprized with a bill of 800 dollars the same price i paid for my ticket that toke-me 2 years to save .I try to reazon with them so they cut of my Phone just before christmas now they arras-me on the daily bazes now on top of that i got layoff.So would like the Goverment to step in and stop this Criminals from ripping of people and running our credit.this charks should go to jail an send my money back!
 14th of Jun, 2011 by    0 Votes
I had no data on my plan with fido and accidentally hit the web button on the qwerty board a few times. I was in the US at the time and had unknowingly accessd the web. Well that was worth a hundred bucks. Fido had told me that my data block only works in Canada, not in the Us. Too bad for you. They suck. I am going to take them to small claims court

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