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Roam Like Home in Asia - Is It Good?

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Aug 4, 2006
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Roam Like Home in Asia - Is It Good?

Hey guys,

I am going to Hong Kong and Taiwan for two weeks and I was wondering if the data quality from Rogers' Roam Like Home is any good?

I used it in NYC and it was amazing. But I've never really been out of the country so I don't know much.

I'll be away for 11 days before I come back so with Rogers it'll cost $100 (maximum charge for roam like home). Are there any alternatives I should consider? The reason why Roam Like Home has such appeal to me is due to the fact that my device is not unlocked.
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Deal Addict
Dec 26, 2005
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I cant speak for Hong Kong and Taiwan, but when my buddy and I were in S. Korea and Thailand a few months back, my buddy had no issues with Roam Like Home at all, worked very well.
Allthough, atleast in Thailand, it cost $20 all in for a SIM and 2gigs of data, so if it's similar in those countries, that may be a cheaper\better solution for you.
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Dec 26, 2005
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ah... just noticed the 'device not unlocked' comment. depending on your device, you can get it unlocked very quickly and cheap. My buddy stopped using roam like home 1/2 way through our trip, and got an unlock code within an hour or two, for like $10-$15 for the BB priv.
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Sep 6, 2002
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Unless you really value people being able to call you on your Canadian number local SIM cards are always going to work out cheaper

Perhaps if you were in the country for a day or two roam like home is ok.

If you plan on getting to know locals having a local number is more practicle as well.

Get your phone unlocked. I use eBay knowing if they can't unlock the phone I can for sure get my money back.
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Oct 18, 2014
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To answer the OP's question, yes the quality is good in those countries.

$100 is a drop in the bucket. I remember how much more expensive roaming used to be.
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Mar 6, 2014
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http://hktravelblog.com/sim-cards/prepa ... uide-2017/

Depending on how long you plan to stay in HK, I would go for the 5day or 8day CSL sim-card. The 8 day one gives you 5GB of data, unlimited voice calls and text and cost only $20CAD. When you get off the plane, just walk into the nearest 7-11 and ask the attendant for it. There is no paper to sign, no ID check, nothing. Just pay with cash or your octopus card and walk out.

One thing I can tell you is that after you have traveled in Asia long enough, you'll soon realize how bad our telcos tries to screw us over. When I was in Malaysia, there were stalls at the airport selling unlimited data plans for 20 ringgit ($6CAD).
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Oct 13, 2008
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When I go back to Taiwan ... I always use their Pay As You Go ... One month only costs $25 Canadian ... unlimited talk and unlimited data ... plenty of places to get pay as you go in Taiwan and Hong Kong

I believe in HK ... OneTwoThree is one great cellphone provider with unlimited data and unlimited talk for about CAD$25 as well for a month ...

Why give $100 to Rogers when you are stuck with your limit on data???

This is a better alternative ...
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