We mentioned previously that over Memorial Day weekend my sister Andi and I took a little brother-sister road trip to Toronto. The trip went without a hitch… well, almost. I’ve gotten in the habit of using Apple Maps for directions (I used to be an avid user of actual paper maps) and she piloted me from Pittsburgh to Toronto with ease. I only noticed the problem was when we checked into our hotel and had the chance to take a break from our travels. I finally had the chance to take a look at the messages on my phone and found this:
Oops. I immediately turned off my roaming data.
I also went through my messages and found this…
I wasn’t going to try something like that without a little research, so decided to just use wifi when we needed access and screen cap directions to and from places. We made do without using Maps but it wasn’t as easy and we missed an exit on the way home that added about a half hour to our drive.
We got home and looked into it to see what accepting the TravelPass from Verizon really means. If we had said yes, since we were in Canada, the rate for extending our Talk/Text/Data plan would only be about $5 as a opposed to the $2.05 per MB. Yes, that would have been far cheaper..
Since we are locked into Verizon and can’t swap out SIM cards, we should have said yes and made our lives easier (and the bill significantly smaller). In our research we found that the cost varies depending on the country you visit outside of North America, so look into it carefully before accepting the plan.