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Beware of the Fido Roam

Fredyo
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If you have a Fido Pulse plan, Fido will have enabled (whether you wanted it or not) the Fido Roam plan. You might think you can just ignore it if you have no interest in using their roaming services but that is not the case. There are in fact a few sneaky little gotchas that may cost you upwards of $180 in extra charges on your next bill if you aren't fully informed. Read on.

 

It used to be that when you arrive in a destination country, you'd recieve a text message informing you that you were roaming and that pay-per-use roaming charges would apply. You would then even be given some roaming package you could choose to opt-in to. Cool!

Not the case anymore. Now with Fido Roam enabled, what happens it that once you arrive in your destination country, you'll recieve a text message that looks something like this:41945306_10155496318011734_1795333541324652544_n.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It would be very easy to think that by just not turning on your data (and data roaming) you'd be ok BUT that is not the case at all. There in lies the grand trap that cost me a small chunk of change! 

 

You will automatically enable Fido Roam services for a 24 hour period at whatever cost was specified in the initial text if you simply send a text message OR recieve an MMS message (a text with a picture) OR recieve a call and reject it (rather than letting it ring and go to voicemail). You won't have any idea that you activated it either until you get your bill at the end of your billing cycle. Further more, you can't even disable it from your customer account portal, you need to either get onto live chat or call a customer service representative to have them disable it!

 

I have a dual-SIM phone and in my case, it used to be that upon leaving, I'd disable Fido's data and enable my host countries data plan and I'd be free and clear. If I recieved a text or call on my Fido line, I could simply respond to it and pay the one time usage fee... turns out this year, that wasn't the case and rather than paying $10.50 for sending about 14 text messages I was dinged $84! Now that's one hell of a markup in price! 

 

I highly recommend you disable Fido Roam ASAP before travelling and instead, get a SIM chip for the country you are visiting. You will almost ALWAYS get a far superior deal to any roaming package Fido offers you! 

 

Going forward, here is what FIdo should do:

1) When the roaming plan has been activated for a 24 hour period, you should recieve a text message indicating it has been activated and should also give you the exact time it will be deactivated (as it lasts for a 24 hour period).

 

2) There should be a quick and easy way to opt out by text message.

 

3) It should NOT be automatically enabled on any plan, instead users should be able to opt-in to it like before.

 

4) It should be easily enabled/disabled via the customer service portal as opposed to having to actually have a customer service rep do it for you.

 

I don't forsee any of these happening though because there is money to be made as data overage and roaming charges bring HUGE dollars to telecom providers. 

 

Hope this helps someone from falling into this trap because if you think Fido will reimburse you, you are sorely mistaken. You will be told that their roaming policies are "clearly laid out" on some part of their site for anyone to read... sadly this is all after the fact that you've fallen into the trap!

 

Now cue the customer service reps and community mods to chime in with their copy-pasted responses indicating how sorry they are that I feel this way and that it's not for everyone and so on....

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SH75
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

Yes, this also just happened to me $120 in charges I have been billed for nothing.  I have been a long time customer also and basically was told to make sure I know how to use the features on my phome.  I don't expect to be billed for something I'm not aware of. Very poor customer service, it's enough for me to change provider's when my contract is up for my 3 phone lines with Fido.

Hey @SH75,

 

Thank you for sharing your feedback with the Community.

 

We understand that unwanted charges are never fun and we don't want our customers to have any such surprises on their bills either!

 

Keep in mind that only a usage made through the Fido sim card will trigger a charge. If you do not make any usage, there is no fee. We also make sure to send a text notification to our customers when they connect to a local tower in a covered destination about the charges they will incur if any services are used.

 

Did you receive the sms notification?

 

That said, Fido Roam is enabled on all our postpaid plans automatically. You can opt-out by contacting customer service and have pay-per-use rates going forward.

 



SH75
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

I hooked onto WIFI at the Hotel, unknowingly being charged anyways.

SH75
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

No I never recieved that message, I got a message saying I have Fido roam for 12 dollars a day well I already knew that.  What it should say is if you don't want to be charged turn the Data off because you will be charged whether you use the phone or not.

Hey @SH75,

 

The message we were referring to was the one Welcome one that we send when your device connects to a foreign network: "Hi, it’s Fido: Welcome to the U.S.! You’ve got Fido Roam with your plan, so go ahead and use your plan's existing data, talk and text like you do at home. As of February 6th, 2020 the rate is $8/day (+ taxes) in the U.S. Happy travels! Questions? Check out www.fido.ca/m/roam or call +1-514-933-3436 (free)."

 

In addition to the welcome text message which details the regular rates you would be charged, you can also check roaming rates from our website. We also have a useful article on the Community that you can check out to learn more. 

 

If the Data Roaming is left ON, your smartphone will connect to data in the background for various reasons, as many applications automatically search for online updates whenever the device is on.

 

I hope this helps clarify a bit. 



SH75
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

Yes I keep getting the run around same answer. Basically Fido counts on the fact that people who are not smart phone savvy would just assume we will not be charged if we DO NOT use the phone otherwise the message sent would say welcome abroad blah blah blah and at the end of the message in BOLD it should state if you do not TURN OFF DATA you will be charged whether you use the phone or not. I'm sure at few extra words could be added to our welcome abroad message so save us all hundreds of dollars. 

Hey @SH75 ,

 

The text message we send out is to inform of the applicable charges should usage take place. Within the same text message, we do provide a link to our web page about fido roam and also provide a phone number where the customer can reach us for any inquiries. Also, the call is free if you call the number mentioned from your fido device! 

 

It's important to always review our information before travelling to ensure you won't generate any unwanted roaming charges. You can always reach a live rep by calling in, via Live Chat or via Facebook or Twitter. We're here to help. 😊  



SH75
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

The website info and phone number should be replaced with a very simple message TURN OFF DATA OR YOU WILL BE CHARGED that simple. Please stop with all the long drawn out replies..its a money grab. FIDO HAS ALREADY RIPPED ME OFF FOR 120 DOLLARS AT LEAST LET ME HAVE THE LAST WORD. Its sickening.

Rest assured, we aren't trying to rip people off. 

By all means, we do thank you for the feedback!   



storminne
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

So if a phone owner is traveling and gets the warning message to go ahead and use Fido Roam (even though it had been requested to be turned off), that tells you that it has in fact been reactivated without your request.

 

So if the phone owner is already in a different country when they get your message by text, how can the Fido Roam be deactivated??

 

Can the person deactivate Fido Roam without contacting Fido by making a phone call, or sending a text message, or using LTE? Any of those activities will trigger a flat roaming charge.

 

PS: Europe is $12 per day( or maybe that has increased as well?)

Hey @storminne

 

Even when you're out of the country and wish to be un-enrolled from Fido Roam, you can contact us via live chat, or by private message over Facebook or Twitter. If you don't have access to an internet connection when roaming, you can also call in by dialling our international number from your Fido device. You can find the number here: https://fido.ly/35FucaV. Also, the call is free when you call our customer service line. 😊

 

An agent will be able to deactivate Fido roam from there. 



storminne
I'm a Participant Level 3
I'm a Participant Level 3

The problem is that I have requested 2 times in the past to have my phone service deleted from the Fido Roam feature. Each time I was promised by the agent that I had been deleted. After returning from trips I found that I had been charged the flat rate daily fee after having made only a one minute phone call or sent one text in a day. A $12 charge for one text sent is much more than a $.75 charge or $2 call that I was expecting to incur.

 

Most of the time I took the agent's promise that the feature had been cancelled but it was never done. Each time when I called after the fact the agent said they would need to search the archive records to determine that I had indeed asked for Fido Roam to be turned off. The last time after 2 hours on chat, the agent finally confirmed that the records said I had indeed requested it be turned off and offered a refund.

 

I no longer can trust that the Fido Roam is OFF and I must call in prior to any trips I take. I suggest that any other users do the same or they will end up with unwanted charges. The default that Fido sets is to automatically have Fido Roam activated which means that you will be charged $12 for a single $0.75 text or a $2.00 one minute phone call. Be aware!

 

My advice is that people should make note of the date and time or save printouts of any chat conversations with Fido agents that they may have because they will otherwise deny having such notifications from you and deny any credits for their faults.

 

Just speaking from past experience......

 

 

Fredyo
I'm Helpful Level 1
I'm Helpful Level 1

Yeeepp... even with data roaming off, you still can and will get dinged even if all your phone did was recieve an MMS text message (a text with a picture attached). You also get ZERO notifcations that Fido Roam has been activated for the day (and at what cost). I raised all these flags back in my original rant but cleary nothing has been done about because the dirty little insider secret amongst all telecom companies is just how much they make in overage charges of all sorts including roaming.

 

The only way you can disble this is to log into your account and disable Fido Roam... which of course requires data.... do you see the dilemma here? Oh and you can't manually disable it, you need to start a chat with a customer service rep and have them do it, further more, if you do this while abroad even with data roaming disabled and just WiFi, you will still get dinged as you did...... you see where I'm going with all this!?

This is the type of shady excrement one would expect from Bell.....

Hello again,

 


@Fredyo wrote:... even with data roaming off, you still can and will get dinged even if all your phone did was recieve an MMS text message (a text with a picture attached)......

  Receiving the text portion of a MMS does not require data. However, downloading the associated picture does. Even in Canada, data needs to be enabled to send/receive the full MMS. If your phone downloaded the MMS with data and roaming data disabled, that's an issue with the phone or settings on the phone. This situation is different from the others who's phones have used small bits of data despite the those settings disabled and using no other services.

 


@Fredyo wrote:...

The only way you can disble this is to log into your account and disable Fido Roam...


  The only way to opt-out of Fido Roam is to contact Customer service. They provided the phone number in that first notification you received. If you note, that call would be free.

 

Hope this helps Smiley

 

Cheers


Fredyo
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@Fredyo wrote:... even with data roaming off, you still can and will get dinged even if all your phone did was recieve an MMS text message (a text with a picture attached)......

 Receiving the text portion of a MMS does not require data. However, downloading the associated picture does. Even in Canada, data needs to be enabled to send/receive the full MMS. If your phone downloaded the MMS with data and roaming data disabled, that's an issue with the phone or settings on the phone. This situation is different from the others who's phones have used small bits of data despite the those settings disabled and using no other services.

Plenty of devices automatically download the picture content automatically and many people don't know that. You are expecting everyone to have advanced knowledge of these kind of things.  There is also the issue of other "small bits of data" being sent... basically, it's THAT easy to enable a Fido Roam cycle and you wouldn't have even known it..... hence why I said there should be a follow up SMS sent EACH TIME a Fido Roam cycle is initiated.

 


@Fredyo wrote:...

The only way you can disble this is to log into your account and disable Fido Roam...


  The only way to opt-out of Fido Roam is to contact Customer service. They provided the phone number in that first notification you received. If you note, that call would be free.

 

Hope this helps Smiley

 

Cheers


Why not inform the user each time a Fido Roam cycle has started and the cost? Why not just have an easy way to reply with a simple "opt-out"? 

Because you know many people would right there and then.

Hynes
I'm a Participant Level 2
I'm a Participant Level 2

"Why not inform the user each time a Fido Roam cycle has started and the cost? Why not just have an easy way to reply with a simple "opt-out"?"

 

As of December 2020, you still have to call customer care or live chat (service is disrupted due to 'Holideals' - which means pay $14 per day till they are 'Not Busy'). Point being, I don't think Fido is technically aware that this feature can be added to the app, else they would have done it by now - approx 2 years from your post.

Hey there @Fredyo,

 

To clarify, we do send you a notification each time you cross a border when you're travelling overseas. As incoming SMS are free of charge, you don't get billed when receiving the welcome message. These texts simply aim to inform you of the applicable and coverage rates available at your location. No charges are in effect as long as there's no usage made on your device. How you decide to use your device is up to your discretion following that.

 

In regard to billed usage: Calls, sent texts and data will trigger roaming fees. All of these can be blocked by having your phone on airplane mode or by avoid sending texts, making calls and having the roaming data setting turned off on your phone.

 

To answer some of your previous concerns/questions:

  • To opt-out from FidoRoam you do need to reach out to us. We do offer you many options to do so, and one of them would be a free call from any international destination by dialing *611 from your device as seen here.
  • As we already notified you of the applicable rates upon your arrival, there would be no further notifications sent. Though you can keep track of your usage on your Fido My Account (web or app) 
  • Fido Roam provides you with a flat daily fee spanning on 24 hours from when you first begin your usage. The fee is not based on the volume of usage made but only of the number of days used. You can find more info here as well.

Hope this clarifies and let us know if you have any questions. We'd also be happy to take a  closer look at your account if you need any assistance.



Wagui
I'm a Participant Level 1
I'm a Participant Level 1

 

"". Though you can keep track of your usage on your Fido My Account (web or app) ""

You cannot track roaming usage..need wait till next billing cycle

Hello Wagui,

 

  Welcome to the community!

 


@Wagui wrote:.." Though you can keep track of your usage on your Fido My Account (web or app) ""

You cannot track roaming usage..need wait till next billing cycle


  I believe the reason we are unable to track roaming usage relates to an earlier post here. If home networks don't receive usage information in real-time, it's not possible for them to provide customers with their real-time roaming usage.

Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 


Nancymani1
I'm a Participant Level 1
I'm a Participant Level 1

Hey Fido, 

 

you always catch client using new charge. I had been your customer for 8 years, every time you have new charge surprised us. We are learning didn’t new charge from your service.

 

i just back from Bahama, see the billing is 16 times Fido roam charge in 2 trip. ($192) your service are too powerful, even access to my phone changed roaming settings. I don’t know is it legally? Should we report to public media let every client knew it? 

Hey @Nancymani1,

 

That's definitely not the kind of experience we wish to provide! We want to be transparent with our service and how you are billed for your usage. 

 

Let's take a closer look at  your situation. We'll send you a PM, talk to you soon!