said by LostTheGame:
That's what I'm not seeing here; no one speaking of the cost levied on the Telcos by the international carriers
They have mutual agreements. Yes, AT&T is charging Rogers an obscene per-minute rate, but Rogers is charging AT&T an obscene per-minute rate in return. Why? Because they both get massively inflated profit from this.
The typical excuse from Rogers (and I'm using them as an example here) is "Oh, we're not overcharging, that's what we're paying to AT&T". Yeah, well, that's because Rogers negotiated that rate.
Compare the roaming rate for Fido prepaid in the US, $2.00 per minute.
Compare this to Public Mobile roaming in the US, $0.15 per minute.
Why is Public Mobile so much lower? Because they didn't sign a mutual-overcharging agreement like Rogers did.
Data is similar. Fido seems to have removed data roaming entirely unless you buy a data roaming pass, but compare the fact that the pass starts at $2.50/MB and goes down to $0.20/MB depending on how much you buy. There's no reason they couldn't be charging $0.20/MB for any roaming data usage. It's still insanely expensive, but it'd be a heck of a lot more reasonable. Not long ago, using a gigabyte of data while roaming would cost you $30,000. At $0.20/MB, they would be down to $200. It's progress, at least. Or it would be, if they didn't make it hard to get.--
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