Best All Around Travel Consumer Credit Card goes to....CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED February 18 2016, 0 CommentsCHASE offers a $0 fee the first year ($95 thereafter); 50,000 points after $4000 (usually only 40,000) in spend within 3 months, 5000 additional bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
It has no foreign currency conversion fees, double points on travel and dining, points transfers to United, Hyatt, Southwest, Amtrak, British Airways, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Hyatt Marriott, IHG Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton. Probably the best all-around personal credit card, and with a great signup bonus.
I used the bonus points to transfer to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer program and flew A380 First Class Suites for only 31,250 CHASE UR points (converted to Krisflyer) and SGD34 in taxes. Not bad for a 4 hour flight with bottomless Dom Perignon (2004) and Krug Champagne.
Sign up to today and spend $4000, and you'll be able to book two first class suites on Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites (picture above)
Sign up today with my referral link: apply here
iPhone 6s, Samsung Note 5, Sony Xperia Z5, LG G4 Unlock Tool Updated February 18 2016, 0 Comments
We have re-vamped our unlocks for all carriers including Rogers, Bell, Telus, Virgin, AT&T, T-Mobile, and many more for the following phones;
iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sony Xperia Z5
+ many more!
Click on SHOP to unlock your phone now!
Blackberry PRIV Review and New Carrier Unlock Tool November 22 2015, 1 Comment
Will the new Blackberry PRIV help revive the struggling smartphone maker?
The device is beautiful, comes with a large HD screen, traditionally Blackberry keyboard, and at last, a workable operating system. However, this all comes at a price of $699.
I personally owend several Blackberry devices growing up. The 8700, Pearl, Curve, Bold, Bold 2, and currently the Blackberry Classic for work. I've always supported the brand and I am saddened to see the company lose its market share year by year. That being said, I truly believe this device will help the company come back to life and is well worth the $699 price tag.
To keep this review short, I've listed the pros and cons after using the phone for a few days:
-external keyboard (also a trackpad!)
-long extended battery life
-android operating system
-feels ultra durable
-a bit buggy (perhaps the first batch?)
-overheats at times
-camera could be of better quality
-price point at $699
To conclude, we give this phone a BUY rating. I don't forsee a large line up of buyers for this phone...but I do believe that this will put Blackberry back in the market and subsequent models succeeeding the PRIV will be even better.
BLACKBERRY PRIV UNLOCK TOOL
We are also delighted to anounce that Roam Galaxy has the Blackberry Priv Carrier Unlock Tool available for all carriers (Rogers, Bell, Telus, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc) around the world.
New Unlock Tools for Rogers, Telus, and Bell for SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 EDGE + S6 and HTC ONE M9 May 10 2015, 1 Comment
New permanent unlock tools have been added to the respective carriers (Rogers, Telus, and Bell) for the following newest released smart phones:
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6
HTC One M9
We are the fastest and reliable unlock code provider on the market; feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns prior to your order! Most orders are processed immediately and a code returned the same day (usually within hours).
New Unlock Tools for Blackberry Passport and Classic and Apple iPhone 6 Plus Mobilicity, AT&T USA, T-Mobile USA added! February 08 2015, 0 Comments
Happy New Year!
We are pleased to announce that we have new updated tools for the following models bringing you faster service:
Blackberry Worldwide Tool for Blackberry Classic and Passport - $35 all models
Rogers Apple iPhone 6 and Plus - $75 all models
Bell Apple iPhone 6 and Plus - $75 all models
Telus Apple iPhone 6 and Plus - $75 all models
Mobilicity Blackberry and Android - $25 all models
AT&T USA Android HTC M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, etc - $25 all models
T-Mobile USA Android HTC M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, etc - $25 all models
Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8? Permanent Factory Unlock Solution for Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 *Now Available!* April 30 2014, 2 Comments
That's right...if you're lucky enough to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, congratulations! We'll be writing a review for both phones soon, so stay tuned. It's a tough decision to pick between the two phones...so we'll review each phone in detail and tell you which one wins our votes.
In the meantime, If your Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 is locked to Telus, Koodo, Rogers, Fido, Bell, or Virign, we can now permanently factory unlock it!
Check out our tools here: http://www.roamgalaxy.com/collections/unlocking
American Express Centurion Airport Lounge @ Las Vegas Airport April 12 2014, 0 Comments
Just returned from a trip from Las Vegas and I had to snap a few photos of the new American Express Centurion Lounge at the Las Vegas airport. Access to the lounge is free if you have the American Express Centurion (Black) Charge Card or American Express Platinum Card (check out my review here).
Front Desk of the Lounge
Is your Rogers Q10 Z30 Z10 Q5 really unlocked? What is a Network Unlock, Network Subset Unlock, and Service Provider Unlock? March 11 2014, 4 Comments
I’ve had several clients emailing me asking if their Blackberry 10 is actually unlocked. Where is the confusion you ask? Well, unlocking a Blackberry 10 is very simple. The steps are:
1) Go to Settings > Security and Privacy > Sim Card
2) Press “Unlock Network”
3) Enter the Unlock Code
4) The screen should say “Network Code Entered Successfully”
Hooray right?! Well, if your screen doesn’t show this, your phone is NOT unlocked.
This isn’t an uncommon problem. It appears to be affecting all BB10’s including the Blackberry Q10, Q5, Z30, and Z10 from Rogers, Fido, Telus, T-Mobile, and Bell!
What are there three Unlock types? What do they mean?
Network – this is the carrier that your Blackberry is locked to. If there’s still a button that says “Unlock Network”, it’s still locked!
Network Subset – this should say “Unlocked”. This enables you to use your carrier’s sister/subset networks. For example, if your phone is locked to Rogers, it would still work with Fido since they share the same network.
Service Provider –this should also say “Unlocked”. This is essentially related to being able to roam internationally.
Now say you’ve entered the code that was provided, and it prompted “Network Code Entered Successfully” but it still shows a button “Unlock Network”. I would stop immediately and not waste any additional unlock entries (you’re limited to 10* before your Blackberry is permanently locked to your carrier.
Follow these steps:
-Verify the 15 digit IMEI you provided is correct and ensure you were provided with the correct unlock code (e-mail support team)
-Hard reset your phone. This may work as sometimes Blackberry’s have glitches in their software.
-Have you updated your software recently? Try restoring your Blackberry to older software. The newest update sometimes block the ability to unlock your phone.
-Try the Blackberry Worldwide Unlock Tool. This usually provides a different code than the carrier method and is more accurate.
-Still not working? Your Blackberry may be damaged; if you’re still under warranty, call your carrier and request for a new device, as you were not able to unlock the phone. You can even ask the carrier for the unlock code and try but it’s highly unlikely it will work if you’re at this stage.
*Always leave at least 5 entries (5/10 tries left) to avoid “bricking” your phone.
I hope this helps! As always, leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Fly to Asia in Business Class (or two tickets in Premium Economy) with Cathay Pacific for less than $300? Yes please! March 10 2014, 5 Comments
How is this possible? Well actually all you need is a decent credit score and a minimum annual income of $40,000. With that, you’re eligible to apply for credit cards with very generous welcome bonus points. In this guide, we will be showcasing the American Express Platinum Card.
First off, I’m going to explain the basics of churning points through credit card sign up bonuses. For example, to attract consumers to sign up and use a bank’s credit card, the bank will usually offer 15,000 free points which can be redeemed for flights, hotels, gift cards, or 1% statement credit. An example of this is the RBC Platinum Avion card with an $120 annual fee.
Now American Express is notorious for charging merchants high transaction fees to accept their cards (in the range of 2.5% and higher). In another words, AMEX makes a shit load of money off merchants and passes those profits to its cardholders. These profits are passed down to cardholders through amazing sign up bonuses, extremely excellent customer service, and amazing perks such as free airport lounge access, elite status with hotels, and dedicated concierge service.
Here’s the deal:
1) Sign up for the American Express Platinum Card (Canada) and receive 60,000 MR points with my sign up link here (50,000 MR without referral). Note: you’ll need to spend the minimum of $1000 within 90 days. Note the charge card has a $699 annual fee but I’ll explain how to reduce that to $299 in step 5.
2) Refer yourself to the American Express Gold Rewards Card (First year free) and receive 25,000 MR points for signing up with an additional 15,000 MR points for referring yourself.
3) You should now have 100,000 MR points available in your Amex account. Now you can convert your MR points to many airlines including Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, and British Airways. I recommend transferring to British Airways Avios when they have a 50% transfer bonus. This means with the bonus, will have 150,000 BA Avios points. Now the great thing about Avios points is that you’re not limited to just booking British Airway award flights, but you can also book any OneWorld alliance airline such as Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, JAL, etc.
4) Book your flight with your Avios points on BritishAirways.com. Select your dates, do not opt for a stopover in London, and you'll be able to select Cathay Pacific or JAL to Asia from gateway cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Vancouver with your 150,000 Avios points.
Using YVR ( Vancouver) to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific as an example, you'll need:
60,000 Avios points to fly Economy
72,000 Avios points to fly Premium Economy
120,000 Avios points to fly Business Class
In my example below, I chose to fly with JAL as they just introduced the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route with the new Business Class Sky Suites!
With the above itinerary, I'll be flying on JAL's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner from YVR-NRT in Business Class and then from NRT-HKG in Business Class for only 140,000 Avios points and $354 in taxes (including return flights in Business as well). This exact itinerary would normally cost me $4826! That means that the value of my Avios equates to 3.4 cents per mile, not too bad!
5) Now how do we reduce the $699 annual fee? Let’s explore the benefits on the Amex Platinum card first.
- $200 in statement credit for travel bookings (per calendar year)
- Complimentary priority pass – access to over 600 airport lounges in the world for you plus 2 guests
- Complimentary entry for you plus 2 guests to any American Express Airport Lounge
- Complimentary SPG Gold Elite Status (free upgrades, late check out, spg points bonuses, etc)
- Complimentary Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold Elite Status (also recognized as Sapphire Elite Status with all One World airlines)
- Complimentary Accor Le Hotel Platinum Status (free upgrades, late check out, etc)
If you apply for the card today, your anniversary date is March 2014 and you won’t need to pay the $699 annual fee until March 2015 (I would cancel before then). Further, you can apply the annual $200 travel statement credit in 2014 and in 2015 before you cancel your card. This effectively makes the Platinum card costing you only $299 but includes 150,000 Avios points (enough for 2 premium economy tickets to Asia with Cathay) and the additional benefits listed above.
You can sign up for the American Express Platinum Card (Canada) through my referral link here to receive 60,000 MR points!
Hope you found this guide useful. Feel free to comment below with questions and I'll be happy to answer.
Happy Chinese New Year! February 01 2014, 0 Comments
It's the year of the Horse which in ancient Chinese history means energy, enthusiasm and hard work! We are excited for the year to come and want to wish all our followers and customers a prosperous and healthy 2014.
We have a new promotion in light of the lunar new year. All Rogers Android and Blackberry unlock codes are now 50%, priced at only $14.99. Yes! this includes the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note III, Blackberry Z30, Z10, Sony Ericsson Z1 and many more!
Please leave us a comment below if you're unsure about how to unlock your phone. It's incredibly easy and takes only a few steps.
I just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and will post some pictures soon. I was able to travel in Business Class on Cathay Pacific for free and will be sharing with you all on how to do it! Stay tuned..
New Phone Unlock Services and Pricing December 19 2013, 0 Comments
I hope everyone is well and getting into the holiday season. We have updated our unlocking services to serve you better.
Rogers / Fido iPhone 3, 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c Factory Unlocking - $125
Telus iPhone 3, 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c Factory Unlocking - $125
Bell iPhone - coming soon!
All carriers and models Blackberry Factory Unlocking - starting from $19.99
All carriers and models Android Factory Unlocking - starting from $19.99
We can unlock all types of phones and models. Feel free to e-mail us directly if it's unlisted (we can probably unlock it!). New unlocking service for devices such as Nokia C3, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC Optimus 3D, etc!
Turnaround time for Android/Blackberry unlocking from instant to up to 24 hours depending on server capacity. Turnaround time for iPhone can take a few days.
Happy Holidays everyone! Stay tuned for my next blog series on how to travel to Asia with Cathay Pacific in Business Class for free :)
Visiting Canada? How to get 5 GB of LTE data and unlimited talk and text for less than $35 November 18 2013, 21 Comments
A picture of Vancouver, British Columbia taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4
If you’re visiting Canada for the first time, I welcome you with open arms. Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world (by land mass) yet it has less people living here than California. Yes, the country is huge, but it’s also very cold. No wonder why 75% of Canadians live within 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the US Border.
I’m assuming if you’re visiting Canada for the first time, you’re likely visiting Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, or Edmonton. If so – great news! You’ll have access to blazing fast LTE speeds. In this guide, I’m going to teach you how to get a local Canadian phone number with unlimited talk, text, and 5 gb of LTE data for less than $35.
First off, the Canadian cell phone industry is dominated by the “big three” Rogers, Bell, and Telus. These guys basically control the wireless industry in Canada and have tons of power over pricing the latest phones, plans, and even accessories.
Luckily, you’ll only need one plan. Bell offers a tablet plan (works for smartphones too) for only $35 a month that includes 5 GB of LTE data. That’s enough data to check your e-mail, look up restaurants on Yelp, download some music, and even stream a show off Netflix. However, there is a better use for the data.
When traveling, it’s definitely useful to have a local Canadian phone number for you to call out on to make reservations, contact your friends and family, and calling a taxi when you need one. I recommend downloading Fongo which is supported on all androids and apple devices. Why? Because Fongo gives you a local Canadian phone number for you to keep for free. Yes, free! The app only uses data and with 5 GB in your 30 day plan, it should be more than enough.
So there you go, a perfect solution to keep you connected to the web, Instagram, Facebook, and most importantly, friends and family for $35 for 30 days.
My friend from the UK who was visiting Vancouver used this plan for 25 days and had about 1 GB left while constantly using Fongo, Facebook, Netflix, and checking e-mails. Now with all Voip type apps, reception will obviously be better and clearer with a WiFi connection. However, we noticed that voice calls were quite clear when we were in a LTE or 4G/3g zone (basically the entire metropolitan area)
See below for a step by step guide to help you:
1) Buy a Bell Sim Card. You can buy one off my store here and have it shipped to your door before you take off. Trust me, it’ll be a lot easier than searching for a Bell store ;)
2) Ensure your smartphone / tablet is unlocked. This is crucial as your device won’t recognize the Bell sim card if it’s not unlocked. See my unlocking services here if you need help unlocking your device.
3) Once you land in Canada, Call 1 888 4-MOBILE (662453) to have your Bell SIM card activated (also printed on the back of the card). They’ll ask for the SIM card number that is printed on the card.
4) Ensure the Bell SIM card is inserted into your tablet / smartphone. Select the Bell Mobility Self Serve icon from your home screen. If you have a iPhone / iPad, see step 5.
5) iPhone / iPad users only: make sure you have the latest iTunes on your computer. Insert the Bell sim card and connect your device to iTunes. Wait for iTunes to synchronize with your iPad. Wait for an iTunes pop-up message and select "Download and Update". Shut down and restart your iPad. From the iPad home screen, select Settings > Cellular Data > View Account. Set up your profile and billing information, and select the data plan of your choice.
6) Set up your profile and billing information (use your hotel address and credit card), and select the 30 Day Pass data plan for $35. These plans are valid for 30 days (no contact) with an option to rollover for additional months. Once activated, you’ll actually be given a phone number. The number doesn’t work and is only used to reference your account number with Bell.
-When choosing a plan, you have three options:
1) $5 / month for 10 MB of data
2) $20 / month for 1 GB of data
3) $35 / month for 5 GB of data (recommended)
* Once your profile has been set up, you can visit the Self Serve page and log in at any time to monitor your data usage, view your monthly charge date, add data, or change your data plan. Once your credit card has been charged, the sale is final.
Tip: You get free WiFi at any Mcdonalds, Tim Hortons (better coffee), Starbucks, Indigo, Blenz, and Waves Coffee.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions or if you found my guide useful.
Heading to the United States? Why not get unlimited talk, text, and data for $2 a day with T-Mobile November 10 2013, 0 Comments
This is part 1 of 4 blog guides on how to save money when traveling abroad. To start of, we're going to review T-Mobile's prepaid services.
How to Roam in the United States: T-Mobile offers several plans for all types of users when roaming in the United States. These plans are all prepaid and you can decide on which plan you want to go with when you activate your sim card.Step 1) Purchase a T-Mobile prepaid sim card
Step 2) Activate the sim card online or by calling the 1800 toll free number included with the kit
Step 3) Add however much you want to the balance of the prepaid sim card and pick a plan
Step 4) Select a US based phone number and share it with your friends and family
Step 5) Pop in the sim card into your unlocked phone and voila, you now have access to unlimited talk, text, and data!
I've outlined the three options you have when choosing a plan for T-Mobile.
Tip: If you're only interseted in having an emergency phone and won't be needing data services, go with the pay as you go plan as it offers complete flexibility while only charging you when you use the phone
If you're heading down to the States fora period less than 10 days, go with the pay by the day plans as they offer you unlimited talk, text, and data for as little as $2 per day ($3 if you want 4G speeds).
If you're going to be in the States for more than 10 days, I'd recommend the pay by the month plans starting at $30. It includes 100 minutes and a whopping 5GB of data at 4G speeds!
A) Pay as you go Plans:
B) Pay By The Day Plans:
C) Pay By the Month Plans:
T-Mobile APN Settings T-Mobile APN: epc.tmobile.com
How check your T-Mobile phone Balance dial: #999#
How to TOP UP to obtain/keep your Gold Rewards Pay As You Go:
Service available for 90 days (one year for Gold Rewards) after activation/refill/conversion. After that, your account will be suspended and no service will be available. Gold Rewards requires activation of $100 in refills; you must refill while on Pay As You Go plan to obtain full Gold Rewards benefits.
Pay By The Day:
Service available for 90 days (one year for $100 refills) after activation/refill. You will be charged for each Day you use plan services. Daily rate charges apply when you make or receive any call, including calls to voicemail and other calling features, and when you make or receive any message. Plans with data are charged the daily rate when any data usage occurs, including background data connections or automatic data syncing by phone applications or features. If you sign up for plan more than one time in a day or switch between plans, the daily rate for each plan will be deducted each time. Day is 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., based on time zone associated with your phone number. If call spans multiple days (e.g., starts at 11:58 p.m. and ends at 12:05 a.m.), you may be charged the daily rate for each day.
I hope this helps you plan your next trip the United States! You can purchase a prepaid T-Mobile directly from our website and have it shipped to you before you take off or purchase a card at any T-Mobile store or Kiosk!
Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions!Part 2 - Guide to Roaming in Canada with LTE data
Why I started this.... August 22 2013, 1 Comment
Welcome to my blog! I started this website as a side project to help travelers save money when they travel abroad whether it be to Canada, the USA, or even Hong Kong.
I was burned by wireless carrier, Rogers (Canada), when I went on a small trip to Los Angeles for a week. With today's technology, I constantly needed to be connected to my work, friends, and family via my Android device. Knowing that roaming with Rogers would increase my monthly bill significantly, I refrained from constantly using my Android device. Rather, I just used it to check my e-mails, browse lightly on Facebook, and Whatsapp my friends in Canada.
I returned from my trip and opened up my Rogers bill several weeks later. Low and behold, I was charged an additional $176 for roaming data charges during my trip! I was furious as I didn't even use my phone that much.
I learned from my mistake of using Rogers in the USA and decided to research online on alternative solutions to use data in the USA. I found a very resourceful forum and discovered that I could unlock my phone, activate a prepaid sim card from T-Mobile USA, and have access to unlimited talk, text, and data for only $2 a day.
I've been using this sim card for the past year and use it every single time I travel to the States. I even get my own US phone number (any area code you want), which I give to my friends and family back home in case they need to reach me. Heck, I was even able to call back to Canada for free!
So to conclude my first post, I want to share with you all on how to save a lot of money when roaming abroad. Check out my free guides which will explain to you step-by-step on how to do this. I will soon add my guide on how to roam for cheap when you travel to Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and the UK!
My goal is provide you with a easy and simply solution to roam abroad before you take off on your trip without needing to order sim cards, accessories, and unlocking your phone from multiple sources. I am your one stop shop for your roaming needs!
Feel free to comment below :)