Roaming Voicemail: Your cell phone provider is charging you up to $6 per minute
At Phonerental, we've never charged three times for a voicemail.
Most travellers don't realise that they are charged three times for voicemail when roaming using their normal US SIM: once (as a received call while abroad, again (as an outbound call from the visited country) to deposit the voicemail and a third time to retrieve the message. This is called "voicemail tromboning" and results in costs for a voicemail being as much as $6 per minute or more: one of the great hidden costs of roaming, that can account for a large portion of your bill.
The EU has now legislated that from July 1st 2010, travellers can't be charged for having a voicemail deposited while roaming in another EU country.
Unfortunately while the EU regulation helps Europeans travelling in Europe, it won't help Americans at all, who will still pay for voicemail tromboning (everywhere, including Europe) while roaming.
Join America's smartest travellers and avoid outrageous roaming charges!