If you are going to be in a country for more than 2 weeks or so, this is a bad deal... for these travelers, it's much less expensive to go thru the hassle of getting a local SIM and number....
But for the majority of travelers, this is a pretty good service... for a week trip or so, it's under $100. Worth it for the convenience of keeping your number and not dealing with putting in a SIM.
I'm not sure why this made it to
For VZ, in Canada it's $2/day (although may be included in monthly rate depending on your plan).
Not exactly kindness, but way less expensive than the old "surprise you" rates.