Discuss: Cellular Roaming Rates

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July 19, 2013 at 05:41:47
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that a UK girl received an eye-popping cellular bill after using her phone while roaming in New York City. Discuss here how you handle cellular roaming, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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Justin


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#1
July 19, 2013 at 13:29:14
If I knew my phone was out of it's range and I had to pay roaming charges, I wouldn't use it unless it was an emergency. Seems to me that the girl knew she was roaming in the US and chose to continue to use it, even after being told by her Mother not to. They should have investigated how that worked before they took the trip and used an alternative. Yes, I believe the cellular company ripped them off, but here's where her mother should have taken the phone away from her until they got home. If I were the father, I wouldn't pay that amount. They could negotiate the fee or tell them where to put the phone. I feel sorry for people of all ages that are hooked on smart phones. It's a device that's abused in most cases and you're paying through the nose to be abused. I use my phone to make calls, but that's just me. I think the cell phone companies are ripping people off, and they love it. There's no app for common sense.

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#2
July 19, 2013 at 14:19:11
What grasshopper said!

Ignorance may be bliss, but it's not an excuse.

Anybody taking a cell phone with them out of country needs to check into the repercussions before leaving and get a package that suits their needs. Using a smartphone to take pictures and then upload them onto the internet without a good international data package is going to get you screwed.....period, end of story. If your not careful, just having your phone connect to a tower in a foreign country will get you a substantial "roaming" fee without doing any up/downloading, making calls or texting.

The mom in the article should have taken care of this before leaving and if the package isn't possible, simply take the phone from the child and leave it at home.

Not only do we ensure we have an appropriate package when we travel, but the wife and I set our phone to not arbitrarily connect to the nearest tower as we travel, thus we avoid the roaming fees.

In all the trips we've taken out of Canada in the last 8 years or so, we've always taken the cell. So far, I've managed to not touch it even one time in all those trips. But then, my cell phone isn't my main method of communicating with other humans so I'm quite happy without one.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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