Can someone please explain to me "roaming?"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mattcube64, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Hey guys. I'm sorry... I'm 18, and have every tech-gadget imaginable. But, I've never gotten a cellphone, because I've just never got around to it, really.

    Anyways, I noticed none of the plans Apple released mention free roaming... will this be a problem?

    I'm buying the iPhone here in Kansas City, where I live. But this fall, I'm moving two hours away to attend MU. I won't run into any problems, will I?

    Will I be "roaming" on the drive on I-70 from here to there, and back?
  2. Phitz macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Roaming means you are out of your network and have to use another networks signal to get a call out. Most carriers charge extra unless you get a Nation Wide plan or something, but in this case you are safe to go deep in to Verizon territory and call Grandpa Augustus any time you want :D
  3. eddietr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    Roaming is when you are using a cell tower that is not part of the AT&T/Cingular network. If you go somewhere where AT&T service is not available, then your phone will use whatever other GSM service may be available, and you will not be charged for this.

    However, if you consistently use your phone in an area where there is no AT&T service, keep in mind that AT&T does have to pay that other company for your time. And so pretty soon AT&T will send you a letter saying that they need to cancel your service. Happened to a relative of mine who went to a school where there was no AT&T/Cingular.

    Provided your new school has AT&T/Cingular service, you'll be fine.
  4. eddietr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    Not if you have a GSM phone, of course. GSM phones can't use Verizon's CDMA network.
  5. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    oh! it seems different over there. here in the UK roaming means using your phone in a different country via other operator's network.
  6. BEASTMAN macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2005
    I have this free with my sprint account, so it seems we will be charged for this on the iphone? Does anyone know how much att charges for this?

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