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Anonymous
August 1, 2004 4:36:49 PM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

My family is going to be visiting Saint John, NB, and Halifax, NS, for
two days in late August during a cruise. We'd like to have at least
one of our Sony Ericsson GSM phones on hand in case we need to
make/receive a local (i.e., Canadian) or US call while in either of
those provinces.

After reviewing the Cingular website and speaking to a Cingular
representative, I'm confused as to what I'll have to do in advance of
our trip. Do I have to activate international roaming, which I gather
is free, except for the calls? What will be the rates for calling in
Canada or back to the US? I saw a 79 cent/minute charge for calls
made via the Fido or Rogers networks; does that mean the calls within
Canada and to/from the US will cost 79 cents/minute?

I got further confused when I asked the Cingular representative about
the cost of receiving calls to our cellphone while in Canada or making
calls back to the US, and she suggested an international plan that
costs $3.99/month, which would allow us to make or receive calls
to/from the US while in Canada for 19 cents/minute. She claimed that,
without this international plan, she no way of knowing what the
Canadian service providers would charge for outbound calls to the US.
We could cancel that plan when we return from Canada.

Can someone clarify all this for me and suggest what would be the
best/cheapest way to use our cellphone for a two-day stay in Canada?
We'd also want to either have our home landline voice-mail messages
forward to our Cingular voice-mail or to dial the US and retrieve
those messages directly. FWIW, we have a 1000 minute/month Cingular
Nation-Family Talk plan.

TIA.




Alan
Anonymous
August 2, 2004 9:55:27 AM

Archived from groups: alt.cellular.cingular (More info?)

You just pay $.79/minute to make or receive calls. You just have to call
Cingular so they can switch on international roaming for your phone(s).
They do this mostly for theft, I think. You wouldn't want somebody to
steal your phone and use it in another country, racking up hundreds of
dollars in fees.

Alan Rosenfeld wrote:

> My family is going to be visiting Saint John, NB, and Halifax, NS, for
> two days in late August during a cruise. We'd like to have at least
> one of our Sony Ericsson GSM phones on hand in case we need to
> make/receive a local (i.e., Canadian) or US call while in either of
> those provinces.
>
> After reviewing the Cingular website and speaking to a Cingular
> representative, I'm confused as to what I'll have to do in advance of
> our trip. Do I have to activate international roaming, which I gather
> is free, except for the calls? What will be the rates for calling in
> Canada or back to the US? I saw a 79 cent/minute charge for calls
> made via the Fido or Rogers networks; does that mean the calls within
> Canada and to/from the US will cost 79 cents/minute?
>
> I got further confused when I asked the Cingular representative about
> the cost of receiving calls to our cellphone while in Canada or making
> calls back to the US, and she suggested an international plan that
> costs $3.99/month, which would allow us to make or receive calls
> to/from the US while in Canada for 19 cents/minute. She claimed that,
> without this international plan, she no way of knowing what the
> Canadian service providers would charge for outbound calls to the US.
> We could cancel that plan when we return from Canada.
>
> Can someone clarify all this for me and suggest what would be the
> best/cheapest way to use our cellphone for a two-day stay in Canada?
> We'd also want to either have our home landline voice-mail messages
> forward to our Cingular voice-mail or to dial the US and retrieve
> those messages directly. FWIW, we have a 1000 minute/month Cingular
> Nation-Family Talk plan.
>
> TIA.
>
>
>
>
> Alan
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