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Anonymous
February 16, 2005 12:51:34 AM

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I keep reading about being able to roam in Australia but so far have been
unsuccessful.

When I am there I get a full signal strength and my clock date and time are
correct but cannot place any calls. When ever I call SPCS they say that you
cannot roam in Australia.

So, who are all of these people say that that latest PRL allows it????

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Anonymous
February 16, 2005 12:51:35 AM

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In article <G9uQd.332$DC6.96@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
> I keep reading about being able to roam in Australia but so far have been
> unsuccessful.
>
> When I am there I get a full signal strength and my clock date and time are
> correct but cannot place any calls. When ever I call SPCS they say that you
> cannot roam in Australia.
>
> So, who are all of these people say that that latest PRL allows it????
>

You have to call Sprint PCS at least 7 days in advance to use it while
travelling internationally. According to the Sprint PCS web site,
though, all coverage in Australia is GSM, so no, you can't roam there
anyway unless you rent a GSM phone from Sprint PCS. You the rental on
that phone PLUS fees for airtime. According to the web site, it's
$1.50/min to roam internationally in Sydney and in Melbourne, the two
cities I checked. It's an enormous URL, so just to the
www.sprintpcs.com, click on the SHOPPING tab, then "Plans & Coverage",
then "Network & Roaming", and finally, "International Roaming."

According to that site, there's a little bit of CDMA coverage in New
Zealand, but none in Australia. And *both* New Zealand and Australia
would go to war with you if you ever said they were the same country.
:) 

I'm sorry to say that, if you're already in Australia, Sprint can't help
you. Your best bet is to just get a pay-as-you-go phone and accept that
while you're in Australia.
Anonymous
February 16, 2005 7:12:07 PM

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"Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
news:1108511332.3a154c17ea3a9871f7f7491ec1e4ee47@teranews...
> In article <G9uQd.332$DC6.96@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
> gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
> > I keep reading about being able to roam in Australia but so far have
been
> > unsuccessful.
> >
> > When I am there I get a full signal strength and my clock date and time
are
> > correct but cannot place any calls. When ever I call SPCS they say that
you
> > cannot roam in Australia.
> >
> > So, who are all of these people say that that latest PRL allows it????
> >
>
> You have to call Sprint PCS at least 7 days in advance to use it while
> travelling internationally. According to the Sprint PCS web site,
> though, all coverage in Australia is GSM, so no, you can't roam there
> anyway unless you rent a GSM phone from Sprint PCS. You the rental on
> that phone PLUS fees for airtime. According to the web site, it's
> $1.50/min to roam internationally in Sydney and in Melbourne, the two
> cities I checked. It's an enormous URL, so just to the
> www.sprintpcs.com, click on the SHOPPING tab, then "Plans & Coverage",
> then "Network & Roaming", and finally, "International Roaming."
>
> According to that site, there's a little bit of CDMA coverage in New
> Zealand, but none in Australia. And *both* New Zealand and Australia
> would go to war with you if you ever said they were the same country.
> :) 
>
> I'm sorry to say that, if you're already in Australia, Sprint can't help
> you. Your best bet is to just get a pay-as-you-go phone and accept that
> while you're in Australia.

And according to http://cdg.org/worldwide/index.asp and selecting Australia
or NZ, there appears to be quite a bit of CDMA coverage on 800 MHz.

Bob
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February 17, 2005 1:08:24 AM

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"Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
news:1108511332.3a154c17ea3a9871f7f7491ec1e4ee47@teranews...
> In article <G9uQd.332$DC6.96@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
> gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
> > I keep reading about being able to roam in Australia but so far have
been
> > unsuccessful.
> >
> > When I am there I get a full signal strength and my clock date and time
are
> > correct but cannot place any calls. When ever I call SPCS they say that
you
> > cannot roam in Australia.
> >
> > So, who are all of these people say that that latest PRL allows it????
> >
>
> You have to call Sprint PCS at least 7 days in advance to use it while
> travelling internationally. According to the Sprint PCS web site,
> though, all coverage in Australia is GSM, so no, you can't roam there
> anyway unless you rent a GSM phone from Sprint PCS. You the rental on
> that phone PLUS fees for airtime. According to the web site, it's
> $1.50/min to roam internationally in Sydney and in Melbourne, the two
> cities I checked. It's an enormous URL, so just to the
> www.sprintpcs.com, click on the SHOPPING tab, then "Plans & Coverage",
> then "Network & Roaming", and finally, "International Roaming."
>
> According to that site, there's a little bit of CDMA coverage in New
> Zealand, but none in Australia. And *both* New Zealand and Australia
> would go to war with you if you ever said they were the same country.
> :) 
>
> I'm sorry to say that, if you're already in Australia, Sprint can't help
> you. Your best bet is to just get a pay-as-you-go phone and accept that
> while you're in Australia.

You're right about us going to war lest you suggest we're the same country.
However, in NZ, CDMA is the predominant network and has a larger coverage
than GSM. CDMA works all across Australia as we can roam to there with ease
on our CDMA handsets. Unfortunately it looks like my piece of info won't
help much since you failed to contact Sprint before you left.

Cheers, DD
Anonymous
February 17, 2005 1:08:25 AM

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<@xtra.co.nz> wrote in message news:D 4EQd.1818$1S4.199023@news.xtra.co.nz...
>
> "Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
> news:1108511332.3a154c17ea3a9871f7f7491ec1e4ee47@teranews...
>> In article <G9uQd.332$DC6.96@newssvr14.news.prodigy.com>,
>> gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
>> > I keep reading about being able to roam in Australia but so far have
> been
>> > unsuccessful.
>> >
>> > When I am there I get a full signal strength and my clock date and time
> are
>> > correct but cannot place any calls. When ever I call SPCS they say
>> > that
> you
>> > cannot roam in Australia.
>> >
>> > So, who are all of these people say that that latest PRL allows it????
>> >
>>
>> You have to call Sprint PCS at least 7 days in advance to use it while
>> travelling internationally. According to the Sprint PCS web site,
>> though, all coverage in Australia is GSM, so no, you can't roam there
>> anyway unless you rent a GSM phone from Sprint PCS. You the rental on
>> that phone PLUS fees for airtime. According to the web site, it's
>> $1.50/min to roam internationally in Sydney and in Melbourne, the two
>> cities I checked. It's an enormous URL, so just to the
>> www.sprintpcs.com, click on the SHOPPING tab, then "Plans & Coverage",
>> then "Network & Roaming", and finally, "International Roaming."
>>
>> According to that site, there's a little bit of CDMA coverage in New
>> Zealand, but none in Australia. And *both* New Zealand and Australia
>> would go to war with you if you ever said they were the same country.
>> :) 
>>
>> I'm sorry to say that, if you're already in Australia, Sprint can't help
>> you. Your best bet is to just get a pay-as-you-go phone and accept that
>> while you're in Australia.
>
> You're right about us going to war lest you suggest we're the same
> country.
> However, in NZ, CDMA is the predominant network and has a larger coverage
> than GSM. CDMA works all across Australia as we can roam to there with
> ease
> on our CDMA handsets. Unfortunately it looks like my piece of info won't
> help much since you failed to contact Sprint before you left.
>
> Cheers, DD
>

Thanks for the info. I am not actually in Australia right now. I travel
there a lot and use a GSM phone (Optus) when I am there. But it would be
nice to just use the SprintPCS phone since I know it would work. I guess
they just can't get CDMA roaming agreements in place yet. But then again,
Verizon is in the same boat.
Anonymous
February 17, 2005 2:15:11 AM

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In article <LzMQd.548$Pz7.423@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com>,
gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
> Thanks for the info. I am not actually in Australia right now. I travel
> there a lot and use a GSM phone (Optus) when I am there. But it would be
> nice to just use the SprintPCS phone since I know it would work. I guess
> they just can't get CDMA roaming agreements in place yet. But then again,
> Verizon is in the same boat.
>

Bob Smith said CDMA coverage in Australia is 800MHz. That explains why
your Sprint phone won't work there. I don't think that's a frequency
band that Sprint phones can access.

--
RØß
O/Siris
-+-
A thing moderately good
is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
+Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792+
Anonymous
February 17, 2005 9:02:28 AM

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"O/Siris" <rØbjvargas@comcâst.nêt> wrote in message
news:MPG.1c7de459af6523729896ad@newsgroups.comcast.net...
In article <LzMQd.548$Pz7.423@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com>,
gsm@lafredo_dot_com.com says...
> Thanks for the info. I am not actually in Australia right now. I travel
> there a lot and use a GSM phone (Optus) when I am there. But it would be
> nice to just use the SprintPCS phone since I know it would work. I guess
> they just can't get CDMA roaming agreements in place yet. But then again,
> Verizon is in the same boat.
>

Bob Smith said CDMA coverage in Australia is 800MHz. That explains why
your Sprint phone won't work there. I don't think that's a frequency
band that Sprint phones can access.

--
Actually Rob, I just passed on what cdg.org passed on ... As for the phone,
if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam. The only
consideration is if roaming agreements are in place with those Aussie & NZ
CDMA wireless providers ...

Bob
Anonymous
February 17, 2005 4:52:40 PM

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In article <UrWQd.3131$9J5.2742@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
> As for the phone,
> if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.
>

OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 
Anonymous
February 17, 2005 11:36:52 PM

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Any dual-band/tri-mode phone....i.e., most of the phones SprintPCS offers...

"Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
news:1108669951.5840fbe6a259dfd87a2a75fb81e9cd50@teranews...
> In article <UrWQd.3131$9J5.2742@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
> usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
>> As for the phone,
>> if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.
>>
>
> OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 
Anonymous
February 18, 2005 2:09:29 AM

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"Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
news:1108669951.5840fbe6a259dfd87a2a75fb81e9cd50@teranews...
> In article <UrWQd.3131$9J5.2742@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
> usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
> > As for the phone,
> > if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.
> >
>
> OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 

95% of the phones SPCS has been selling for the past 18 months have 800
Analog / 800 CDMA / 1900 CDMA

Bob
Anonymous
February 18, 2005 9:28:28 PM

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>usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
>> As for the phone,
>> if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.

Rob Vargas <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> replied:
>OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 

Samsung SPH-i300 & SPH-i330 (discontinued, eBay)
Samsung SPH-i500, listed under Phones & Accessories at
http://www1.sprintpcs.com/explore/ExploreHome.jsp
Anonymous
February 19, 2005 12:36:10 PM

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In article <Ju9Rd.5547$VI5.2728@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
>
> "Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rândâllind.com> wrote in message
> news:1108669951.5840fbe6a259dfd87a2a75fb81e9cd50@teranews...
> > In article <UrWQd.3131$9J5.2742@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
> > usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
> > > As for the phone,
> > > if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.
> > >
> >
> > OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 
>
> 95% of the phones SPCS has been selling for the past 18 months have 800
> Analog / 800 CDMA / 1900 CDMA
>
> Bob
>
>
>

There's *got* to be something about CDMA in Australia that's
incompatible, then. *or* that international roaming web site hasn't
been updated in forever. That site isn't concerned with whether CDMA
exists at all, only if it's compatible with Sprint PCS Phones.
According to it, though, Sprint phones won't work in Australia, and one
poster here appears to have confirmed that.

Are you sure it's 800, and not maybe 850 or 900?

--
RØß
O/Siris
-+-
A thing moderately good
is not so good as it ought to be.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue,
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
+Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792+
Anonymous
February 19, 2005 8:52:20 PM

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"O/Siris" <rØbjvargas@comcâst.nêt> wrote in message
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In article <Ju9Rd.5547$VI5.2728@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
>
> "Rob Vargas" <r.vargas@rbndbllind.com> wrote in message
> news:1108669951.5840fbe6a259dfd87a2a75fb81e9cd50@teranews...
> > In article <UrWQd.3131$9J5.2742@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net>,
> > usirsclt_No_Spam_@earthlink.net says...
> > > As for the phone,
> > > if it has 800 MHz digital capability, it should be able to roam.
> > >
> >
> > OK, then, find such a Sprint PCS phone :) 
>
> 95% of the phones SPCS has been selling for the past 18 months have 800
> Analog / 800 CDMA / 1900 CDMA
>
> Bob
>
>
>

There's *got* to be something about CDMA in Australia that's
incompatible, then. *or* that international roaming web site hasn't
been updated in forever. That site isn't concerned with whether CDMA
exists at all, only if it's compatible with Sprint PCS Phones.
According to it, though, Sprint phones won't work in Australia, and one
poster here appears to have confirmed that.

Are you sure it's 800, and not maybe 850 or 900?

--
RX_
O/Siris

Rob ... per http://cdg.org/worldwide/index.asp , then clicking on the Asia
link, then clicking on Australia on the map, all it mentions is 800 CDMA ...
Scroll down through the list ... When checking out Telstra -
http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/index.htm?tR=4hm , and their phone section,
they offer both GSM & CDMA phones. On the CDMA, their phones have 800 / 1900
MHz CDMA.

For Hutchinson, via their Orange Service,
http://www.orange.net.au/pages/Default.aspx?PageID=12&i... Their phones also
have 800/1900 MHz CDMA.

As for how old those web pages are on SPCS, and whether any roaming
information has been updated, I don't have a clue.

Bob
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