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  1. #1
    dave
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    Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for
    "one month only"?

    How do you know if your'e covered while roaming?
    Does the call simply go through or it doesn't? BEST CHOICE
    OR is there some trickery involved, that you really never
    know when your'e covered--as long as you've made that FATEFUL DECISION
    to set your phone to roam?

    How do you really ever know if your roaming is covered or you're
    treated to the special "uncovered" $1/min roaming charge?

    OR, IS IT not worth the headaches and stay Digital only and relax and
    enjoy vacation.

    Gotta go traveling next mo to DC, Philadelphia, and Toms River, NJ
    Just wondering weather its worth it to add a phone and roaming
    to my retention plan.

    Thanks in advance






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  2. #2
    Røbert M.
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    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article
    <[email protected]m>,
    "dave" <> wrote:

    > Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for
    > "one month only"?
    >
    > How do you know if your'e covered while roaming?


    You'd check your account on the web and see if it showed the F&CA option.
    And then print it out for evidence.


    > Does the call simply go through or it doesn't? BEST CHOICE
    > OR is there some trickery involved, that you really never
    > know when your'e covered--as long as you've made that FATEFUL DECISION
    > to set your phone to roam?
    >
    > How do you really ever know if your roaming is covered or you're
    > treated to the special "uncovered" $1/min roaming charge?
    >
    > OR, IS IT not worth the headaches and stay Digital only and relax and
    > enjoy vacation.
    >
    > Gotta go traveling next mo to DC, Philadelphia, and Toms River, NJ
    > Just wondering weather its worth it to add a phone and roaming
    > to my retention plan.
    >
    > Thanks in advance




  3. #3
    RAF
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    dave wrote:

    > Gotta go traveling next mo to DC, Philadelphia, and Toms River, NJ
    > Just wondering weather its worth it to add a phone and roaming
    > to my retention plan.


    You'll have no trouble acquiring a Sprint signal nearly anywhere in DC
    or Philly. Toms River area may be spotty, particularly west of the
    Garden State Parkway.





  4. #4
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article <[email protected]
    1087143470.nulluser.com>, "dave" <> says...
    > Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for=20
    > "one month only"? =20
    >=20
    > How do you know if your'e covered while roaming?
    > Does the call simply go through or it doesn't? BEST CHOICE
    > OR is there some trickery involved, that you really never=20
    > know when your'e covered--as long as you've made that FATEFUL DECISION=20
    > to set your phone to roam? =20
    >=20
    > How do you really ever know if your roaming is covered or you're=20
    > treated to the special "uncovered" $1/min roaming charge?
    >=20
    > OR, IS IT not worth the headaches and stay Digital only and relax and=20
    > enjoy vacation.
    >=20
    > Gotta go traveling next mo to DC, Philadelphia, and Toms River, NJ
    > Just wondering weather its worth it to add a phone and roaming
    > to my retention plan.
    >=20
    > Thanks in advance
    >=20
    >=20
    >=20
    >=20


    If you get the $5 option added to your account, then you're covered=20
    as long as the call goes straight through. If you're not covered,=20
    your call will be diverted to whatever customer service center covers=20
    that signal, and get asked for a credit card.

    If you have F&CA, and you can take or make a call without that kind=20
    of diversion, you're covered.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them



  5. #5
    JRW
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    O/Siris wrote:

    > If you get the $5 option added to your account, then you're covered
    > as long as the call goes straight through. If you're not covered,
    > your call will be diverted to whatever customer service center covers
    > that signal, and get asked for a credit card.



    Befoe I added it, I was just paying the roaming charges, no CC needed,
    but that might have been the market I was roaming in.




  6. #6
    Robert M.
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    JRW <[email protected]_.com> wrote:

    > O/Siris wrote:
    >
    > > If you get the $5 option added to your account, then you're covered
    > > as long as the call goes straight through. If you're not covered,
    > > your call will be diverted to whatever customer service center covers
    > > that signal, and get asked for a credit card.

    >
    >
    > Befoe I added it, I was just paying the roaming charges, no CC needed,
    > but that might have been the market I was roaming in.


    or maybe, as is commonly the case, O/sirus doesn't know as much as he
    pretends.



  7. #7
    Steven J Sobol
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    Robert M. <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> O/Siris wrote:
    >>
    >> > If you get the $5 option added to your account, then you're covered
    >> > as long as the call goes straight through. If you're not covered,
    >> > your call will be diverted to whatever customer service center covers
    >> > that signal, and get asked for a credit card.

    >>
    >>
    >> Befoe I added it, I was just paying the roaming charges, no CC needed,
    >> but that might have been the market I was roaming in.

    >
    > or maybe, as is commonly the case, O/sirus doesn't know as much as he
    > pretends.


    Jeez, neither you nor JRW were paying attention to Rob, were you? He said
    that as long as you're in an area covered by a Sprint roaming agreement with
    some other carrier, you're fine. If you don't have FCA, you end up with
    roaming charges but the call still goes through. "If you're not covered" means
    "if you're not in an area where Sprint has native coverage, and if the area
    is not covered by a company with whom Sprint has a roaming agreement" -
    and you WILL ALWAYS know if you don't have Sprint coverage or coverage via
    one of Sprint's roaming partners, because if that's the case, you will end
    up needing a credit card to complete the call.

    "If you're not covered" doesn't mean "if you don't have FCA", as y'all
    apparently think.

    In other words:

    On Sprint's network - no roaming charges
    On a roaming partner's network, with FCA - no roaming charges
    On a roaming partner's network, no FCA - roaming fees appear on your bill
    On a network not covered by a Sprint roaming agreement - pay up front
    with a credit card and probably get gouged...

    The last situation should not happen often, if at all.


    --
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  8. #8
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    [email protected]_.com says...
    >=20
    > Befoe I added it, I was just paying the roaming charges, no CC needed,=20
    > but that might have been the market I was roaming in.
    >=20


    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply this changed anything. The OP was=20
    simply asking when he'd be covered under F&CA. Those areas where you=20
    roam without being directed for a Credit Card cost $0.50/min w/o=20
    F&CA. Under F&CA, they're covered. It was just an easy way to know=20
    one is covered.

    --=20
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for Sprint PCS
    I *don't* speak for them



  9. #9

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    O/Siris wrote> >

    > If you get the $5 option added to your account, then you're covered
    > as long as the call goes straight through. If you're not covered,
    > your call will be diverted to whatever customer service center covers
    > that signal, and get asked for a credit card.
    >
    > If you have F&CA, and you can take or make a call without that kind
    > of diversion, you're covered.
    >



    Isn't this MUCH EASIER than Verizons way of handling it?
    Dont they have a roam icon "on", or "flashing", to notify you?
    Seemed to be confusing to me. Too much to go wrong it seemed.
    I also have a single rate west plan with Verizon and never have to
    worry about ANY ROAMING, because on those plans they guarantee to EAT
    THE CHARGES, if any.

    But anyway I like Sprints approach much better. It either WORKS or it
    DOESN'T.

    For all you experts out there are Sprints roaming areas as generous as
    Verizons overall? (F&CAmerica vs Americas Choice) Doesn't matter that
    much anyway, since I hardly EVER leave my home Sprint metro area, and
    have 12 western states no roaming with verizon as a back up when
    traveling.

    Thanks for answering, Rob

    > --
    > RØß
    > O/Siris
    > I work for Sprint PCS
    > I *don't* speak for them







  10. #10
    dave
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    Steven J Sobol wrote:


    > In other words:
    >
    > On Sprint's network - no roaming charges
    > On a roaming partner's network, with FCA - no roaming charges
    > On a roaming partner's network, no FCA - roaming fees appear on your

    bill
    > On a network not covered by a Sprint roaming agreement - pay up front
    > with a credit card and probably get gouged...
    >
    > The last situation should not happen often, if at all.



    Clear and Simple!


    Oh, yes, I almost forgot, as the topic to this thread asks, would
    Sprint let me add the $5 "roaming included" charge for one month only?
    Or is that a commitment type of thing?

    Thanks again!





  11. #11
    Andrew J Shepherd
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    [email protected] wrote:
    > For all you experts out there are Sprints roaming areas as generous

    as
    > Verizons overall? (F&CAmerica vs Americas Choice) Doesn't matter

    that
    > much anyway, since I hardly EVER leave my home Sprint metro area, and


    > have 12 western states no roaming with verizon as a back up when
    > traveling.


    Actually, Sprint PCS Free & Clear America provides significantly more
    extensive included coverage than VZW America's Choice & marginally even
    than SingleRate. SPCS F&CA is the most comprehensive coverage package
    available in the industry -- trumping the aforementioned VZW plans,
    AT&TWS Digital One Rate or GSM America, Cingular Nation (GSM, TDMA, or
    GAIT), T-Mobile National Get More America, & ALLTEL National Freedom.

    Because SPCS long declined to offer an included roaming &/or preferred
    network plan, because all roaming charges incurred were directly
    billable to the subscriber, SPCS held the unparalleled flexibility to
    strike the widest possible range of roaming agreements. That legacy of
    agreements -- though it is diminishing somewhat as time goes by -- has
    enabled F&CA to surpass the included coverage provided by the other
    carriers' national plans.

    In many markets, SPCS still has roaming agreements & PRL entries for
    both the A-side & B-side Cellular licensees -- something that is almost
    unheard of for VZW or Cingular. Call it redundant, but locations
    certainly do exist where the A-side provides coverage but the B-side
    does not or vice versa. However, as evidenced by the updates in recent
    PRLs, SPCS is paring down some of the redundant agreements -- removing
    numerous AT&TWS markets in particular -- in order to favor primarily
    VZW, WWC, USCC, or ALLTEL CDMA 800 roaming. Previous philosophy had
    been to enact nearly all feasible roaming accords -- regardless of
    technology -- or perhaps even to favor AMPS as an unflattering contrast
    to the clarity of the SPCS network. Current strategy seems to be to
    reduce AMPS roaming, to prioritize CDMA 800 digital roaming wherever
    possible -- at the possible expense of overall coverage -- a dramatic
    change in philosophy.

    As a concrete example, I offer my experience in northeastern Oklahoma
    over the weekend. I use a CDMA 1900 + AMPS dual-mode handset w/ PRL
    10015 -- numerous generations behind the current PRL -- though I retain
    it for observational reasons just such as this. In the region in which
    I was traveling, AT&TWS A-side AMPS SID 111 seemed to have top priority
    in PRL 10015. USCC B-side AMPS SID 166 was of lesser priority --
    though both are assuredly in PRL 10015. In the current PRL 10024, USCC
    SID 166 is now top priority. AT&TWS SID 111 is now completely omitted;
    the roaming agreement has been severed. When my handset preferred to
    roam on AT&TWS AMPS, if I attempted to initiate an outgoing call, the
    access attempt would be rejected & the handset would bounce over to the
    USCC B-side before the call would be connected. Somewhat ironically --
    if my characterization of roaming philosophy is taken to be accurate --
    PRL 10024 has greatly increased USCC SID 166 in priority, but SID 166
    is now also ACQ INDEX 4 which mandates AMPS roaming for capable
    handsets. Conversely, old old PRL 10015 includes USCC SID 166 at
    lesser priority but w/ ACQ INDEX 37 which allows for CDMA 800 roaming
    -- oddly even before the USCC CDMA1x 800 overlay was in place in Tulsa
    if I recall correctly.

    Andrew
    --
    Andrew Shepherd
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    http://www.wirelesswavelength.com/




  12. #12
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?


    <dave> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]m...
    <snipped>
    > Oh, yes, I almost forgot, as the topic to this thread asks, would
    > Sprint let me add the $5 "roaming included" charge for one month only?
    > Or is that a commitment type of thing?
    >
    > Thanks again!


    Yes, that is an option you can add or take off, without having to extend
    your annual agreement.

    Bob





  13. #13

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article
    <[email protected]m>, "dave" <>
    wrote:
    > Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for
    > "one month only"?


    I believe it is permitted to put on FCA for just one month. The $5 version may
    not be available to affliate markets. Also beware that since the roaming usage
    data is of course collected by another carrier first, then transmitted to
    Sprint for billing, that it can take days or weeks for this info to be
    exchanged and that roaming usage hits your account only AFTER Sprint
    has received it from the other carriers. That is, you get charged when the
    usage data hits your account, NOT the actual point in time of your usage.
    Therefore, particularly if your roaming usage is towards the end of your
    billing cycle, you may need to leave on FCA for two months, to fully cover
    roaming usage from the prior month.



  14. #14
    Røbert M.
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] wrote:

    > In article
    > <[email protected]m>, "dave"
    > <>
    > wrote:
    > > Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for
    > > "one month only"?

    >
    > I believe it is permitted to put on FCA for just one month. The $5 version
    > may
    > not be available to affliate markets. Also beware that since the roaming
    > usage
    > data is of course collected by another carrier first, then transmitted to
    > Sprint for billing, that it can take days or weeks for this info to be
    > exchanged and that roaming usage hits your account only AFTER Sprint
    > has received it from the other carriers. That is, you get charged when the
    > usage data hits your account, NOT the actual point in time of your usage.
    > Therefore, particularly if your roaming usage is towards the end of your
    > billing cycle, you may need to leave on FCA for two months, to fully cover
    > roaming usage from the prior month.


    Heaven forfend SprintPCS be customer friendly and billing according to
    when the time was used. Didn't AT&T get sued over such a delayed billing
    practice?



  15. #15
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: add F&C America roaming for one month?


    "Røbert M." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > > In article
    > > <[email protected]m>,

    "dave"
    > > <>
    > > wrote:
    > > > Any one know if you can add the $5/mo roaming charge for
    > > > "one month only"?

    > >
    > > I believe it is permitted to put on FCA for just one month. The $5

    version
    > > may
    > > not be available to affliate markets. Also beware that since the roaming
    > > usage
    > > data is of course collected by another carrier first, then transmitted

    to
    > > Sprint for billing, that it can take days or weeks for this info to be
    > > exchanged and that roaming usage hits your account only AFTER Sprint
    > > has received it from the other carriers. That is, you get charged when

    the
    > > usage data hits your account, NOT the actual point in time of your

    usage.
    > > Therefore, particularly if your roaming usage is towards the end of your
    > > billing cycle, you may need to leave on FCA for two months, to fully

    cover
    > > roaming usage from the prior month.

    >
    > Heaven forfend SprintPCS be customer friendly and billing according to
    > when the time was used. Didn't AT&T get sued over such a delayed billing
    > practice?


    Forfend? That's a bit of an old word ... So, you are blaming SPCS for
    another carrier's delay in sending their bill to them for roaming calls?
    Last time I was in the Cayman Islands, it took 2 to 3 months for the calls
    to show up.

    Once again, another false complaint Phillipe ...

    Bob





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