what is roaming??

United States
July 31, 2008 9:21am CST
I have my own little tracfone that is good enough for me here around my small town and sometimes my son takes it with him when he goes out. Well , my hubby is a truck driver who needed his own cell phone and he got a bluetooth thing and sometimes he says it is roaming..... what the hell is that?? I am not up on cell phones and do not know what terms and stuff are.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
31 Jul 08
Every cellular company maintains towers to provide signals/cell use capability in a certain area. If you are in an area, where your company does not have a tower to catch the signal from your cell phone, another company's tower will do that. Your company has to pay a fee for the tower usage and passes that on to you in form of a 'roaming' fee. You are essentially outside your provider's service area. Sometimes they have contracts with other cellular providers to provide service for each other's customers. Then you use the other company's tower free of charge as if you were in your own company's zone. Therefore, when your husband says he is "roaming", he can still make and receive calls, but it's essentially on another provider's cellular network and costs more. You also usually cannot use your free minutes and stuff. Thus, if you have a certain time in which calls are normally free or you have free mobile to mobile, that only applies in your provider's zone. If you are roaming, you have to pay, and often a higher rate per minute. Hope this explains it.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
31 Jul 08
You better check your cell phone plan because he could be wracking up big charges. If you have a plan that lets you all over the U.S., you're fine. But if you have a plan that only allows you to call free within a certain calling area, you can get charged a very high fee to call when you're 'roaming' (outside of your calling area). Some charge as much as .30-.40 per minute if you're roaming. You'd better check that out today.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Almost all MAJOR cell. phone service providers own their towers... Some companies more than others as for the number of towers they own... Some of the smaller companies, or just for the convinient or fiancial issues, have contract with other service providers to "borrow" or use their cell. towers... When you leave the tower which is owned by the company you signed up with, & start using towers that belong to other companies, that's roaming...
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
1 Aug 08
It's almost like being able to take your handset part of cordless phone from your house & being able to use it in your friend's house... In a simplest term, handset part of your cordless phone will link to the base of your friend's cordless phone & being able to make calls...
• India
22 Jun 09
hii dear friend..nice to meet you here..I had so many experiences on roaming...5 days back i am in roaming,,That is for 19 days i am in roaming and i come to my native 5 days back..The rates of roaming for the mobiles is very high..they will be charged for incoming calls as well as outgoing calls...It is too hard to maintain the mobile in roaming...We cant able to lift all the calls..I will only lift the calls which are important to me only..I think that in my state all the operators will charge same for the roaming calls..It is better to leave the mobile in roaming..HAppy mylotting dear friend..have a nice day..keep smiling..
@venkygec (783)
• India
31 Jul 08
Suppose you buy a sim card in one particular state... If you go out of that state you are said to be on roaming... Romaing charges are diffent from non-roaming charges... In our country... Incoming calls are free for non-roaming customes... and are charged for roaming customers... But outgoing call rates remain same... so hope you understood what is roaming...