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Naive Question about Long Distance

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Mike Roman, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. Mike Roman

    Mike Roman Guest

    Jesse McGrew wrote:
    > Mike Roman wrote:
    >
    >> Suppose I had a prepaid "plan". Are LD minutes different from regular
    >> minutes? When VW says "Domestic Long Distance Included" and "
    >> Off-Network Per Minute Rate:99 cents", they're saying that LD is free
    >> in the US as long as I don't go "off-network", right?
    >>
    >> How do I determine if a person I want to call is "off-network"?

    >
    >
    > If domestic LD is included, then as long as you're on Verizon's network,
    > you can call anyone in the U.S. for the same price. The 99c/minute
    > charge is for when *you* are off the network (i.e. roaming), not the
    > person you're trying to call.


    Roaming is when I'm out of the area VZW serves??

    > When you use your VZW mobile phone to call another VZW mobile phone,
    > that's called "mobile to mobile" and is billed differently. On prepaid
    > plans, I believe M2M calls are billed at the night/weekend rate; on
    > monthly plans, you usually have a separate allotment of M2M minutes that
    > are used before your anytime minutes.


    How do I know if someone has a VZW mobile phone? Can I tell
    by the phone number?

    Thanks and apologies for being so ignorant!



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  2. Al Klein

    Al Klein Guest

    On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 20:26:17 -0500, Mike Roman <eschamp@fastmail.fm>
    posted in alt.cellular.verizon:

    >How do I know if someone has a VZW mobile phone? Can I tell
    >by the phone number?


    With number portability? No. The only way you can know is if they
    tell you.

    >Thanks and apologies for being so ignorant!


    We're all ignorant about something, and we were all born ignorant
    about everything.
  3. Jesse McGrew

    Jesse McGrew Guest

    Mike Roman wrote:
    > Roaming is when I'm out of the area VZW serves??


    That's essentially true, but the exact times you'll pay roaming charges
    depend on your plan.

    With some local plans, you can use your phone in a certain geographical
    area (e.g. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) for free, and you pay for
    roaming outside that area, no matter who actually owns the network
    you're using.

    With America's Choice plans, you can use Verizon's network anywhere in
    the country for free, and some other networks are also free (where VZW
    has negotiated a good rate), but you pay for roaming if you're someplace
    where VZW doesn't run a network and doesn't have another "preferred"
    network for you. The only way to know if you're paying roaming somewhere
    is to look at the indicator on your phone.

    With National SingleRate plans, you can use any network in the country
    for free, period. No roaming charges anywhere.

    > How do I know if someone has a VZW mobile phone? Can I tell by the phone
    > number?


    As Al Klein said, you'll have to ask them. Now that numbers are
    portable, any number can belong to any wireless carrier.

    Jesse
  4. Al Klein

    Al Klein Guest

    On Sat, 31 Jan 2004 14:23:58 -0800, Jesse McGrew
    <jmcgrew@hanshorseprestigepelican.com.remove.animals> posted in
    alt.cellular.verizon:

    >With America's Choice plans, you can use Verizon's network anywhere in
    >the country for free, and some other networks are also free (where VZW
    >has negotiated a good rate), but you pay for roaming if you're someplace
    >where VZW doesn't run a network and doesn't have another "preferred"
    >network for you.


    Or even if you're in a Verizon area, but you're in a spot that's dead
    for Verizon but your phone can pick up another carrier, but one that's
    not part of Verizon's extended network.

    >The only way to know if you're paying roaming somewhere
    >is to look at the indicator on your phone.


    Exactly.

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