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Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Aboutdakota, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Aboutdakota

    Aboutdakota Guest

    I had heard of people who have Verizon's service near the Canadian
    border were constantly receiving text messages (but those did not show
    up on billing statements). Basically what the text messages say is
    something along these lines, "Welcome to Canada. You are roaming on the
    SaskTel Mobility Network. For more information, please call 611." He
    was never billed for the text messages, but he was wondering about
    having the capability removed since he never uses it anyway.

    One of my friends who lives near the border, said that he has gotten as
    many as 25 of these messages in a single day. I was up visiting, and I
    noticed I got text messages, too, but at a much lower frequency. I had
    my Cingular GAIT phone, and I too got that same message once or twice.
    My text messages were usually along these lines, "Welcome to Canada and
    to the Rogers AT&T Network." However, when the phone was switching from
    GSM to AMPS or back again, the text messages did not appear. The text
    messages only appeared when I would pick up signal from an American
    tower, then it would switch back to a Canadian tower. I am guessing I
    had not received too many messages because my phone displayed "Rogers
    AT&T", indicating I had pretty much locked on to Rogers AT&T signal,
    mostly GSM, but at a few times TDMA.

    Has anybody else experienced this? Where he lives, VZW signal is strong
    in town, but a few miles out it gets weak, and he lives just out of
    town. Obviously, his phone is switching from VZW to STM, and back again.

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  2. MVL

    MVL Guest

    When I was in Europe with a GSM phone, every country/cellco I went to
    sent this text message (also happenned in Hong Kong). It is a
    customary roaming welcome message. Usually it is accompanied with
    dialing instructions (dialing prefixes, local equivalent of our 411,
    611, 911 etc).

    You probably are picking up and dropping the canadian signal, and each
    time you pick it up the company treats you as a new roamer and sends
    you a welcome message. You can force your phone onto the american
    SID, so that it doesn't hit the canadian signal. If you post the
    particular phone model, someone in this group can tell you the
    process.

    -MVL
     
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Frighteningly, I remember when US carriers would automatically call you
    when you entered a new market. Within several minutes, the phone would
    ring, and, as I recall... "Welcome to Contel Cellular. This call is free
    of charge. While visiting Richmond, please follow these instructions to
    complete your call..."

    Steve


    On Wed, 19 Nov 2003, MVL wrote:

    > When I was in Europe with a GSM phone, every country/cellco I went to
    > sent this text message (also happenned in Hong Kong). It is a
    > customary roaming welcome message. Usually it is accompanied with
    > dialing instructions (dialing prefixes, local equivalent of our 411,
    > 611, 911 etc).
    >
    > You probably are picking up and dropping the canadian signal, and each
    > time you pick it up the company treats you as a new roamer and sends
    > you a welcome message. You can force your phone onto the american
    > SID, so that it doesn't hit the canadian signal. If you post the
    > particular phone model, someone in this group can tell you the
    > process.
    >
    > -MVL
    >



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