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How to avoid long distance and roaming charges?

Many carriers claim to have calling plans to give you unlimited night and weekend minutes. But if you make a call or receive a call from certain geographical locations, your phone might route your calls through another carriers' network. And you get charged long distance and roaming.

How to avoid those long distance and roaming charges? Do some phones automatically route your calls throught another network, without you allowing it to? Is there a way to know, that your call will be routed through another carrier, before you dial the call?

Is there any way to know you have used up your free minutes?

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The calling plans and contracts are so long and difficult to understand, you have to be an accountant or lawyer to understnd them.

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I used to work for a wireless telecomm. company. There are many carriers with national plans. With any of them, you may end up roaming on a different carrier's network. With Verizon, there probably is the best national---U.S.---coverage. However, everything depends on your usage patterns. What's the coverage in YOUR CITY? Where do YOU travel to? It's a very localized choice. There are calling plans that make you immune to roaming charges, but you may have to pay more each month to hedge that position. Only go with those plans if you're getting killed---month after month---with outrageously high roaming charges. So yes, you can be roaming and not even know it. Sometimes you will know if you're roaming, but most times you will not. There may be a way to set your phone to only pick up the signal of your wireless provider's network---by manually setting your phone to their network only. But then, you may get more dropped calls.

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Some cell phone companies claim that they don't charge roaming and long distance, even on their basic plans. Is it true?

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I'm not sure about AT&T, T-Mobile, and Cingular that market the No Roaming and Long Distance Charges on the nationwide plan. I have Verizon Wireless and I'm on nationwide, but my nationwide is only good if I'm on their netowrk and on other carrier's networks where Verizon Wireless and other Wireless carriers (Alltel, US Cellular, and maybe Sprint, but don't know about that one) have agreements to allow roamong on their networks atno charge. I have to look at my roaming indicator carefully if it flashes or is solid. If it flashes, then I'm on a network in a region that Verizon Wireless has agreements with to roam on the other network at no charge. I have yet to travel in an area where my roaming indicator is solid. While using your phone, keep an eye on the roaming indicator. That'll determine whether you'll be charged for roaming or not.

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u go to ur options n ur phone and u set if u want ur phone to switch auto or stay on ur network that way i never go roaming unless i need to make a emergency call. btw i have sprintpcs if i have to use roaming n my coverage area i dont get charge phone and of course free long distance. not free international

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