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    can someone explain to me digital roaming? thanks!
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    I'm sure the more "cellular-educated" will dislike this simple explanation but here goes:

    With Sprint for example this means you are out of the Sprint owned area but still in a digital cell zone owned by another carrier who has an agreement with Sprint to carry their calls.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong (like I had to say that )
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    Cellular Phone Glossary

    An agreement between two or more wireless telephone companies outlining the terms and conditions under which the participating companies will provide wireless service to each others subscribers. Roaming agreements commonly are used where no one company can offer complete national and international coverage

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    Sprint has a set of rate plans which allow unlimited digital roaming (which I assume is on Verizon's system). I left the brochure at the office, but I think it was about $10, or at most $15, per month more than a regular plan. If you have ever been hit unexpectedly with roaming (and roaming long distance) charges, it doesn't take many calls to exceed this cost difference.

    This would allow much broader CDMA coverage.
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    Sprint has what they call Free and Clear America plans which are only $5 more per month. These plans include analogue roaming for free, as long as 50% of your minutes are used in a digital zone. Digital roaming is and always has been free for Sprint.
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    Originally posted by angrytaxman
    Sprint has what they call Free and Clear America plans which are only $5 more per month. These plans include analogue roaming for free, as long as 50% of your minutes are used in a digital zone. Digital roaming is and always has been free for Sprint.
    The Free and Clear America Plans are $10 more than traditional Free and Clear Plans. To be more specific, you have "unlimited" roaming as long as you roam no more than 50% of the minutes you use on network. Meaning, if you use 500 minutes on network, you can use up to 250 minutes off network.

    Digital roaming is absolutely, positively NOT free. If you roam off Sprint's network whether digitally or by analog via AMPS, it's considered roaming. Without the FCA plan, it's $.50 per minute plus $.25 for long distance. This applies to digital and analog. If you get FCA then there are none of these charges.
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    Originally posted by SprintTreo600
    can someone explain to me digital roaming? thanks!
    Back in the day, cellular carriers were analog (1G). They've shifted over to digital (2G). Most of these carriers left analog networks in place because analog has better coverage in rural areas than digital. When you roam on analog, you're on another carrier's analog network that has an agreement with Sprint to carry their calls.

    Sprint and Verizon have CDMA networks where as the others are TDMA, GSM, and iDEN. Sprint can't roam digitally on these other ones because they have different networks. So to roam on them, AT&T for example, you use analog. Since Verizon is CDMA, you can roam digitally on Verizon. In an urban area, it's probably better, but in rural areas, you might need analog.
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    I don't see any of this information posted on Sprint's website. Do you know where I can locate it?
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    I took my T600 on a camping trip this weekend about 90 miles NW of Atlanta. Once outside of the metro ATL area, the ride is all rural. I was first surprised at the extended coverage SPRINT had in some of the rural areas. Much better than I remember going thru some of the same areas last year.

    Once I lost my Sprint signal, I immediately switched to digital roaming and a signal the entire trip as well as at the campsite which is in the absolute middle of nowhere. I made a few phone calls and it worked great. I assume I was roaming on Verizon's network, who has obviously replaced many of their rural analog sites with digital coverate...... very impressive! At our camp, the only people who had cell phones that worked were the Verizon guys. No ATT, no Tmobile, and NO Cingular.

    I think the T600 is better without analog roaming, especially seeing how big Verizon's coverage is. You actually get the best of all worlds, you get the coolest phone available, on Sprint which has good rate plans, better than average coverage in most larger cities and towns, and a great data network. For the times when you need to roam, you can roam on Verizon's very impressive network and still have the coverage you need.

    In all the times I roamed with my Samsung i300, the analog roaming really was terrible with it, not to mention how quickly it killed the battery. Analog is in my rear view mirror, and I am not looking back.
    Carl
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    Originally posted by CarlGalgano
    Once I lost my Sprint signal, I immediately switched to digital roaming
    Was the switch to roam automatic or did you have to actually set it up on your T600?
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    I'm roaming in Europe now withT-Mobile on a 270. That why I am waiting for the GSM Version of the 600. International roaming.
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    FYI I have the free and clear addition to my plan for $5 not $10. There is a whole thread on sprintusers.com on the freeand clear America plan. Lots of people are getting it added for $5. It depends on where you are.
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    Originally posted by bbdwebz

    Was the switch to roam automatic or did you have to actually set it up on your T600?
    I hang my T600 from my rear view mirror in the car using a belt clip with a tape type adhesive. I like the phone there so when it rings I dont have to fumble for it or take my eyes off the road.

    Anyway, I had the service tone on (it makes a noice if you lose/gain coverage) and heard it lose the sprint signal. About 5 seconds later, the tone played again and the screen said "roaming" on the left side where it usually says "Sprint" and on the right side of the display where the antenna signal meter is, there is a capital R to the left of the signal strength meter. I have my phone set to allow digital roaming. (in phone options).

    Also, the LED blinks green even when roaming and always red when no coverage. I think it was my Startac that blinked green when it was on Sprint, Red when it had no service and orange when it was roaming.
    Carl
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    Do you have an option on tre treo 600 that you can set to no roaming in digital if you want
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    Originally posted by prospects
    Do you have an option on tre treo 600 that you can set to no roaming in digital if you want
    Yup, there is an option in the phone options that says "enable digital roaming" (it is a checkbox).
    Carl
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    I agree with every word CarlGalgano said.
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    Verizon is 800MHz and Sprint is 1900MHz. Lower frequnecy radio tends to go better through buildings etc. and that's one of the reasons for Verizon's better coverage.

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