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Verizon Announces Expanded International Roaming

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Apr 14, 2005, 2:25 PM   by (staff)

Verizon subscribers can now use their phones in 11 countries beyond the US border. Previously Verizon users could not leave North America with their CDMA handset, now the carrier has signed roaming agreements with networks in Bermuda, China, Dominican Republic, Israel, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan and Venezuela as well as Canada and Mexico. Calls while roaming outside the US are 69 cents per minutes and text messages, which are only available while in Canada and Dominican Republic, are 25 cents to send and 2 cents to receive. Although CDMA2000 is available in 45 countries, not all networks and frequencies are compatible with Verizon handsets. Verizon offers the dual mode CDMA / GSM Samsung A790 for roaming in over 100 countries.

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Apr 14, 2005, 3:05 PM

Rip Off

69c a minute? 25c to send a message? LOL What a joke! Go with GSM, way cheaper. You can at least buy a prepaid SIM card and just pop it in, you're good to go. 69 cents a minute... HAHA, OK!
i agree.
Hey, look at CellularOne (Western Wireless) ... in my area they charge $.59 roaming + &.10 long distance per minute!

I think that is not bad for roaming if its not going to be used alot. If you get a prepaid SIM card, you will have a phone number ...
Actually not really. Cingular charges the same amount for intl text messaging. And the basic intl rates run as follows(per minute!):
Mexico $0.49
Canada $0.59
Israel $0.69
Western Europe $1.49
Caribbean $1.49
Central/South America $2.19
You know what... I think you've never left the states mate. Where do you think pre-pay GSM is cheaper besides some 3rd world suck pit you wouldn't wanna go anyway?

Prepay rates for London
Carrier: 02 n 3... average rate is 35-40 pence per min......

Canada/Mexico $0.79/min

Canada, Mexico

Western Europe $1.29/min

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Irelan...

Apr 19, 2005, 12:44 AM

Puerto Rico???

So it was my understanding that Puerto Rico was part of the US, and also part of Verizon's coverage area.

Last summer when I was in Puerto Rico I made a number of phone calls and was never charged extra for them, just deducted from my normal minutes, so why now would calls there cost 69cents a minute??

As for expanding to other places, that's cool, but Puerto Rico should count as still being in the US, like it always has before now.
nope.. you're still good, it's part of the AC footprint

Apr 14, 2005, 2:38 PM

Just Announced?

This has been around for a while....
Shocked wow...they are really behind the times...
No, it is new.

Verizon has had CDMA roaming with a handful of countries before, such as Canada and South Korea, but countries like China are definitely new. This is huge news.

Apr 15, 2005, 12:00 AM

Promo stunt?

Surprised It is interesting that this is actually has been available for quite a while they just choose to announce it now. My phone works in bermuda and it only costs me $2 a minute! Sorry but I do not see why it would be worth using you're phone overseas unless it's an emergency.
Unfortunately, US cell phone companies chose to use European roaming costs as a basis for roaming charges. Roaming with US carriers is expensive.
I don't believe it is a promo stunt or a gimmick, I think Verizon just announced the new roaming agreements.
What this shows is the international growth of CDMA technology, especially in Asia and the developing nations. It was only natural that ther...
bones boy

Apr 14, 2005, 9:56 PM

CDMA in China and Israel??? Questions...

I guess I'm mostly suprised that all of these countries

Bermuda, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan and Venezuela

have CDMA networks running. Is that indeed the case?

Additionally, the original article states that...

They will be assisted through the process which includes dialing *228 to update their Preferred Roaming List wirelessly. Once back in the United States, customers dial *228 and select option 2 to change back to the Preferred Roaming List

Why is this? Can't they just "keep" the International PRL as an "appendage" of their regular PRL?

Any VZW folks in the know? Thanks.
Yes indeed. CDMA networks in China, Russia, India and most of South America. If things continue as they are, Asia could become a predominantly CDMA continent. South America is also building out CDMA in almost every country. The biggest surprises for m...
PRL stands for Preferred Roaming List. When traveling to other parts of the world, VZW will load a PRL that will let your phone pick up any CDMA signals. Those CDMA signals in the US might not be part of the VZW roaming partners, so you might incur ...

Apr 14, 2005, 3:47 PM

I think its nice progress

Sure .69 cents a minutes is crazy, but if you have verizon and are in one of those new countries atleast you can make a quick phone call if the need arise.
do you work for verizon or are you a verizon customer b/c you seem to favor them a lot more than any other company?...the whole situation can be considered progress but it still has been done before so all in all it is good to see that verizon is now ...
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