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Sprint Testing EV-DO Roaming To Canada

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Mar 7, 2006, 4:46 PM   by (staff)

A Bell Canada spokesperson has said that Sprint EV-DO cards will now work on their growing EV-DO network. Sprint confirmed the two carriers are testing a 3G roaming agreement that will let users cross international borders using their current EV-DO PC Cards. Currently users will not be charged any additional fees, however this may change once roaming is officially launched. Although many UMTS operators have international roaming agreements in place, this appears to be one of the first international EV-DO roaming agreements.

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Mar 7, 2006, 5:51 PM

That is typical!!

Why are they not rolling out the secondary markets before this?? It's been forever in our market and we still haven't gotten Ev-DO!!! 😡
well, the secondary markets arent as important to first markets as well as other growht markets, and they feel that this market they will enter will be a growth one instead of secondary markets..

by the way, ev-do rev o will be expanding in 2006. ...
maybe Sprint feels that a lot of the people who are signed up for EVDO data cards are more likely to travel to Canada (meaning tons of ROAMING revenue for them) than there are new domestic sign ups in secondary markets. Telus is probably putting most...
To be short and to the point:

Sprint could potentially get more money from Canadian roamers in primary markets than their own customers in secondary markets.

Mar 7, 2006, 7:48 PM

Who cares- give me decent voice roaming rates!!

I couldn't care less about EV-DO, but I sure wish Sprint or other carriers would give decent deals on roaming rates in Canada! ~$0.80/minute (incl. long distance), WTF? Can the cost really be that high, or are they just making a killing? At least one of the Canadian carriers (can't remember which one right now) gives very decent rates to Canadians while in the US, so what gives? When I go to Canada, I go to great lengths to not use my Sprint phone, whereas if the roaming rate were more like $0.15/minute (incl. long distance) I'd actually use it.
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