July 29, 2005, Newsletter Issue #6: Cellphone.Lifetips.com Brings Your Tip of the Week!

Tip of the Week

Be Careful With Roaming

Roaming charges apply to cell phones when a user is outside of the carrier`s coverage area. Cell phones can only be used within a specified area (which will vary depending on the carrier and the plan chosen). If the user goes outside of the coverage area the cellular phones might still work but will technically be using another carrier. In such cases a roaming charge is applied to allow the user to place the call in a different carrier`s coverage area. These calls are really expensive and should be limited in use because they can increase the monthly bill drastically. In addition, if the user is over their minute allotment per-minute charges will also apply (not to mention potential long distance charges).

The nice thing about many mobile phones is that they have built-in roam detection. In other words, if the user is in a roaming area the phone will alert them before the call is placed. In addition, if the user knows they might be traveling or working in an area that will incur roaming charges, they can change their plan to one that allows unlimited roaming (depending on the carrier). In the long run, preventing roaming charges will definitely save users lots of money.

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