Roaming Question

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Hi! I am often driving near the US border and want to avoid inadvertently connecting to a US tower and incurring roaming charges.

Data is easy - I have "Roaming data" turned off (this is an Android phone, btw).

But for calls/texts it's a bit more complex. I know I can turn choose a specific carrier in my phone's settings (the default being "Choose automatically") so that seems good except I have two choices:

  1. Koodo 4G
  2. Koodo 3G

4G would appear to be the obvious choice but my question is am I limiting myself if I do so? For example, is the 3G choice there because I happen to be near two Telus towers with one being 4G and the other being 3G-only (if there's such a thing) and by choosing 4G I'm now preventing "falling back" to 3G if there's no 4G around?

Hope that makes sense. :)

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Posted 3 months ago

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Dinh, Mobile Master

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I think you went into a different setting for mobile network. That option was for mobile data.

To avoid accidental roaming, you need to change the automatic network selection to Manual.  You could go into Settings --> More --> Mobile Networks --> Network operator and select Koodo.
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Hi Dinh! Thanks for responding. :)

That is the section I'm talking about - here's a screenshot of what I see:

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lol, ok, yes, this is the one.
Which android phone are you using?

I would suggest you select Koodo 4G and then check if you can make calls or not. If you can make/receive call then it should be fine. If not, then you might be in trouble. You need to switch to Koodo 3G for make/receive calls.
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It's an ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom. So far calls/texts work on the 4G choice, and even changing the preferred net type to "3G" also works for data so I'll keep it here and see how it goes.

Thanks for responding. :)
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The phone might combine the network selection with Mobile Data option. I think the Koodo 4G is the correct one, as you can make/receive call on it (Koodo use 3G for talk/call as of now)