US Roaming Charges while physically present in Canada

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I am currently in Abbotsford BC Canada and got a text message from Kooko mobile "Welcoming me to the US and offering roaming and call rates for the US". Could I get US roaming charges when I am in Canada and using my phone in Canada just because I am immediately across the border from the US? If so, how do I prevent this. I have currently placed my phone on Airplane mode.
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Posted 3 years ago

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David, Mobile Master

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Yes, you would attract roaming costs when connected to a USA based cellular site. Radio waves do not respect the international border.

You can change the carrier settings on your phone from Automatic to Koodo:
iPhone: Settings > Carrier > turn off automatic and choose Koodo from the options which will populate in a few minutes

Android: (From Chad Burr 5 months ago)
Settings... Connections... Wireless and networks.. Network selection

Set to manual

Allow the phone to scab which can take up to 2 minutes

Choose telus or koodo

Keep in mind this disables roaming so if you actually want to roam, put network selection back to ahtomatic.
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I live/work near the US border. Manually choosing Koodo or Telus as the carrier will keep your phone alive and do no $$$ harm near or away from the border.

Sometime US signals near the border are stronger than the Canadian ones.

That text message is a good heads up.
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Update for Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop):
Goto Settings > Mobile networks > Network operators allow to scan, and then choose Telus or Koodo
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dfbut and Bob thanks for your helpful replies I have corrected the issue based on your instructions.

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