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    American Roaming Network?

    We're using an LG Env2 on PagePlus. It's activated in Nebraska with a Nebraska number, and are in Oklahoma right now.

    I just tried to make a call using the cell, and got a message that said, "Welcome to the American Roaming Network!..." It said to make a call using a PIN to press one, to buy airtime press two, and for 411 directory assistance to press three.

    I then tried to send a text (the phone has the PowerText 2000 plan) and it's been trying to send for several minutes.

    What's up with this? Am I just in a non-Verizon area? Do I have to buy time from another carrier to make a call?

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    dial *228 and do a roaming update. if that doesnt work then check the map. you probably are out of the native network.


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    try updating your phones PRL, dial *22890 then send....this should fix the issue....does your phone show a roaming icon of any kind??
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    Quote Originally Posted by prepaidcelluser
    We're using an LG Env2 on PagePlus. It's activated in Nebraska with a Nebraska number, and are in Oklahoma right now.

    I just tried to make a call using the cell, and got a message that said, "Welcome to the American Roaming Network!..." It said to make a call using a PIN to press one, to buy airtime press two, and for 411 directory assistance to press three.

    I then tried to send a text (the phone has the PowerText 2000 plan) and it's been trying to send for several minutes.

    What's up with this? Am I just in a non-Verizon area? Do I have to buy time from another carrier to make a call?
    Oklahoma is a pretty big state - not telling us where you are defeats the whole purpose of starting this thread. It's not like you're a secret agent or anything...

    Generally speaking, if you're not on the greater I-40/Route 66 corridor you are probably in roaming country. OK, KY and WV are the 3 states with a high percentage of roaming territory...

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Sorry - in NW Oklahoma. On the PP coverage map, it's in yellow (roaming).

    Both *228 and *22890 had the same result. The American Roaming Network "answered" as soon as I hit send, and the phone display said, "Programming in progress." I waited almost three minutes before hitting "end", at which time I got a "Programming unsuccessful!" message.

    Any other thoughts?

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    You will get America roaming network when you have no native coverage or authorized roaming coverage. Or your phone is deactivated. You can actualy buy airtime pins for ARN.

    I bought a $20 pin ( 25 cents a minute) from them about 2 years ago so I could use an analog bag phone. Worked until they killed off analog

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    Interesting.... and unfortunate. It doesn't show us as in a 'no coverage' - just roaming. That's too bad. We visit here fairly frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prepaidcelluser
    Interesting.... and unfortunate. It doesn't show us as in a 'no coverage' - just roaming. That's too bad. We visit here fairly frequently.
    might wanna start looking into another carrier then. usually, in my experiences, at&t covers where verizon doesn't. and vice versa. check the coverage maps of the big 4 and find out what can work for you out there.

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    It's possible your phone locked onto a small carrier. Turning it on and off again may have picked up an authorized roaming partner. Also you can't do prl updates while roaming.

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    You're most likely roaming on Pioneer Wireless.

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    This is how I got into Pageplus in the first place. I was building a casino in French Lick, IN (middle of nowhere) and only coverage was Verizon.

    So I got a cheap gas station phone that was pre-pay. It was a $20 Audiovox with page plus. After the job was complete, I just kept using the phone. A year later, I updated to a lg6000 and gave the Audiovox away.

    A year later, updated to an enV. Love my EnV. I've worn the front buttons down where I can't even read what I'm dialing.

    Sorry about life story. Just meant to say, try a carrier that is in both areas you frequent. Roaming on P+ is worse then a year on AT&T. (ok, nothing is that bad).

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    Quote Originally Posted by monomoy7
    You will get America roaming network when you have no native coverage or authorized roaming coverage. Or your phone is deactivated. You can actualy buy airtime pins for ARN.

    I bought a $20 pin ( 25 cents a minute) from them about 2 years ago so I could use an analog bag phone. Worked until they killed off analog
    ARN still offers PINs for manual roaming at as low as $0.25 per minute. http://www.americanroaming.com/retail_buy.php

    They supposedly do refills at $0.25, but that page is under construction at the moment.

    It's only for outbound calling, but at this price it would be worth it for the OP to have non-911 capability for the next year.

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    Yeah - we are in Pioneer country.

    All is not lost since we do have a Tracfone (interestingly that is activated on Verizon) and can make calls on that. The pageplus env is associated with a google voice number, and that's the number we've given people. The env is actually our sons, and he can use google voice to text on the computer once we get to Grandma's.

    It's mostly sad because I was going to ditch my Trac for PP. We would probably just have 30 service-less minutes in the car and then could get voicemails from the computer through google voice and return calls from Grandma's landline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prepaidcelluser
    Yeah - we are in Pioneer country.

    All is not lost since we do have a Tracfone (interestingly that is activated on Verizon) and can make calls on that. The pageplus env is associated with a google voice number, and that's the number we've given people. The env is actually our sons, and he can use google voice to text on the computer once we get to Grandma's.

    It's mostly sad because I was going to ditch my Trac for PP. We would probably just have 30 service-less minutes in the car and then could get voicemails from the computer through google voice and return calls from Grandma's landline.
    On Tracfone you pay more, but you get more - the Verizon plus preferred roaming network instead of just Verizon native coverage. It makes sense.

    Why not just point the GV number at the Tracfone until you get back to PP coverage?

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    Because the Tracfone is mine, and my super-texting son would use all my Tracfone minutes.

    Other than the fact that we come here 2-4 times/year, PagePlus, for our needs, really is probably the least expensive option. Our son uses about 15 minutes of talk time a month, so for about $2.50/month on average we can keep his PP account active, and for $10.00ish he can have 2000 texts. He does enough texting from the computer that 2000 on the phone is likely to be plenty.

    We have two Tracs -one activated on Verizon and one on AT&T. We'll probably keep my husband's Trac and I'll switch myself over to PP and all will be right with the world. DH uses about 70 minutes a YEAR on his Trac, and I seem to be using about 150/month on mine. I probably send/receive 40-50 texts/month. DH never uses texting. And since my Trac is associated with my Google Voice number, I can make the switch and nobody will ever know. If I really want service in the 30ish 'dead zone miles', I can travel with DH's phone... I guess...

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