OK, first off the bat, I live in Vancouver, BC. And I have a Nokia 5125 (800 MHz) phone.
I have made some calls while on the American side and have found some "inconsistencies". I would like to know if any of you could fill me in with some answers.
When I used to get called out to work in Tsawwassen, I would drive across the border to Point Roberts, WA to gas up the car before heading back north home to Vancouver. As soon as I cross the border, my phone is still on "Home", using the Rogers site in Tsawwassen. However, when I finally arrive at the Chevron station in from of Marketplace, my phone starts roaming. My question is: is it roaming on Canadian Rogers AT&T sites on the Gulf Islands or on an American AT&T Wireless site in Blaine, WA or the San Juan Islands? (I did not make or receive any calls, so I don't know.)
OK, and here are a few roaming quirks. Once, en route to Seattle, immiediately after crossing through the US border at the Peace Arch, I received a call. It was still on "Home". But when I got the bill at the end of the month, the call was billed as "Roaming - In Victoria, BC". That's unusual because if I am physically in Victoria, my phone would say "Neutral" not "Home".
Similarly, when I was inside Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham, WA (which is a good 20 miles south of the border - but along the water), I received a call from home. When I got the bill, it was not charged as a roaming call on ATTWS, but as a Rogers AT&T roaming call from Victoria!!! So the Canadian Rogers signal from Victoria is stronger than the US ATTWS signal in Bellingham??? (And Victoria is 50+ miles across the Georgia Strait from Bellingham, WA.)
That means I only paid $0.25/minute for long distance, NOT $0.95/minute for US roaming in addition to the $0.25/minute long distance.
If you were on the Pt Roberts side, you were hitting a AT&T site, not a Rogers site. From what I heard from AT&T here in Seattle was that there was some sort of signal blocking device and users on Pt Roberts would hit a US tower, NOT a Rogers Tower. I worked in PT Roberts for a week in September and all my calls (service was awful anyway) did NOT get hit with the Canadian Roaming charge.
Originally posted by POG22 If you were on the Pt Roberts side, you were hitting a AT&T site, not a Rogers site. From what I heard from AT&T here in Seattle was that there was some sort of signal blocking device and users on Pt Roberts would hit a US tower, NOT a Rogers Tower. I worked in PT Roberts for a week in September and all my calls (service was awful anyway) did NOT get hit with the Canadian Roaming charge.
Hmmm... I guess two things could be at play here... phones could prefer to "roam" on home-friendly cell sites rather on foreign sites, wherever possible... for example, when I received a call while in Bellingham, but the call was billed as "Victoria, BC".
The other is the possibility of a signal bocker... Where would the signal blocker be located? I was still on Rogers network for the better part of Point Roberts, until I reached the gas station.
I read somewhere that some wireless companies in the US are considering the installation of cell sites right in Point Roberts. I think they are going to build a general communications tower, primarily for low-power TV stations, with the possibility of renting a part of the tower to cell service providers.