BC/WA roaming stories?
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.
Any other stories?
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST RULES, BABY!