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Re: Roaming Charges

Ken Abrams (k_abrams@[REMOVETHIS])
Tue, 20 Sep 2005 23:52:16 GMT

J Kelly <jkelly@*> wrote:

> On 16 Sep 2005 05:33:58 -0000, John Levine <> wrote:

>>> This raises a question I thought of recently, but had not bothered to
>>> ask anyone about. Suppose I start a cell call in local but move to a
>>> roaming tower during the call? Does the call get charged as roaming
>>> or not?

>> I doubt you'd get a handoff in a situation like that. It'd drop the
>> call and you'd call back.

> I worked for a small cellular carrier about 7 years ago. I would
> routinely test handoffs from our network to the network adjacent to
> us.

If this was 7 years ago, I'm guessing it was analog service; it
certainly was not GSM. I'd be interested to see what happens on some
of those calls today using GSM service. Often things touted as "new
and improved" aren't. That's my impression of GSM, at least the way
it is being implemented now. While it is hard for a user to tell when
a call is handed off to another site, I don't think I have ever had a
successful hand-off with GSM. I have, however, had a LOT of calls
dropped when moving ... sometimes just a few feet.

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