January 20, 2012
refer to 7-Eleven Speak Out Forum :
“roaming” calls in Canada and the US ?
if your local calling area is Vancouver and you visit Toronto, all calls made back to Vancouver are considered local calls.
Is my understanding correct ?
My number Vancouver, I visit Toronto and call Vancouver - local call
I visit Toronto and call Toronto -long distance call
Refer to Fido coverage and roaming Q/A (seem same Roger network)
My number Vancouver, I visit Toronto and call Toronto - local call
I visit Toronto and call Vancouver - long distance call
Does different cell phone provider works differently, I am an ignorance, is my understanding correct or wrong?
Any people guide me would be mostly appreciated.
April 22, 2009
Fido and Speakout use the same Rogers network, but the billing is different.
With Speakout, you get billed for a local call when you receive a phone call anywhere in Canada. If you have a Toronto Speakout number, and someone in Toronto calls that Toronto Speakout number, it is a local call for them also, no matter where you are in Canada with your Speakout phone at the time.
You can call anyone in your current local calling area as a local call. So if you are in Nova Scotia, even with a Toronto number, and call a number in Nova Scotia while in Nova Scotia, it is billed as a local call. Speakout has larger local calling areas, some as big as a province. I do believe Ontario and BC have more than one local calling area though.
January 20, 2012
April 23, 2011
I'm not sure that bridonca has explained it correctly (or I may have misunderstood).
My understanding is that for speakout, all incoming calls are billed at the same rate (which is what bridonca said). for outgoing calls, calls outside your "local calling area" (basically outside your area code plus any "extra" area codes that might be considered local for places that have extra area codes) are long distance. If you visit Vancouver from your "home" area of Toronto, calls to Toronto are still "local" and calls to Vancouver are still long-distance.
Basically Speakout does not care where your phone is physically located, all the rates are the same if you are traveling or if you are at "home".
Currently I have my Ontario phone with me in BC, and when I call my Ontario numbers, I am billed $0.25/min, and for BC number I get billed the extra $0.20/min on top of this. In order to avoid the extra charge I use a "calling card" to only have to pay a few cents per minute extra as the 800 number for the calling card gets billed as a "local" call. (Actually I use a "local" Ontario access number for my calling card and get an even lower rate from the calling card people). I have used a Yak.ca calling card in the past, but am currently using a prepaid tel3advantage card for rates as low as $0.012/minute (1.2 cents). Here is a "referral" link for them which gives you extra credit (and me too) so you can see that I have a slight conflict of interest in my praises:
April 23, 2011
Actually, the referral link is http://www.tel3.com/refer/HJ8D2K3 which I think gets you a $5 and gets a $10 credit for me.