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Roaming on Cingular

Discussion in 'Alltel Forum' started by jstich, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. jstich

    jstich New Member

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    I'm curious if anyone knows the logistics of roaming between Alltel and Cingular, or for that fact, any roaming between GSM and CDMA technologies. Is it possible to roam digitally between these networks, or is it only an analog connection?

    I doubt, however, that it is only analog, as Alltel has (long ago) renewed its roaming agreements with Cingular through 2012, although analog will be shut off much sooner.
    http://www.alltel.com/corporate/media/news/06/may/n411may0906b.html

    Thanks!
     
  2. jstich

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    To clarify my question, how does the CDMA technology integrate with the GSM networks?
     
  3. UFO

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    There is occasional, random talk about a phone coming to the US that will support one network while allowing roaming on the other, but to date, there is nothing on the market that uses both types of signals.

    The roaming agreement you have heard about is primarily to allow Cingular users access to Alltel's GSM network set up for roaming traffic and revenue in areas where there is no alternative GSM service.
     
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    I have used alltel TDMA with my Cingular GAIT phone, as well as US Cellular TDMA. They both work.
     
  5. CrossroadsTech

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    With this roaming agreement, Cingular GSM customers can roam on Alltel's GSM network out west (in former Western Wireless territory). That's what it is primarily for.

    Alltel customers with a analog-capable phones do occasionally roam on Cingular as a last-resort, but Alltel charges their customers $0.59/min on National Freedom plans so I don't think Alltel has a discounted rate to roam on Cingular.
     
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    Do you know if this includes (meaning pay roam rates) sid 45 (the sid that Alltel and Cingular share in CO)?
     
  7. JasonWells

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    At last travel, my Alltel phone would roam on Cingular/AT&T analog in southern and western CO. When dialing #21, it would let me know it was on Cingular/AT&T. It is quite nice in, especially on areas of HWY 50, where friends phones with Verizon were left with no signal. Alltel was certainly doing far better than Verizon in many areas.
     

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