Is a puzzling omission on the Evo (Android in general?). Always had this option on other phones, never had to use it as I enjoy a strong Sprint signal in my home area.
Maybe we should petition Google for this, is a very important feature. If you are in a low signal area, your radio keeps hunting for a better signal and consumes more power while doing so. Having the option allows you to force the radio to use a stronger roaming signal if available in your area saving you battery.
Sprint would never go for this if they can control it. Sprint has to pay roaming charges to other companies every time we are roaming, which is why the feature was removed from older phones, I agree it would be very nice to have, especially since i have a weak sprint signal at my house and our phones constantly bounce back and fourth from sprint to vzw. What really bothers me is that our phones will hold on to zero bars of sprint service which is basically unusable for phone calls before they will start to roam, i would like to see a phone that starts to look for a roaming signal at anything below two bars. I think that would really cut down on dropped calls for sprint. But as far as a force roam option without a root, i dont see it happening...
Sprint will never add this feature back into their phones. That is why I loved my Pre and HTC TP 2. There are easy hacks for this feature. My understanding is that even on an Android that has been rooted this feature is not available yet. Sprint is trying to save money on roaming fees, Verizon too. I have found that my EVO switches pretty quickly to Roam when on Automatic, but I would still prefer to have the option to turn on Roam myself.
I wish I knew how to make widgets... I would so do this.
The Pre could atleast allow no data during roaming... so data wouldn't be sent in and out during roaming... causing battery plunges all the time.