1. DaPoets's Avatar
    I was in Toronto yesterday and started getting all these text messages saying I was on data roaming and I have used $25 worth, then $50 worth and I'm wondering wtf as I have data roaming off on my phone. I called verizon today and they said for my 4G Galaxy Nexus I not only have to turn off Data Roaming, but I have to turn data off altogether or else all the background apps and emails will still be running and come through. Doesn't make sense to me if I say NO to data roaming and yet it still allows data when I'm roaming...

    they have to wait a cycle to see what charges I got and will then credit my account but I have to say it's just dumb.
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    01-20-2012 03:17 PM
  2. Cory Streater's Avatar
    Yep -- this happened to me as well. All the way back to the Thunderbolt. I couldn't stop the data arrows from flashing unless I powered off the phone. Did you have WiFi turned on by any chance? If you're up in Canada a lot, I highly recommend getting yourself a Telus or Rogers MiFi.
    01-22-2012 03:27 PM
  3. potatolover1102's Avatar
    This happened to me in Niagara falls on the Canada side but I had data roaming off and home only set and was picking up a Verizon signal the whole time but still they charged me for no reason and saw that I never actually roamed but it still said I did so they had to credit me back.
    01-22-2012 03:49 PM
  4. tropicdonut's Avatar
    what are the chances of picking up Canadian signals and getting charged for it
    while the phone is physically in Detroit or any other border town?
    01-22-2012 05:26 PM
  5. DaPoets's Avatar
    Yep -- this happened to me as well. All the way back to the Thunderbolt. I couldn't stop the data arrows from flashing unless I powered off the phone. Did you have WiFi turned on by any chance? If you're up in Canada a lot, I highly recommend getting yourself a Telus or Rogers MiFi.
    I'm seriously thinking of getting a Telus or Rogers MiFi... this is getting extremely annoying... My girlfriend lives in Toronto so yeah I'm in Canada a lot...
    01-23-2012 12:35 AM
  6. uscsailor's Avatar
    what are the chances of picking up Canadian signals and getting charged for it
    while the phone is physically in Detroit or any other border town?
    In San Diego I never get charged for Mexican roaming. Even on beaches next to the boarder fence
    01-23-2012 01:31 AM
  7. bloodycape77's Avatar
    Never had that issue with roaming with my D2 when I was visiting Detroit, and even by the lake with Ontario across it.
    01-23-2012 01:52 AM
  8. ChuckG73's Avatar
    I am actually going to Toronto this Wednesday and was going to add a plan from Verizon for 75 dollars to get 150 MB of data while I am there. Than it jumps to 2 dollars a MB they said......any other ideas would be helpful.

    Thanks
    01-23-2012 06:12 AM
  9. DaPoets's Avatar
    Telus has a flex plan for MiFi where it's $35 for 500megs and if you go over then you just get bumped to the next plan rate... I'm really thinking of going that route...

    it's w/ out a contract too...
    01-23-2012 03:14 PM
  10. mclarryjr's Avatar
    what are the chances of picking up Canadian signals and getting charged for it
    while the phone is physically in Detroit or any other border town?
    None, I visit Detroit and Port Huron all the time and never have had that happen and even just over the boarder I stay on Verizon.
    01-23-2012 03:25 PM
  11. caveat71's Avatar
    VZW will tell you lots of bull about what needs to be turned on/off. For data roaming you need to turn off "Data Roaming" at a bare minimum. If thats off, your phone wont poll data in Canada, normally. You will see no 3G or LTE indicator which means, data is off. If you see 3G or LTE and you are in Canada you are probably data roaming.

    Now...turning data roaming off also kills your ability to send/receive MMS. Even though its a part of your texting package to use while in Canada. If Data Roaming is off they just go to pending or will fail to download.

    You can turn on Data Roaming to send/receive an MMS message BUT your phone will also be data active in the background even if you are on WIFI. Let me repeat it will do other data activities besides the MMS in the background over the cellular interface. Also there is a bug...

    Say you activate Data Roaming to go send an MMS. You send the MMS then go back and quickly turn off Data Roaming. Guess what, it still keeps sending data over the cellular interface EVEN if WIFI is on. The only way to stop it after you turn off Data Roaming is to reboot the phone. When it comes back up it doesnt Data Roam.

    VZW will tell you more and more draconian things which they dont fully understand (like set your phone to "Home Only" instead of Automatic). My XOOM would actively seek a Verizon signal while driving near the border in the Niagara/St. Catherines areas driving on the QEW. It would flop in and out of service between Telus and VZW. Even though data roaming was off, it would still "chirp" data in the background as it switched carriers. Each trip through this area was worth about $0.50 worth of data. VZW told me to "disable data, disable data roaming, and set the device to Home Only" well suffice to say when back in the US, missing any of the three settings (especially home only) was a cause of frustration. The bug was submitted and fixed...I even had my XOOM crash, reboot and have all the "workarounds" turn back on while in Canada which happened while away from my desk and in the 5 minutes while i was away it pulled in $60 of data roaming. A quick call to VZW resolved that amount at the time it happened.

    Moral of the story here is be careful on data roaming and pay attention to the warning texts. If something hits your phone, pay attention to it and call VZW right away to reverse charges.
    01-23-2012 07:10 PM
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