First of all, what does roaming mean? Roaming refers to how you can use other networks in order to send your text messages or make or receive calls. Say you’re a Verizon subscriber and you’re at an area with weak cellphone signals from Verizon; roaming will enable you to temporarily use another carrier (say, Sprint) in order to successfully make your call. Roaming services are specially useful if you are at a different country and you want to retain the same number for sending/ receiving calls from the same country and from outside of it.
With the number of carriers competing for customers nowadays, carriers are thinking of more and more ways to improve their services – and that includes roaming. If you’re subscribing to Verizon and you want to get the most of your carrier’s roaming capabilities, here are some of the best tips to help you out:
- Read up the fine print. If you want to know exactly what you are being charged with whenever you use your roaming services, it’s important that you take the time to read Verizon’s policy regarding this. For example, did you know that roaming minutes are free from Verizon Wireless at night and on weekends? Know also that roaming services are treated as regular minutes on your calls during weekdays and the daytime. International roaming, on the other hand, can still be quite costly with Verizon Wireless; depending on the country, you can be charged as little as 69 cents for every roaming minute to a high of $2.98 a minute. Again, it will definitely pay for you to read the policy so you would know exactly how much you will be billed for your roaming minutes.
- Call up a customer service representative. Here’s a heads-up: there are many services and discounts that are available from carriers, if you would only take the time to ask. Ask about how you could maximize your roaming services, and request to be updated on seasonal promos and discounts via email. Carriers would typically love to accommodate your requests if it means you would become their loyal customer.
- Program your cellphone manually. You would need to do a little bit of programming with your cellphone in order to activate or improve its roaming capabilities.
First, go to the main screen of your phone (the default screen) and dial *228. Other alternative numbers you could dial include the following: 228 80; 228 99; or 228 00.
Press the call button and hold the phone to your ear. You should be able to hear a voice recording that will prompt you to either press 1 (for programming or activating), or press 2 (for updating).
You should press “1” if you are activating the roaming capabilities for the first time; press “2” if you want to improve roaming coverage on your phone.
Once your phone has successfully been activated/ updated, your phone should turn off and then turn on once again.
There you have it! These are the easy techniques you should try out to improve the roaming capabilities of your Verizon cell phone. Remember, being a smart and savvy customer would mean you should take the time to find out how you could maximize the benefits that you are entitled to. Good luck, and hope this helped!