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Old 09-28-2008, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default 8830 voice only in Tokyo - Sprint

Before arriving in Tokyo I called Sprint and they assured me my 8830 BB would work.
Well, here I am in Tokyo an it works to some degree.
In both the air port and in central Tokyo I get a roaming signal. I can't verify for the rest of the area but only for central Tokyo itself.
Here are the details from my phone under the "Services Status" screen:

Status: Roaming
Connection: Mobile Network
BB Internet Service Connection: Not Connected
BB Enterprise Server: Not Connected

Mobile Network - 4 bars (typically)
1x (not sure what this is)
Mobile network provider: International (not really a company like vodophone or similar)

So, It doesn't look like I can get any email or other data services here in Tokyo.

Originally Posted by brianky2 View Post
One of my co-workers claims his 8830 was able to make and receive calls when he was in Japan last week (Tokyo area). No data but voice was working.

Is there a new roaming agreement between Sprint and Japanese telcos to allow 8830 to roam in Japan?

I have tried this on my previous trips to Japan and never got a signal.

From the other posts here (yes -- I used the search feature already!), 8830 is previously noted as not compatible with Japan CDMA standard.

My question is --- did something change in last 1-2 months to suddenly allow 8830 to roam in Japan?

My colleague also notes that data roaming was working in S. Korea.
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