Nextel in Canada
I have a Nextel 7520 with unlimited data. I'm giving a speech at a conference in Toronto and have a couple of questions.
1. Will my phone automatically roam on the network there (I believe it would be MIKE) or do I need to do something?
2. I've heard that I will continue to receive email, however there will be a HUGE data charge ... true or false?
3. Along with the phone, will the DC work or will there be a big charge for that too?
I'm sorry I have no clue about the data charges, but I was just wondering what you'll be speaking about.
I'll be at the APCO Canada conference in October and talking about wide area notifications in emergencies and radio interoperability.
Briefly, I'm the chair of a district-wide (9 county) pre-hospital/EMS group that determines projects that utilize HRSA grant funds to better prepare in the event of an emergency. One of the issues we all face as first responders is notification of personnel and radio interoperability once you get out of your area. Here in Dstrict 1 in Michigan we have implemented a product that does both notification of personnel and on the other side will patch in any type of communication device. I can patch UHF, VHF and 800 mhz radios to each other or to cell phones, home phones, nextel direct connect etc. The nice thing about the notification process is I will receive confirmation that someone received the message, plus I can have them respond back with additional information. For example, I could put out a message to all 400 or so people in the database about a disaster that has occured, and ask them to press 1 if they can respond in 15 minutes, 2 if they can respond in 30 minutes etc. and it will immediately pop back on my screen with their response.
I'll be discussing the notification side for emergencies, but there are a lot of other applications for the product. if you want more info send me a pm and I'll be happy to email you.
Not sure on the data arrangement Nextel has with Telus-Mike for email/web, but I believe that Telus-Mike and Nextel have an agreement on the phone/DC. So it should work exactly as it does when you travel to another city in the US.
I would check nextel.com and verify to be sure.
Roaming in Canada with Telus should be seamless. Data charges depend on how many emails you get a day and how many calls you get.
I would check the nextel for roaming rates. Unless you open a lot of attachments that are HUGE then it shouldn't be a big bill. Again depends on whether you are a real Crackberry user!
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That's acctually really cool. I would like to know more. I'll drop you a PM.
Thanks ... I do have a call in to our Nextel rep about the phones and also about my Sprint wireless card to see if it will work there also, but he's on vacation right now. I have plenty of time but figured I'd post the question here too. Our rep is pretty good and if he tells me that it will work and no big charges and he's wrong he'll get it taken care of, unlike if I call and talk to some CSR at Nextel.
Dylan, I sent you some more info via pm, hope it helps. If you have any questions let me know! :)
Not sure if this helps at all, but I am a Telus Mike customer and I travel to the states a lot. I have been coast to coast and my phone seems to behave the same.
My 7520 works fine for the most part on Nextel's network, roaming is automatic and seamless.
Phone, DC, email, Google Maps, html/wap browser and Blackberry Messenger work without any problems.
Veri-Chat and Mobile SSH (BIG problem for me) do not work at all though. Nothing I have tried works.
For me the data roaming charge is $8/MB (CAD) and I usually charge up about $4-$6/CAD on a 4 day trip. I try to keep my usage to a minimal, I am sure most of the charge is from using Google Maps. I do receive about 100 emails a day on my Blackberry though.
I live in detroit and travel thru canada often. As soon as you start to cross the bridge (don't like the tunnel) your display will say telus. If you have nationwide 2way you will not receive an additional charge. If I'm not mistaken if you have the unlimited bb plan you should not receive additional charges. I don't know if you know this but the 1st month for nationwide is free if you don't have it.
My BB is through work and since I don't usually need coverage in another country it wouldn't pay to get it. They'll pay the charges if there are any, I'd just like to know beforehand to give the IT folks a heads up.
I do have the unlimited data, and I was in Texas during Hurricane Rita and 2-way worked fine. The main thing for me will be the phone. I can check email from my laptop while I'm there if I have to.
works seemlessly in Canada. I was just there this past weekend. I was making calls, DC'ing and even getting emails and writing them while I was on a Greyhound bus from Windsor to Toronto.
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