Originally Posted by DuckWingDuck
I have never been charged for roaming rates when a call gets kicked to voice mail while I'm traveling, but I am not with Cingular, I'm with TMO.
You're one of the lucky ones, then.
Before traveling to Europe in March, I placed multiple calls to T-Mobile's International department to inquire about rates. I was told by at least three representatives that I would be charged 1 minute anytime a call was routed to my handset, weather I picked up the call or not.
So, while I take joy in slamming Cingular any chance I get, these charges are normal for most carriers. If you think about it, you are using an international network when that call comes to your handset. So, weather or not you decide to actually take the call, you are still receiving the notification via an international tower.
I spent 2 weeks in Europe and didn't answer one call, but received about 20 voicemails. When I returned and checked my bill, I was charged for about $20 for roaming ($1/minute international). Because I did my homework, I expected it and wasn't upset. Nevertheless, it still sucks.