Originally Posted by fuforums
But it would seem that the agreement between Sprint and Alltel would allow you to have EVDO wherever you are, even if you have voice locally, you should be able to data roam. The features in the phone's documentation says that the 8703e has "Data Roaming". Otherwise, it would just be regular roaming.
Either way it sucks because I want high speed but apparently my area isn't ready for EVDO (unless you buy an Alltell phone).
Of course the Sprint reps barely know what a blackberry is much less what EVDO is and anything about it. It's amazing that people would work in a field that they know nothing about and care to learn nothing about. I try to know absolutely EVERYTHING about my job and the industry I'm in because I don't want to sound like an idiot to others when they have questions. I guess some people just work for the paycheck and to make it from weekend to weekend.
I am from Savannah too, and used to force my Sprint Q into roaming to take advantage of EVDO. No telling when our area will get EVDO. They keep pusing it back, was told this summer then the store told me (on 3/19/07) that it would most likely be the end of 2007!
I really liked having the ability to force the phone into roaming. I only get maybe one bar in my house (1x on Sprint network) and I frequently can't place calls. One would think that the phone, when set on automatic, would switch over to roaming since the signal is stronger. Not so. My Q didn't do it and my BB 8703e doesn't either. At least with my Q I could force it into roaming, and *bam* suddenly I would have full bars and EVDO would work (on Alltell or Verizon I guess).
So now I'm in Orlando on business with my brand new Sprint 8703e. They place I'm staying at has NO Sprint signal in the room. My BB refuses to switch to roaming (which I KNOW has a signal b/c people I work with have other CDMA carriers and they get a great signal in this room). Also, my Cingular (work) phone has a full blast signal, so I know reception is possible in this room. Sprint just isn't making it through the walls.
WHY isn't there an option to FORCE roaming on a BB? As such a business focused device, I'd think this option would certainly be there for cases like this...but it isn't (from what I can tell).
For once, I wish I had my Q here so I could force it into roaming and actually place and receive calls.
It seems the BB will have to be starved down to 0% signal before it will switch into roaming.
I'm not happy about that. Any solutions?