I have a 3G unlimited talk/text Canada/US subscription. Will US roaming will work for me? Have to travel along I-95 corridor from New Brunswick through Maine to Concord NH, remain around the Concord area, and then return. I understand there are issues with not having a 5G subscription. Does anyone have recent experience with using 3G in this area? Also is roaming for talk, text and data? Do I need the roaming add-on at all for text? Thank you this trip is an unexpected and urgent family issue.
In my case, the phone sits with a few bars. When a call happens, the bars jump up to full. That would be an indication of dropping to the old 3G/UMTS. I finally noticed (had missed) that you have an iphone. If you so much as see the volte option then you have volte. So roaming talk should be fine for you. Of course depending on actual T-Mobile coverage on your travels. That's not the responsibility of Public.
Do you have less than full bars just sitting there waiting? If so then when you are in a call (like dial 611) then do the bars jump up? What make and model phone is it?
I'm just trying to nail down whether you actually have volte. Some phones will show the option but it's not actually enabled.
Thank you I found the VoLTE. I will look at the add-ons. We do not usually need data because we have access to wifi at our destination. If I can just use the voice and text on the road it would be helpful.
Thank you all for your replies. Our plan does not include roaming, just able to call/text without add-on. I do not know what VoLTE is. My phone is iphone 8 15.3.1
Go to iPhone 8 settings: >Cellular>Cellular Data Options>Voice & Data>enable "LTE".
The newest iOS is 16.5. Go to settings>General>Software update>Automatic Update>enable "On".
Which exact Canada/US plan is that? Is that the one from a few years ago that included roaming? Or just able to call to the US without an add-on?
Don't be distracted by the so-called 3G naming. All plans can use the roaming add-ons. The only thing that will work without an add-on is receiving texts. Sending and calling and data need an add-on. You can only get data roaming alone. Otherwise it's only the bundles.
Do you know if your phone has been enabled for volte?
@gsue even on a 3G plan, you can still use the LTE roaming plan with T-Mobile. There were posts about not great reception there, but these things can change. So, go ahead, buy it , test it and worst case, you can ask for a refund
Make sure you select T-Mobile for your network.
For data, make sure you enable Roaming Mobile Data on your phone
And if you need voice, enable VoLTE on your phone and if it is compatible, if will work as long as you get T-Mobile Connection