Remember the days when roaming off your primary cellular network meant extra costs on your monthly bill? You’d always have to be on the looking for your monochrome screen displaying the words ROAMING. What’s worse, that word could appear while you were not so far from home. With modern roaming agreements, though, the issue has faded somewhat. But even now you can’t just roam off-network willy nilly. Carriers can, and often will, terminate your service for excessive roaming usage. It’s best to at least be aware of when you are roaming, then. Thankfully, your BlackBerry makes that easy. To change your data roaming options, go to Options and then Networks and Connections. From there select Mobile Network and you’ll see the options for Data Services and While Roaming. Under While Roaming the default should be Prompt. That’s where you most likely want it. That way you’ll be aware of when you’re roaming, so you can choose to turn it off if you’ve done it a lot recently. You can turn it off, of course, if your carrier has harsh restrictions on data roaming. Of course, on some carriers — mostly prepaid carriers — there is no roaming period, so this feature means nothing. Still, it’s something you probably want to check.
Tips for Tuesday: Turn off data while roaming
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