What is Roaming?

Roaming is the ability of a mobile phone user to use their mobile phone for making or receiving voice calls, sending, or receiving messages and data while outside the coverage of their mobile service provider.

The mobile phone uses the subscriber’s identity to access the network in the visited country.

What is the difference between domestic and international data roaming?

Domestic data roaming represents using mobile phone data in your country but outside your network’s carrier’s coverage – your phone will connect to a different domestic network.

While international data roaming refers to your phone connecting to a non-domestic (foreign) network when traveling abroad.

How to turn off data roaming?

For iPhone: Settings –> Mobile data –> Mobile Data Options –> Data roaming.

For Android: Settings –> Network & Internet –> Mobile Network –> Roaming.

Also, you can put your phone on airplane mode to turn off data roaming.

Is roaming free?

Data roaming charges depend on your network carrier.

Since 2017, if you travel from one EU/EEA country to another, there are no additional fees for roaming. Calls, texts, and data are charged at domestic rates.

Infobip’s Number Lookup can help you provide roaming information for optimized routing, prevention of ATM frauds, and added validation options.

Oct 10th, 2019
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