Voice Roaming Changes

HOW THE 3G NETWORK SHUTDOWN AFFECTS YOUR ROAMING IN THE USA 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Some of the leading mobile carriers in the US have shut down their 3G networks and completed their migration to 4G and 5G technologies. These network changes may affect the sound quality and ability to make and receive calls while roaming in the US. This change has impacted every roaming customer from every country globally.

 

We know that our customers will have questions and concerns about these changes. Digicel is committed to keeping you informed, so that you are able to manage the transition and have the smoothest possible roaming experience while visiting the US.

 

1.    How do these changes affect me?

 

Customers roaming in the USA will experience reduced quality on voice calls and may not be able to make and receive voice calls while on the T-Mobile or AT&T network.

 

We continue to work closely with these roaming partners to improve your experience of making and receiving voice calls whilst roaming in USA.

 

Digicel is committed to keeping customers informed about these developments.

 

2.    Can I roam on a network other than T-Mobile with my 3G device?

 

You will not be able to utilise data services whist roaming in the US on a 3G device regardless of the US network you are roaming on. Voice services may work on T Mobile but will not work on AT&T. This is due to the closure of the 3G networks in the US. We are working every day with both these companies to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency. You will need a VoLTE enabled mobile handset to have the greatest opportunity to make and receive voice calls. 

 

3.    Will my 3G phone still work?

 

Your 3G phone will continue to work on the Digicel network as normal. You will not be able to use data whilst roaming in the USA and voice roaming will not work on the AT&T network. The quality of voice services may be impacted on T Mobile.

 

While we engage US carriers on testing alternative solutions that will allow for improved voice roaming, we recommend upgrading to a VoLTE enabled device.

 

4.    I have a 4G LTE or 5G phone; will I be able to access all roaming services?

 

Regardless of your device, data roaming will not be impacted. For voice services, we strongly recommend a VoLTE enabled handset to have the greatest chance of being able to use voice roaming services.

 

5.    How do I know if my device is 4G LTE or 5G compatible?

 

Apple/iOS users: go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and tap Voice & Data. Here, you can switch your iPhone to 4G or 5G if your phone supports it.

 

Android users: tap Settings >> Network & Internet >> Mobile Network >> Preferred Network type. You should see all the Mobile Network technologies supported (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G).

 

6.    What will happen when I switch on my phone upon arrival in the USA?

 

Your device will automatically find our roaming partner’s signal so that your device connects automatically.

 

If this does not happen within a few minutes of switching on, you may need to do a manual network search.

 

Android: Settings > Connections > Mobile Networks > Network Operators > Disable “Select Automatically” > Select a Network > Check for connection and carrier name “T-Mobile”.

 

iPhone: Settings > Mobile Data > Network Selection > Disable “Automatic” > Select a network > Check for connection and carrier name, “T-Mobile”.

 

*Steps may vary according to your device make and model.

 

7.    What steps can I take to stay connected when traveling to the US?

 

1. Consider upgrading from to a 4G/5G-compatible device that supports VoLTE (Voice over LTE).

 

 

2. Select the best roaming package that suits your needs before you fly.