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From Canada, international SMS is available … to some countries

It’s funny what you learn while on hold. Since it looks like I’ll be travelling to the U.S. a lot more in the near future, I phoned Bell Mobility to have my plan changed from a Canada-wide plan to a North American plan. (Those U.S. roaming charges get expensive really quickly, so it’s a small move to save the company some money). On the hold messages, the recording said that I could check on the international SMS message plan by typing bell.ca/internationalmessaging into my web browser.

Sure enough, the list says that I can send text messages to China Mobile, which is Adam’s provider in China. This supposedly should only cost 20 cents. Strangely enough, there two places where I would really like to use SMS aren’t on the list: Finland, and the United States (which may not count, as part of North America)!

When I’m in Finland, I’m used to using t9 to enter text input, but it’s really annoying. I’m going to have to consider alternative methods on my next phone. Maybe I should just get a Bluetooth phone, because I can send text typed in from my Palm TX. I wonder what happens when I’m roaming on my Canadian phone in the U.S.

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