Roaming with Windows Phone 7--the triangle exists

Nothing to shocking here, though still nice to see.

Paul Thurrott, besides having a WP7 developer device to play with, is traveling to Germany for a bit (some guys get all the breaks). He was curious as to how WP7 will handle both phone and data roaming, so he shares his experience.

In short, throwing in his AT&T SIM card along with a travel plan, the phone switched to roaming with no problem as evidenced by the traditional roam triangle. Even better, data roaming is off by default--you have to go into settings to enable. While that seems like a not a big deal, Thurrrott compares it to the older iPhone experience, which according to him was far from ideal (it's now fixed).

Now the interesting question is how much data does WP7 consume, especially with automatic syncing to the cloud for email, contacts, backups, photos and social networking?

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • In current WM, every auto update are disabled when Roaming... may we dream of the same for WP7?
  • could be nice feature changing bing day picture on lock screen.
  • That would be awesome. It'd be something unique, akin to Android's "Live" wallpapers. Hopefully in the next revision.
  • My guess is we'll all need unlimited data for WP7 or pay excessive overage fees. :-)
  • Aside from the first month where you're performing your first sync, and doing everything with the phone i don't think it'll be that bad. Major syncs you'll want to do over wifi anyways due to speed.
  • That's good iPhone and that's nice feature...
  • Hello I am using HTC Trophy 7,my service provider displays the roaming triangle always on the top of the screen. Even if I am not connected to the 3G/Data.When I checked it with another provider, using a different sim card, it dissapeared.Does anyone have any idea or a solution? I selected the "don't roam" also, it is always there and in front of tiles and programs its really annoying.I don't mind if it's always hidden. Thank you!