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Old Dec 1st 2005, 4:54 pm   #1
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Can anyone recommend a mobile phone service/network that guarantees text messages from Canada to UK actually arrive? My phone says text messages are delivered but they don't actually arrive at their destination in the UK (and I get charged regardless). Any suggestions please? Thanks!
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Can anyone recommend a mobile phone service/network that guarantees text messages from Canada to UK actually arrive? My phone says text messages are delivered but they don't actually arrive at their destination in the UK (and I get charged regardless). Any suggestions please? Thanks!
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I use Rogers and send texts to both O2 and T-Mobile in the UK, I've never (to my knowledge) had one that hasn't arrived. I've also received messages from these UK networks but if it's a 2- or 3-parter (more than 160 characters I think), I only receive one part and it's not always the first one!

So friends and family tend to send me texts via Rogers web text service now, each message has to still be less than 160 characters but they can send as many as they like for free. http://www.rogers.com/english/wireless/sendpcs.html

Edit: can your UK friends check with their network that int'l texts can be received okay? I was wary and got a yes from O2 and a "should be okay" from T-Mobile... it's possible the fault lies with the UK network rather than Rogers who make a song and dance of their int'l text facility.

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Can anyone recommend a mobile phone service/network that guarantees text messages from Canada to UK actually arrive? My phone says text messages are delivered but they don't actually arrive at their destination in the UK (and I get charged regardless). Any suggestions please? Thanks!
My brother spent five weeks in Canada during the summer, starting off in Calgary and heading towards Vancouver. apart from the obvious areas where reception will be bad (in the mountains), he regularly sent text messages to us all and we received them without any delay. In fact one day I was having a two way conversation with him over a problem he had and the texts were going back and forth with no problem. I think the provider he picked up over there was Rogers but he only took his BT triband mobile that he uses in the UK all the time.
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My brother spent five weeks in Canada during the summer, starting off in Calgary and heading towards Vancouver. apart from the obvious areas where reception will be bad (in the mountains), he regularly sent text messages to us all and we received them without any delay. In fact one day I was having a two way conversation with him over a problem he had and the texts were going back and forth with no problem. I think the provider he picked up over there was Rogers but he only took his BT triband mobile that he uses in the UK all the time.
What UK network are (were) you on? Just wondering if my theory is right...
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What UK network are (were) you on? Just wondering if my theory is right...
My brother is on British Telecom and I am with Virgin. Never had any problems sending and receiving with either. Send a lot of texts to France also and go Virgin to Virgin, no delays at all. the only company I have ever had trouble sending to was Orange and regularly got delays.
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I'm with Telus, the messages I send to the UK get there no problem. But people back home can't seem to reply to them.
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My brother is on British Telecom and I am with Virgin. Never had any problems sending and receiving with either. Send a lot of texts to France also and go Virgin to Virgin, no delays at all. the only company I have ever had trouble sending to was Orange and regularly got delays.
BT=O2 and Virgin=T-Mobile so same as me Any Orange/Vodafone/3 users receive Canadian texts reliably?
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BT=O2 and Virgin=T-Mobile so same as me Any Orange/Vodafone/3 users receive Canadian texts reliably?
I have a Virgin mobile phone in Canada as does my husband (we have different model phones) and neither of us can send a text message to the UK.
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Can anyone recommend a mobile phone service/network that guarantees text messages from Canada to UK actually arrive? My phone says text messages are delivered but they don't actually arrive at their destination in the UK (and I get charged regardless). Any suggestions please? Thanks!
I've had problems sending from Rogers to Orange, texts not arriving etc. Rogers however seems to accept texts from most UK network??

My cousin was over from UK in summer and he was using the FIDO network here as his host service, he had no problems sending to UK and receiving.
Suggest contacting FIDO on this basis, but i'm no telecoms expert.

I was once told that the txt standards in North America was different, but again i'm no telecoms expert........getting my voicemail is enough of a challenge!!!
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Telus will send messages to the following carrier the UK:
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One solution may be to text to the repective phones e-mail addresses

most phone have an address that you can send e-mail to and from

mine would be something like 4161239999@txt.bell.ca
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I used my "orange" mobile while in Canada ,on Rogers network,and sent text messages to the O2 network in the UK no problem,didnt cost much either
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When i was in TO and MTL in the summer i regularly sent texts home, and my girlfriend (in MTL) and i regularly text whilst i'm stuck here in the UK!!

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we've had a couple of problems.

Our original number had a new prefix (not 604) and we discovered that day that people in the UK werent getting our text. According to Rogers, the UK co's didn't have the latest database with the new codes. Sounded fishy to me, so we had the number changed to 604 and all worked except one Virgin Mobile number (yet we could recieve texts)

in the last few weeks though txts to one Orange number and one Vodafone number has been showing up as a different 604 number. If they reply to that, we never recieve it. Weird, but were working around it.
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