Basics of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Roaming - dummies

Basics of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Roaming

By Dan Gookin

The word roam takes on an entirely new meaning when it’s applied to a cell phone. It means that your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 receives a cell signal whenever you’re outside your cell phone carrier’s operating area. In that case, your phone is roaming.

Roaming sounds handy, but there’s a catch: It almost always involves a surcharge for using another cellular service — an unpleasant surcharge.

Relax: Your Galaxy Note alerts you whenever you’re roaming. The Roaming icon appears at the top of the screen, in the status area. You may even see the word Roaming on the lock screen and, potentially, witness the name of a cellular provider other than your usual provider adorning the lock screen.


There’s little you can do to avoid incurring roaming surcharges when making or receiving phone calls. Well, yes: You can wait until you’re back in an area serviced by your primary cellular provider. You can, however, altogether avoid using the other network’s data services while roaming. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

    It’s found on the Applications screen, although from the Home screen you can press the Menu button and choose the Settings command.

  2. Touch the Connections tab.

  3. Choose More Networks and then Mobile Networks.

  4. Ensure that the Data Roaming option isn’t selected.

    Remove the green check mark by Data Roaming.

Your phone can still access the Internet over the Wi-Fi connection while it’s roaming. Setting up a Wi-Fi connection doesn’t make you incur extra charges, unless you have to pay to get on the wireless network.

Another network service you might want to disable while roaming has to do with multimedia, or MMS, text messages. To avoid surcharges from another cellular network for downloading an MMS message, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. If the screen shows a specific conversation, press the Back button to return to the main messaging screen.

    The main screen lists all your conversations.

  3. Touch the Menu button and choose the Settings command.

  4. Choose the SMS/MMS tab.

  5. Remove the green check mark by the Auto-Retrieve option.

    Or, if the item isn’t selected, you’re good to go — literally.

When the phone is roaming, you may see the text Emergency Calls Only displayed on the lock screen.