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Why no 4G data when roaming in EU country?

  • 27 September 2018
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Hello,

I am on vacation in Romania and not only I have no access to 4G data but the HSDPA+ connection is very choppy - it can't be used for streaming video, nor audio; even browsing the web is a pain as I often got "The page cannot be displayed" message (I have to refresh the page a couple of times for it to correctly load).

Here is an output of pinging the Google DNS with a latency I consider unacceptable:

[val@val-archlinux ~]$ ping -c 20 -i 5 -s 1024 -W 3 8.8.8.8
PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 1024(1052) bytes of data.
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=1 ttl=117 time=298 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=2 ttl=117 time=7173 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=3 ttl=117 time=1966 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=4 ttl=117 time=441 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=5 ttl=117 time=354 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=6 ttl=117 time=264 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=7 ttl=117 time=10006 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=8 ttl=117 time=4843 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=9 ttl=117 time=457 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=10 ttl=117 time=369 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=11 ttl=117 time=283 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=12 ttl=117 time=399 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=13 ttl=117 time=6457 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=14 ttl=117 time=1387 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=15 ttl=117 time=479 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=16 ttl=117 time=388 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=17 ttl=117 time=299 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=18 ttl=117 time=7991 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=19 ttl=117 time=2837 ms
1032 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=20 ttl=117 time=295 ms

If this doesn't get fixed I assume the next step would be to ask for the PAC code and transfer my number to a real operator - it seems I did not learn my lesson from the past when I was a Three subscriber.

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A couple of screen-shots from the smartphone:


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If its anything like Three and iD do use the Three network here then its because the third party networks aren't obligated to offer you 4G
I understand that but why the 3G service is so choppy?!

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