Smaller wireless carriers lobby for automatic-roaming rules

With so many wireless users traveling for business and personal reasons, it's easy to be able and need to roam on a non-home network while using a wireless handset. Smaller, regional carriers want to ensure their customers receive automatic roaming when switching networks to one of the larger, national networks like Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Sprint Nextel or T-Mobile.

Manual roaming almost seems antiquated -- as a customer has to make manual arrangements with the roaming partner for payment of minutes and other usage. Most of us are used to automatic roaming, where you can roam freely with your handset and just see the roaming charges later on your wireless bill from your home carrier. I personally cannot imagine it any other way.

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