Degrade the networks?
.....if my single SIM phone is allowed to roam between networks then the world as we know it will come to an end.
If I have a dual SIM phone in the same area and can switch between carriers for individual calls then all is sweetness and light. I can also take calls on both networks, I believe.
If I have a main phone on contract, plus a 25 quid emergency phone with three PAYG SIMs I am covered but paying three PAYG top up fees so again all is sweetness and light, although urgent incoming calls may well be tricky on the backup numbers. Perhaps a dual SIM main phone and a budget dual SIM backup?
Oh, and isn't the fruity one offering a soft SIM in a phone?
Possibly a nice way to avoid the multiple SIM cards.
So the only thing not readily available is the automated hand off between networks during a call.
I would be happy to select a backup network should I find myself in a dead spot for my main network and stick with that for the duration of a call.
Why can't we solve the simple problem - stuck in the arse end of nowhere and can't phone or text - instead of bitching that some pf the advanced bells and whistles will be difficult?
The complaint that you get a better service roaming abroad than being in your native country is a valid one.
Oh, and when you are roaming abroad do you get an automated hand off between networks during a call?
If not, then the service providers are just trying to bullshit us all.
A model where you use contract minutes on your main network and pay PAYG rates when roaming seems reasonable and equitable.