How to disable data usage while roaming with your BlackBerry

If your mobile provider bills at an outrageous rate for data usage while you’re roaming (mine, Rogers, certainly does) this tutorial will show you how to automatically disable the data service on your BlackBerry while roaming.

  1. Select Options from your Applications list.
  2. From the Options list, select Mobile Network.
  3. Select the On option (or Off, depending on your current configuration) from the Data Services menu, and change it to Off When Roaming.
  4. With Off When Roaming set, exit out of the Mobile Network settings.
  5. Make sure to Save the setting change.
  6. That’s it. Now when you’re roaming, your data usage/plan will automatically be disabled (use Wi-Fi if your phone supports it and you’re within range of a Wi-Fi Hotspot).
{ 11 comments… add one }
  • kasey November 14, 2009, 11:23 pm


  • peter December 24, 2009, 5:51 am

    Great, i was looking for this and couldn’t find it in the tutorials.

  • bk August 18, 2010, 10:53 am

    thanks… helped alot

  • storm 2 September 2, 2010, 4:14 am


  • John McDermott September 17, 2010, 8:32 am

    Thanks Bless you!!

  • km c October 27, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Thank you for a great post. I just spent 30 minutes online with a cell phone rep who said there was no way to turn off data services while roaming on my Blackberry! So glad I checked here!

  • monica December 13, 2010, 4:14 pm

    so when you do this, can you still use BBM????

  • Julian January 26, 2011, 5:23 pm

    This works for me. However not all apps works.

  • Edward Faggen May 12, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Very useful. Thanks alot.

  • BK August 23, 2011, 1:51 am

    useful; at the right time! good post.

  • bharat June 16, 2012, 5:15 am


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