International Usage Issues

  • 27 March 2023
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When outside of the US and using my international phone plan to dial a number to another African country, I am prompted by an automated message to enter in a random two-digit number. However, once I do that, there is a message that keeps playing repeatedly, “Congratulations, you pressed star. That does not mean you are a star it simply means that you can press buttons and probably have fingers.” This message just keeps repeating and the call does not go through. Please help!

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This is a good example of why I always recommend having a backup plan. T-Mobile (or their roaming partner) has probably bought into some shady grey-route international carrier. 

See if your phone has a setting for the length of TDMF tones and set it to long.