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Local and Long Distance Calling

Placing Calls

Local calling areas determine where you can place calls on your wireless phone without incurring long distance charges. Your local calling area depends on where your phone is physically located – you become local to where you are, regardless of your phone number. The cell site that processes the call determines the local calling area. For example, if your outgoing call is picked up by a Brandon cell site then your local calling area is the Brandon local calling area, even if you have a Winnipeg phone number.

Receiving Calls

With Bell MTS, the entire province of Manitoba is your local calling area when it comes to receiving calls! For example, if you have a Winnipeg phone number and receive a call from Winnipeg while you are in Brandon, you will not be charged for long distance. However, if you leave Manitoba and travel to Saskatchewan, you will be charged when you accept an incoming call from Winnipeg.

In addition, Bell MTS provides special call treatment for certain scenarios in Manitoba. For example, all calls between two Bell MTS cell phones in Manitoba (regardless of physical location) are toll free.

You are…. Receiving a call Making a call to a landline or non-Bell MTS cell phone in Manitoba, but outside your local calling area Making a call to a Bell MTS cell phone in Manitoba, but outside your local calling area Making a call to a number outside of Canada
In Manitoba Airtime applies, no long distance Airtime and long distance charges apply Airtime applies, no long distance Airtime and long distance charges apply
Outside Manitoba, but within Canada Airtime and long distance charges apply Airtime and long distance charges apply Airtime and long distance charges apply Airtime and long distance charges apply
Roaming outside of Canada Airtime and long distance charges are combined into a flat per minute rate while roaming Airtime and long distance charges are combined into a flat per minute rate while roaming Airtime and long distance charges are combined into a flat per minute rate while roaming Airtime and long distance charges are combined into a flat per minute rate while roaming

If you signed up for your wireless plan after October 31, 2016, your MyPlan includes Manitoba-wide calling which means any call in Manitoba is local.

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