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I just read this announcement on new agreements between sprint and several regional carriers: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/06/sprint-announces-expansion-rural-areas-regional-carriers.html'> http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/06/sprint-announces-expansion-rural-areas-regional-carriers.html

 

Are these agreements different than just basic roaming agreements? I was confused as to whether Sprint customers currently had absolutely no service of any kind, including roaming, in these areas and now we will be able to roam? Or is this service like we are in a home Sprint area?

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