It’s the middle of your vacation and you’re trying to stay in touch with loved ones back home, but your Vodafone just won’t receive text messages. You also try sending a message and it just hangs there, refusing to send. What’s going on?

If you have a Vodafone not receiving texts abroad, this can be an incredibly frustrating issue, but don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this guide, we will walk you through some solutions to this problem so you can get back to texting as soon as possible.

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Why Is My Vodafone Not Receiving Texts Abroad?

If you’re not receiving texts while you’re abroad, there are a few things that could be happening. First, check to see whether there are Vodafone roaming services in the country you are in. Not all countries have Vodafone roaming services available.

If there are Vodafone roaming services in the country you’re visiting, the next thing to do is check whether your phone is set up to receive texts while abroad. If your phone is set to the correct network mode. If it’s set to “global” or “worldwide,” it should work in most countries. If it’s set to “automatic” or “select network,” it may not work in some countries. You can also try to manually select the network mode for the country you’re visiting.

You should also check whether your phone is on Airplane Mode. This can sometimes happen accidentally, and it will prevent your phone from receiving texts. Most people tend to put their phones on Airplane Mode when traveling then forget to disable it.

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Another possibility is that your phone’s roaming service isn’t turned on. To turn it on, open your phone’s settings and look for the “roaming” option. If it’s off, turn it on and select the country you’re visiting.

Finally, if your phone is still not receiving texts, there may be a problem with its SIM card. To troubleshoot this, try removing the SIM card and restarting your phone. When you restart your phone, re-insert the SIM card and see if that solves the problem.

If you’re still having trouble receiving texts while abroad, contact Vodafone customer service for more help. They will be able to help troubleshoot the issue and provide additional support.

How Does Vodafone Send And Receive Texts Abroad?

If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve been in a situation where you’ve needed to send or receive a text while abroad. Whether it’s for work or personal reasons, being able to stay connected is important. So how does Vodafone make sure you can stay in touch while abroad? It is made possible through roaming.

Vodafone has agreements with other mobile networks all around the world. When you’re in a country that Vodafone doesn’t have an agreement with, your phone will automatically connect to another network that does. This means you can continue using your phone as normal, even when you’re abroad.

To make sure you’re always connected, Vodafone has a few things in place. First, they have what’s called ‘automatic network selection’. This means that your phone will automatically connect to the strongest signal when you turn it on. You don’t need to do anything, it will just happen automatically.

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Second, Vodafone has a ‘network preference setting’. This allows you to choose which network you want your phone to automatically connect to. You can select from a list of networks that Vodafone has agreements with, or you can just let your phone choose the best network for you.

You can also use your phone’s data roaming settings to control how much data you use while abroad. This is really important, as data roaming can be quite expensive. You can choose to have your phone use no data, or just a limited amount of data each day. This way, you’ll never have to worry about going over your limit and getting charged extra.

You can send and receive texts through SMS roaming. This is a service that Vodafone provides that allows you to send and receive texts while you’re abroad. You can use it on any phone, as long as it’s connected to the internet.

To start using SMS roaming, just open up your messaging app and select the ‘SMS’ tab. From there, you can type in the number you want to send a message to, or select it from your contacts.

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How To Activate Roaming On Vodafone

To be able to receive texts on your Vodafone while abroad, follow these steps to activate roaming:

Users using Android devices:

  • On your Android phone, open the Settings icon.
  • After that, select SIM card & mobile data, and then select your SIM.
  • Turn on the “Data roaming” option by toggling the switch.

To do this on an iPhone:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Cellular, Cellular Data, and Mobile Data. 
  • Next, select Roaming.
  • Check to see that the Data roaming and Voice roaming options are both turned on.

Final Thoughts

If you are having issues with your Vodafone not receiving text messages abroad, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. First, check to make sure that your phone is set up for roaming and that your network settings are correct.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, try restarting your phone or contacting Vodafone customer service. Hopefully one of these solutions will help get your texts flowing again while you’re on vacation.