Fairphone, Fix For Obligatory National Roaming

IMG_1542_01Do you own a fairphone and want to enable the data connection? However, in order to activate 3G data you have to activate data roaming too?

Some people, including myself, are having this problem. The problem was reported for the following providers:

  • Drei (AT)
  • Telering (AT)
  • Yess (AT)
  • EE/Orange/T-Mobile (UK)
  • Telfort/KPN (NL)
  • Comviq/Tele2 (SE)

This behaviour can be problematic when you live near a border or are travelling abroad. While there is an official workaround, this quick fix only treats the symptom, not the cause.

There is however a better solution on the fairphone support forums. It involves the Xposed framework and the national roaming module.

  1. Download and install the Xposed Installer APK from here
  2. Run the Xposed Installer, go to Framework and perform Install/Update
  3. Reboot the phone
  4. Download and install the Xposed national roaming module from here
  5. Open the Xposed app and activate the Xposed national roaming module
  6. Reboot the phone

Now, you should no longer need to activate data roaming to establish a data connection within you home network and the “R” in the connection status bar will disappear.

Thanks to user stan mousetaker for this fix!

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2 Responses to Fairphone, Fix For Obligatory National Roaming

  1. Rosi says:

    Thank you, very much for this information!
    It works also with the provider bob (AT).
    Great!!

  2. Martin says:

    After Telefonica merged two providers here in Germany this was a great, short manual how to fix this roaming issue – thank you!

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