If I end up not wanting an iPhone…

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by killr_b, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. killr_b macrumors 6502a

    killr_b

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    I really want to have a contingency plan. If the iPhone doesn't agree with me and my life, you know?

    The other phone I was looking at was the Sony Ericsson K810i.

    Now the meat: Need UKers help. Is there reason to believe this phone won't operate in America? I understand that some features may not work, like the music downloads, but what about the push email? I have cingular now in california.
    As long as I have a SIM card it should work right?

    Anyone using a UK phone in America now?
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

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    The K810i doesn't support the 850MHz band, and almost all of Cingular's network is 850, so it wouldn't work.

    Any phone that supports GSM 850 (and 1900, which Cingular uses a bit of too, and T-Mobile also uses 1900) will work.


    I had a SE w810i and it worked just fine on Cingular (it supports 850MHz). When we switched to T-Mobile, I gave it to my brother, where it's working even better on a network that actually offers a signal worth a damn.

    Unlocked GSM phones work great. I recommend them, you have a much wider selection, and you never know when you're going to travel overseas and want to use a prepaid SIM or switch to a different GSM provider in the US. Just make sure whatever one you get supports at least 850MHz and 1900MHz.
     
  3. killr_b thread starter macrumors 6502a

    killr_b

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    I see. Yes, the 800/ 850 (same thing) is required to get full coverage in the US. 1900 is around, but not nearly as saturated.

    Thanks. I knew there was something I forgot.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    850 and 1900 are an absolute must in the US.

    Cingular is all 850 with some 1900, T-Mobile is all 1900. Since they roam on each others networks in certain areas, having both are a must in case you do end up needing to roam.
     

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