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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by IDANNY, May 14, 2006.
Is their any cell phone I should get while I am thier. That I cant get here.
No idea TBH.
Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U are both big mobile phone chains, you could check their websites..
Can you use any SIM free phone with your service provider back in the US?
If so it might be worth seeing what's available but the high street shops I've visited often only offer phones tied to a contract or only offer a small SIM free selection.
I'm currently looking to buy a new phone and the short-list is down to Nokia's 6111, N80 SonyEricsson's K800i or a Samsung P300
there are many high street stores. if u bring a sim unlocked phone you can get a pay as you go sim and use that
if your there more long term better to get a contract
Before you buy anything remember that the UK uses a mix of GSM 900 and GSM 1800, whereas the USA is on GSM 1900. So the phone you get needs to be labelled as "tri-band", or it won't work when you get back home.
most GSM phones in the States are actually 900/1800/1900 now, but not all. of course some carriers don't use GSM at all, they use CDMA.
i love how the US has to be different from the rest of the world, in everything
In the US, I have seen three different types of GSM phones:
And that's just 3 different Nokia's that I have had in the past year
The are many different online resources to unlock your phone (which is legal.)
True, but I'm not sure if the CDMA standard in the US is the same as the one here in Europe (known as 3G). Most GSM phones in this country are dual-band (900/1800) so definitely won't work in the US.
I don't know, maybe the OP is making life hard for himself
3G isn't CDMA. It's UTMS. there is a 3G equivalent to UTMS, called CDMA2000 (ooh, catchy), but it's currently US only (and very limited at that). While CDMA2000 is a kind of bolt on update to CDMAone, UTMS is a completely new system, thats backward compatible with GSM/GPRS based networks- the reason for this backward compatibility is that normal calls are carried over these existing networks, while 3G services, such as uprated data and video calls are made using the new infrastructures.
I was told previously that 3G was CDMA, but obviously by someone who didn't know much about the subject. Thanks for the correction.
I know AT&T changed their network from whatever they used (I think 900 or 1800) to 850 a little while before the Cingular purchase, so they sent a new phone "upgrade" to all T68i users. Hmm, no Bluetooth, crappier screen, feels like it cost $5 to make the case. This is an upgrade how?
A good (if expensive option) would be the Nokia N80
You guys are both right. UMTS does indeed use CDMA technology, which is the nuts and bolts behind the system, but IS-95 or cdma2000 cell phones (offered by Sprint and Verizon in the US) use a different flavor of CDMA, so that they are not compatible with European style 3G networks.
If you buy an unlocked phone from Europe, you will most certainly have to use Cingular or T-Mobile as your service provider.
i love how Europe has to be different from the US, in everything
The US might well be the odd man out here. At least here in Australia, the European mobile phone standards predominate.
We are, largely because European governments have outlawed non-european standards for mobiles.
It was interesting to watch as GSM hit a capacity wall. GSM had nowhere to go, but CDMA did. So what did Europe do?
They announced a new, totally incompatible CDMA standard. Developed by European companies.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Interoperability between countries was extremely important for obvious reasons. GSM also dominates the world stage so it can't be all bad. Also, SIM cards make a lot of sense, I was able to use my T-Mobile phone in Europe simply by getting a new card and not having to bother with getting an entirely new phone. The convenience is worth if for those who travel. For those who never leave the US, who cares?