Will the iPhone work all over the world?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HitmanX, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. HitmanX macrumors regular

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    I'm in the military and right now I'm stationed here in the United States, but there is always a possiblity if getting stationed in lets say, Germany, Japan, Italy or where ever. Since the iPhone is quad band, would I be able to use it under a foreign carrier? Could I just buy a prepaid sim card to use it? Thanks
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

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  3. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't been stationed anywhere in Japan, but from what I hear, they are well beyond the iphone in phone tech over there anyways. You'd want to buy another phone in that case, so no worries there. :cool:
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    It'll only work with a cingular SIM and you'll pay out the arse in international roaming rates.
     
  5. HitmanX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, 3G is a standard in Japan, which this phone lacks. I don't mind spending $600 bucks on the phone, but if I got orders a year or so from now, that could possibly render this phone useless, lol. Guess, I have to do some thinking before I make the purchase. Also, have you been stationed anywhere overseas? I too am in the Air Force.
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Remember that "3G" is a loose term, just like "high-speed Internet" can mean cable modem or DSL, even though they're two totally incompatible technologies.

    AFAIK, Japan's wireless carriers run wCDMA networks, whereas US carriers run either GSM or CDMA networks. So even if the iPhone were 3G, it'd be 3G for the US networks, making it worthless in Japan. I don't think any of the US carriers sell a phone that will work here and in Japan.
     
  7. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Luckily ebay exists and folks willing to pay for used stuff :cool: so you wouldn't exactly be SOL in that case.

    I've actually been conus my entire time in. Baby on the way here pretty soon, so hopefully no big move anytime soon. Wish I wasn't stuck with these damn noisy F15E's though.
     
  8. HitmanX thread starter macrumors regular

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    Congrats on the baby. I'm looking forward to go overseas. I'm an Air Traffic Controller:)
     
  9. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks and hopefully you get those orders. Good luck with ATC, good job in and out, depending on the base. Talk to you folks all the time(I'm Airfield Management).
     
  10. sjo macrumors 6502a

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    "GSM 3G" = WCDMA (so an ATT and T-Mobile 3G phone should work in Japan).
     
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