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Cell for overseas question
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 28, 2013 01:52PM
I want to buy a cell for someone overseas. All they need is the SIM for the country and phone co. they will be using, right? as long as I get a phone that is unlocked, not under contract.

I'm looking for an older razr or something like that. I love my razr. I notice the phones are listed unlocked INTERNATIONAL version and USA version. What is that?



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/28/2013 01:58PM by samintx.
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 28, 2013 01:59PM
As long as it's an unlocked GSM phone with international frequencies, yes. Be sure it's both GSM and unlocked before you buy, and check what frequencies the country you're sending it to uses (it's probably 900/1800, but better to check first than buy the wrong thing):

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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: August 28, 2013 02:31PM
Get a $200 Nexus 4. It's a great deal on an excellent phone that will work anywhere.
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 28, 2013 02:31PM
what phone do you currently use? last time i traveled I simply used my iphone.



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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 28, 2013 02:43PM
Sometimes International phones will work fine in the USA, but the phone is not warrantied for this market. Sometimes the phone is warrantied for this market, so a USA model, but still works internationally. Sometimes the International phone doesn't have the correct bands for the USA market and vice versa. It just depends.
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: silvarios
Date: August 28, 2013 02:46PM
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MGS_forgot_password
Get a $200 Nexus 4. It's a great deal on an excellent phone that will work anywhere.

Yeah. $200! Great deal. Probably not the best camera and not cutting edge specs anymore, (even still, far from low end model), but a great deal for the price.



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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: DavidS
Date: August 28, 2013 03:05PM
I'm traveling to Costa Rica tomorrow and taking my iPhone 4S. AT&T unlocked it for me last week (confirmed @ T-Mobile). I'll get a SIM card at the airport and have the APN codes ready to go as well to enable internet access as well.
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 28, 2013 03:50PM
sam, often the best bet is to buy it overseas and have it shipped to the person drop ship. I'd look into that possiblity if I was in your shoes.

[www.digicelpng.com]
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: August 28, 2013 05:44PM
You cannot use an unlocked cell phone in Japan without an alien registration card proving you live in Japan. Makes it troublesome.



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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 28, 2013 06:07PM
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MGS_forgot_password
Get a $200 Nexus 4. It's a great deal on an excellent phone that will work anywhere.

too expensive to give as a charity case.....under 100.00 limit
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 28, 2013 06:08PM
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cbelt3
sam, often the best bet is to buy it overseas and have it shipped to the person drop ship. I'd look into that possiblity if I was in your shoes.

[www.digicelpng.com]

Hey, Digicell is what is all over new guinea! thanks. good idea and thanks for link.
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: samintx
Date: August 28, 2013 06:15PM
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GuyGene
You cannot use an unlocked cell phone in Japan without an alien registration card proving you live in Japan. Makes it troublesome.

this is for PNG
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Re: Cell for overseas question
Posted by: Cary
Date: August 28, 2013 10:13PM
As Will Collier said, check what band the phone needs to work in. In the US, it's 800/1900 MHz. In Europe, it's 900/1800 MHz.

I bought a GSM quad band Razor a few years ago (from a Craigslist seller) that I use when I travel overseas. It was originally TMobile, and the seller had it unlocked. I checked by putting in a SIM card from another carrier.

You should be able to find a quad band Razor on CL or eBay for under $50, and a new battery for under $10.
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