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Old June 29th 03, 12:40 AM
John S.
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You forgot about Edge Wireless and Suncom,

No, basically I mentioned the 3 (so-called) national carriers. There are the
two that you mention along with a lot of smaller carriers around the country.

But the same applies - an unlocked 3390 will work on all of them as well as
needing a SIM for each of them. with various other caviots

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  #12  
Old June 29th 03, 01:48 AM
Rich Cacace
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Why use an adapter? Can't you just switch the original card. What does the
adapter do for me?

"Joseph" wrote in message
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On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:31:42 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE TO
wrote:

Well you sort of described me up to a point.... next question - I have a
locked Nokia 3390 if I go to the trouble of having it unlocked, what

other
carriers would I be able to choose. Do I have to change the sim card

each
time I want to connect to a different carrier?


It depends on if there are other GSM 1900 carriers who service your
area. The principal GSM carriers in the US are T-Mobile (100% digital
GSM from the outset) being largely formed by buying other GSM services
such as Omnipoint in the northeast and in souther Florida, Aerial in
parts of the south, Powertel and DigiPH also in the south; cingular in
California, Nevada, Washington state, North Carolina, South Carolina
and parts of eastern Tennessee (also 100% GSM from the outset as
either Pacific Bell Wireless on the west coast and as Bell South
Mobility DCS on the east cost. AT&T Wireless GSM and many "partner"
companies overlaying their older TDMA (IS-136) digital system
throughout the US.

Each carrier issues its own SIM. The SIM contains most of the
relevant settings including phone number and phone book. Each SIM is
separate. To use another carrier's SIM you'll need an adapter (if
available) for your phone and you'll have to switch between the two
(or more) carriers.

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Old June 29th 03, 12:48 PM
Rich Cacace
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I didn't think there was room for two sim cards side by side under the
battery.
Thanks

"Joseph" wrote in message
...
On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 23:48:27 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE TO
wrote:

Why use an adapter? Can't you just switch the original card. What does

the
adapter do for me?


Some people who would switch cards/carriers frequently would find this
a lot more convenient. And considering that SIM cards are sort of
small and would be very easy to misplace it would be easier to just be
able to switch without having to constantly change SIM cards. Other
considerations are that when you remove the battery which you pretty
much have to do to get at the SIM some phones without any phone memory
will lose time and date settings which have to be re-entered each time
you take out and replace the battery. Also, it's really not healthy
for the SIM to constantly be changing it out as you'll perhaps wear
down the contacts to the SIM card/terminals on the phone. If you do
this seldom there's no reason to get an adapter. If however you find
that you'll be changing SIMs often a twin or triple SIM adapter will
cause you a lot less hassle than changing out the SIM for each account
you have on separate SIMs.

"Joseph" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:31:42 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE TO
wrote:

Well you sort of described me up to a point.... next question - I have

a
locked Nokia 3390 if I go to the trouble of having it unlocked, what

other
carriers would I be able to choose. Do I have to change the sim card

each
time I want to connect to a different carrier?

It depends on if there are other GSM 1900 carriers who service your
area. The principal GSM carriers in the US are T-Mobile (100% digital
GSM from the outset) being largely formed by buying other GSM services
such as Omnipoint in the northeast and in souther Florida, Aerial in
parts of the south, Powertel and DigiPH also in the south; cingular in
California, Nevada, Washington state, North Carolina, South Carolina
and parts of eastern Tennessee (also 100% GSM from the outset as
either Pacific Bell Wireless on the west coast and as Bell South
Mobility DCS on the east cost. AT&T Wireless GSM and many "partner"
companies overlaying their older TDMA (IS-136) digital system
throughout the US.

Each carrier issues its own SIM. The SIM contains most of the
relevant settings including phone number and phone book. Each SIM is
separate. To use another carrier's SIM you'll need an adapter (if
available) for your phone and you'll have to switch between the two
(or more) carriers.

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Old June 29th 03, 10:50 PM
Rich Cacace
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Thanks Joe; I didn't know that they were made. It looks like it saved a
lot of ware & tare on the phone contacts. I suppose this means that you
have two separate Tel nbrs?

"Joseph" wrote in message
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On Sun, 29 Jun 2003 10:48:21 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE TO
wrote:

I didn't think there was room for two sim cards side by side under the
battery.
Thanks


Evidently you didn't see the word *adapter* in my message? Have a
look on google for twin SIM adapter and see if you can understand any
better.

"Joseph" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 23:48:27 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE TO
wrote:

Why use an adapter? Can't you just switch the original card. What

does
the
adapter do for me?

Some people who would switch cards/carriers frequently would find this
a lot more convenient. And considering that SIM cards are sort of
small and would be very easy to misplace it would be easier to just be
able to switch without having to constantly change SIM cards. Other
considerations are that when you remove the battery which you pretty
much have to do to get at the SIM some phones without any phone memory
will lose time and date settings which have to be re-entered each time
you take out and replace the battery. Also, it's really not healthy
for the SIM to constantly be changing it out as you'll perhaps wear
down the contacts to the SIM card/terminals on the phone. If you do
this seldom there's no reason to get an adapter. If however you find
that you'll be changing SIMs often a twin or triple SIM adapter will
cause you a lot less hassle than changing out the SIM for each account
you have on separate SIMs.

"Joseph" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:31:42 GMT, "Rich Cacace" richcacace-REMOVE

TO
wrote:

Well you sort of described me up to a point.... next question - I

have
a
locked Nokia 3390 if I go to the trouble of having it unlocked,

what
other
carriers would I be able to choose. Do I have to change the sim

card
each
time I want to connect to a different carrier?

It depends on if there are other GSM 1900 carriers who service your
area. The principal GSM carriers in the US are T-Mobile (100%

digital
GSM from the outset) being largely formed by buying other GSM

services
such as Omnipoint in the northeast and in souther Florida, Aerial in
parts of the south, Powertel and DigiPH also in the south; cingular

in
California, Nevada, Washington state, North Carolina, South Carolina
and parts of eastern Tennessee (also 100% GSM from the outset as
either Pacific Bell Wireless on the west coast and as Bell South
Mobility DCS on the east cost. AT&T Wireless GSM and many "partner"
companies overlaying their older TDMA (IS-136) digital system
throughout the US.

Each carrier issues its own SIM. The SIM contains most of the
relevant settings including phone number and phone book. Each SIM

is
separate. To use another carrier's SIM you'll need an adapter (if
available) for your phone and you'll have to switch between the two
(or more) carriers.

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Old March 9th 12, 07:46 AM
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Can I stick prepaid sim card in there or all phones locked? Can they be
"unlocked" if they're in fact locked? TIA

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HI usually phone brought from t-mobile provider will be sure locked with them due to this you can't use those phones with other network sim until you unlock it ..You can easily unlock your phone using sites like OnlineGsmUnlock.com here they are rendering unlock code for all mobile models at reliable cost .You first verify that whether they are rendering code for your mobile model ,country and network provider .If yes then pay for it and unlock your phone .After unlocking your phone you can freely use it with any GSM sim ..

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