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Old June 25th 06, 01:14 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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Looking for someone who's traveled overseas with their phone and had any
luck using it internationally.



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Old June 25th 06, 01:43 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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John Doe wrote:
Looking for someone who's traveled overseas with their phone and had any
luck using it internationally.



You need to have a GSM phone. Used many times in Europe. Need 900/1800
frequecies.

see www.prepaidgsm.net. Forget your Verizon and probably Sprint except
for Carribean.

Stan
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Old June 25th 06, 02:42 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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"Stanley Naimon" wrote in message
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You need to have a GSM phone. Used many times in Europe. Need 900/1800
frequecies.


Well, there are a number of places where Verizon customers can use their
CDMA phones. Not as many as GSM users but still a posibility. Maybe if the
OP could tell us a little more we could be a little more help.

I use my phone overseas all the time. What do you want to know?

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Donald R. Newcomb
DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net


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Old June 25th 06, 03:11 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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"John Doe" wrote in message
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Looking for someone who's traveled overseas with their phone and had any
luck using it internationally.


I used my V710 in Beijing. It worked great, and roaming charges were
reasonable.







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Old June 25th 06, 05:22 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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On Sat, 24 Jun 2006, Stanley Naimon wrote:
You need to have a GSM phone. Used many times in Europe. Need 900/1800
frequecies.


GSM 900/1800 is the most common system outside of the Americas, but it
isn't the only one. Some other countries have the CDMA 800/1900 system
used in North America

see www.prepaidgsm.net. Forget your Verizon and probably Sprint except for
Carribean.


Not true. Verizon phones can roam in Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil,
Canada, China, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guam, India, Israel, Jamaica,
Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saipan, South Korea, St Maarten, Taiwan,
Thailand, Virgin Islands (both US and UK) and Venezuela.

Verizon also has three phones (Motorola a840, Samsung a795, Samsung i830)
which are CDMA 800/1900 and GSM 900/1800. These phones can roam in
GSM-only countries. All in all, Verizon has roaming agreements with over
140 countries and regions.

Last but not least, if you're going to Japan neither a GSM nor a CDMA
phone is any good. You need either a PDC (Japanese only) or W-CDMA phone.
Thanks to a small number of individuals who abused it, it is now very
difficult these days for people who are not Japanese citizens or foreign
residents in Japan to get mobile phone service in Japan directly from
Japanese mobile phone providers. Verizon customers can get rental
service, or you can apply for it at the airport, but it is extremely
expensive.

-- Mark --

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Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.
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Old June 25th 06, 05:53 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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Mark Crispin wrote:
Last but not least, if you're going to Japan neither a GSM nor a CDMA
phone is any good. You need either a PDC (Japanese only) or W-CDMA
phone. Thanks to a small number of individuals who abused it, it is now
very difficult these days for people who are not Japanese citizens or
foreign residents in Japan to get mobile phone service in Japan directly
from Japanese mobile phone providers. Verizon customers can get rental
service, or you can apply for it at the airport, but it is extremely
expensive.

-- Mark --


W-CDMA (aka 3G or UMTS) is starting to be used in many places around the
world. I am using one here in Australia, all the carriers here have 3G
networks expanding although mainly in major cities at this time. They
automatically switch back to GSM when out of 3G coverage.

The only real benefit of 3G is bandwidth for data or video usage. No
real difference for voice.


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Old June 25th 06, 07:11 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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Mark Crispin wrote:
On Sat, 24 Jun 2006, Stanley Naimon wrote:
You need to have a GSM phone. Used many times in Europe. Need
900/1800 frequecies.


GSM 900/1800 is the most common system outside of the Americas, but it
isn't the only one. Some other countries have the CDMA 800/1900 system
used in North America

see www.prepaidgsm.net. Forget your Verizon and probably Sprint
except for Carribean.


Not true. Verizon phones can roam in Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada,
China, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guam, India, Israel, Jamaica,
Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Saipan, South Korea, St Maarten, Taiwan,
Thailand, Virgin Islands (both US and UK) and Venezuela.

Verizon also has three phones (Motorola a840, Samsung a795, Samsung
i830) which are CDMA 800/1900 and GSM 900/1800. These phones can roam
in GSM-only countries. All in all, Verizon has roaming agreements with
over 140 countries and regions.


Good information.

It should also be noted that it's often much less expensive to rent a
CDMA phone than to pay roaming, or in GSM countries to buy a prepaid SIM
card for a 900/1800 unlocked GSM handset.

I used to go to Korea a lot, and phone rentals were quite inexpensive,
and included low-cost international calling.

Set up a "Next2Nothing" account on VoiceStick.com, and use that number
to forward calls to whatever number you get on a rental or prepaid card.
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Old June 25th 06, 08:19 AM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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John Doe wrote:
Looking for someone who's traveled overseas with their phone and had any
luck using it internationally.




I spend months each year in Hong Kong and Thailand -- usually up north
-- and with a Nokia unlocked GSM triband have no difficulty. Buy a
prepaid sims card in the country you are in -- depending on how long and
how much use as to how much you spend and it's no trouble to simply buy
another and add to your time if you run out. In Thailand, it's about 8
cents/minute to call anywhere in the country and 15 cents/minute to call
overseas such as to the States or Hong Kong. In HKG it's even less!

Miles
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Old June 25th 06, 04:25 PM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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Motorola v557:
No problem in Singapore and China. No way in Japan or Korea.

"John Doe" wrote in message
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Looking for someone who's traveled overseas with their phone and had any
luck using it internationally.





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Old June 25th 06, 05:38 PM posted to alt.cellular,alt.cellular.cingular,alt.cellular.gsm,alt.cellular.verizon
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On Sun, 25 Jun 2006, Simon Templar wrote:
W-CDMA (aka 3G or UMTS) is starting to be used in many places around the
world. I am using one here in Australia, all the carriers here have 3G
networks expanding although mainly in major cities at this time. They
automatically switch back to GSM when out of 3G coverage.


Yes, I believe that Australian and UK W-CDMA phones can roam in Japan.
CDMA and GSM phones can not.

-- Mark --

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Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to eat for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote.
 




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