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  1. #1
    Si
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    I'm travelling to the US later this year - San Francisco and Vegas.

    How easy is it to buy SIM free handsets in the US - and which stores should
    I keep an eye out for?

    Thanks,

    Simon.





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  2. #2
    Ivor Jones
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    Re: USA dealers for SIM free handsets...

    Si wrote:
    > I'm travelling to the US later this year - San Francisco and Vegas.
    >
    > How easy is it to buy SIM free handsets in the US - and which
    > stores should I keep an eye out for?


    What are you going to use it for..? Maybe better to take a phone with you
    and use a local SIM..? Bear in mind GSM is still very patchy in the US,
    although it is ok in major cities, certainly I can vouch for San
    Francisco.

    You may be better off with something like this:
    http://www.buytel.com/travelfone/

    Ivor





  3. #3
    Si
    Guest

    Re: USA dealers for SIM free handsets...


    "Ivor Jones" <this.address@notvalid.inv> wrote in message
    news:csbn6h$vpp$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Si wrote:
    >> I'm travelling to the US later this year - San Francisco and Vegas.
    >>
    >> How easy is it to buy SIM free handsets in the US - and which
    >> stores should I keep an eye out for?

    >
    > What are you going to use it for..? Maybe better to take a phone with you
    > and use a local SIM..? Bear in mind GSM is still very patchy in the US,
    > although it is ok in major cities, certainly I can vouch for San
    > Francisco.
    >
    > You may be better off with something like this:
    > http://www.buytel.com/travelfone/
    >
    > Ivor
    >
    >


    I was thinking of buying the phone in the US (wider choice of models than
    UK) and bringing it back here to the UK to use.

    Si.





  4. #4
    Jayne Bilder
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    Re: USA dealers for SIM free handsets...

    my mother lives in LA and it worked better for her to take her phone over to
    la with her which was out of contract and me to post her a virgin sim,she
    told me after she went to the phone shops in la she couldnt belive the
    prices they charged for the phone.she said payg sims were $50/$60 in la and
    she couldnt text home with them.
    "Si" <si@dontbotherspamming.thisaddress> wrote in message
    news:csbok6$6cm$1@news8.svr.pol.co.uk...
    >
    > "Ivor Jones" <this.address@notvalid.inv> wrote in message
    > news:csbn6h$vpp$1@news6.svr.pol.co.uk...
    >> Si wrote:
    >>> I'm travelling to the US later this year - San Francisco and Vegas.
    >>>
    >>> How easy is it to buy SIM free handsets in the US - and which
    >>> stores should I keep an eye out for?

    >>
    >> What are you going to use it for..? Maybe better to take a phone with you
    >> and use a local SIM..? Bear in mind GSM is still very patchy in the US,
    >> although it is ok in major cities, certainly I can vouch for San
    >> Francisco.
    >>
    >> You may be better off with something like this:
    >> http://www.buytel.com/travelfone/
    >>
    >> Ivor
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I was thinking of buying the phone in the US (wider choice of models than
    > UK) and bringing it back here to the UK to use.
    >
    > Si.
    >






  5. #5
    Ivor Jones
    Guest

    Re: USA dealers for SIM free handsets...

    Si wrote:

    [snip]

    > I was thinking of buying the phone in the US (wider choice of
    > models than UK) and bringing it back here to the UK to use.


    The problem there is the US uses different frequencies for GSM (where they
    use GSM at all) than we do - they use 850/1900 whereas we use 900/1800 so
    unless you get a quad band phone, which are still somewhat rare, it won't
    work over here.

    Ivor





  6. #6
    Ivor Jones
    Guest

    Re: USA dealers for SIM free handsets...


    "Joseph" <JoeOfSeattle@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:4vvqu0hfr5aa0869cgnitfvqu225nrv88b@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 18:50:55 -0000, "Si"
    > <si@dontbotherspamming.thisaddress> wrote:
    >
    >>I was thinking of buying the phone in the US (wider choice of models
    >>than
    >>UK) and bringing it back here to the UK to use.

    >
    > Surely you jest about a wider selection of models being available in
    > the US as opposed to the UK. Europe has a much wider selection of
    > phones than is available in the states if only because many phones
    > that the major manufacturers such as Nokia, Siemens, et al don't see
    > the North American market as mature as that of Europe and Asia. As
    > far as tri-band phones you'll probably have the same or less
    > selection in North America.


    Except that they'll be 850/1800/1900 MHz rather than 900/1800/1900 and so
    be unusable in EU except on 1800 MHz networks.

    Ivor





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