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  1. #1
    kjk
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    Hi folks,

    Regarding the Motorola V180 . . .

    Amazon.com describes this phone as . . .
    "quad-band global coverage capability"
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...eless&n=301187

    Cingular describes this phone as . . .
    "Operates on 850/900/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks "
    http://onlinestored.cingular.com/web...&svcAreaId=SCR

    T-Mobile describes this phone as . . .
    "International phone: Tri-band (1900,1800,900 MHz)"
    http://tmobile.com/products/overview...63&class=phone

    Motorola describes this phone for Cingular GSM as . . .
    "For use on GSM 850/900/1900 networks"
    http://commerce.motorola.com/consume...phone_cat.html

    Motorola describes this phone for T-Mobile as . . .
    "For use on GSM 900/1800/1900 networks"
    http://commerce.motorola.com/consume...phone_cat.html

    Wirefly describes this phone as . . .
    "Quad Band GSM Allows Roaming In More Than 150 Countries"
    https://www.inphonic.com/PhoneDetail...=sonepager.asp

    Phonescoop describes this phone as . . .
    "Modes GSM 800/GSM 1800/GSM 1900
    carrier-dependent (can be dual-band, tri-band, or quad-band) "
    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=466

    Is it possible that this is really, physically, a quad band phone, but
    the carriers use the software to disable it so it can only work
    internationally on their system?



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  2. #2
    Bill Kraski
    Guest

    Re: Is the Moto V180 really quad band?

    kjk wrote:

    > Hi folks,
    >
    > Regarding the Motorola V180 . . .
    >
    > Amazon.com describes this phone as . . .
    > "quad-band global coverage capability"


    Depends on the phone. The ones AT&T supplied were quad band, most now
    offered in the US are triband. And, per a message in another thread, I
    understand that at least some unbranded V180s are also quad band. Which
    means that if I ever switch to a true Cingular plan, I'm going to unlock my
    AT&T V180 instead of gettingf Cingular's tribander. :-)

    Bill K



  3. #3
    BruceR
    Guest

    Re: Is the Moto V180 really quad band?

    Since AT&T is now Cingular there's no need to unlock your phone to use
    with a Cingular plan.

    From:Bill Kraski
    [email protected]lid

    > kjk wrote:
    >
    >> Hi folks,
    >>
    >> Regarding the Motorola V180 . . .
    >>
    >> Amazon.com describes this phone as . . .
    >> "quad-band global coverage capability"

    >
    > Depends on the phone. The ones AT&T supplied were quad band, most now
    > offered in the US are triband. And, per a message in another thread,
    > I understand that at least some unbranded V180s are also quad band.
    > Which means that if I ever switch to a true Cingular plan, I'm going
    > to unlock my AT&T V180 instead of gettingf Cingular's tribander. :-)
    >
    > Bill K






  4. #4
    Bill Kraski
    Guest

    Re: Is the Moto V180 really quad band?

    BruceR wrote:

    > Since AT&T is now Cingular there's no need to unlock your phone to use
    > with a Cingular plan.


    Not true. If I buy another phone as my main phone (like a Treo 650 or a
    V551) & still want to sometimes use the V180 as a backup or in places where
    I want only a phone, I can't just simply switch the sim card. The V180,
    which is locked as an AT&T (Cingular blue) phone will not accept it. The
    phone has to be unlocked or I need to buy a Cingular (orange) locked V180
    (which is tri-band, not quad-band).

    If I travel out of North America, I have several options. I can roam on
    foreign carriers that have agreements with Cingular, at exorbitant rates.
    I can go without a phone. I believe Cingular offers an international sim
    that will allow international calling, but the rates are still higher than
    foreign local plans -- at least AT&T used to offer something like that. Or
    I can unlock the phone so it'll take a prepaid sim for a carrier local to
    where I'm travelling.

    In either scenario, unlocking the phone I've got sounds like a better
    option.

    Bill K



  5. #5
    Bill Kraski
    Guest

    Re: Is the Moto V180 really quad band?

    Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

    > Any ideas on HOW to unlock that V180?
    >
    > I, too, have an AT&T V180...


    Best bet is to do a Google newsgroups search in some of the cellular NGs. I
    don't recall whether it was here the Cingular or the ATTWS NG I've seen the
    topic come up, for various phones. But it's a common topic, so there
    should be lots of input. Since my V180 does all I need it to, for now, &
    I'm satisfied with the old AT&T plan, I'm not pushing to make any changes
    yet. But, if I start spending more time overseas, the option of
    alternating two separate sim cards in an unlocked phone would be very
    attractive. :-)

    Bill K



  6. #6
    rjdriver
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    Re: Is the Moto V180 really quad band?


    "kjk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    <SNIP>


    > Is it possible that this is really, physically, a quad band phone, but
    > the carriers use the software to disable it so it can only work
    > internationally on their system?



    More important than the number of bands might be the frequent reports of
    serious problems with this phone due to poor build quality. Cheap plastic
    covers, screens cracking, etc. This doesn't appear to be one of Moto's
    better efforts.


    Bob





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