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  1. #1
    Steve Banks
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    Hello All,

    I have SprintPCS with three phones. My son in college is going to England
    for a quarter this fall. Needless to say he won't be able to use his Sprint
    phone.

    What is the best solution for me to hook him up with a phone service for a
    few months while in England?

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve Banks


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  2. #2
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?

    Steve Banks <[email protected]> wrote:

    > What is the best solution for me to hook him up with a phone service for a
    > few months while in England?


    Rent or buy him a phone there - try to find him one with cheap calling to the
    US, or find a phonecard with cheap calling to the US

    Sprint uses CDMA on 1900 MHz. Europe uses GSM on 900 and 1800 MHz. Incompatible
    technology - wrong frequencies - so Sprint phones won't work in Europe.

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  3. #3
    Steve Banks
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?


    "Steven J Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Steve Banks <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > What is the best solution for me to hook him up with a phone service for

    a
    > > few months while in England?

    >
    > Rent or buy him a phone there - try to find him one with cheap calling to

    the
    > US, or find a phonecard with cheap calling to the US
    >
    > Sprint uses CDMA on 1900 MHz. Europe uses GSM on 900 and 1800 MHz.

    Incompatible
    > technology - wrong frequencies - so Sprint phones won't work in Europe.


    Thanks Steven,

    I knew the CDMA would not work... a buddy of mine had ATT for service and
    when he went to Europe for vacations, he'd buy a local GSM phone and slip
    his "Chip" into the new phone, thus keeping all of his phone numbers etc.

    I think for the short period of time an inexpensive phonecard might be the
    best bet.

    Thanks,
    Steve Banks


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  4. #4
    P T Wang
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?


    "Steve Banks" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    > I knew the CDMA would not work... a buddy of mine had ATT for service and
    > when he went to Europe for vacations, he'd buy a local GSM phone and slip
    > his "Chip" into the new phone, thus keeping all of his phone numbers etc.
    > I think for the short period of time an inexpensive phonecard might be the
    > best bet.


    A quarter (3 months)? Buy a local Vodafone, Orange, or Virgin (or more)
    prepaid SIM card and a tri/quad band unlocked (SIM free) GSM phone. Incoming
    call is free locally.

    A phonecard requires a phone (fixed phone, pay phone, etc) to work, and
    incoming call is not possible.






  5. #5
    Steve Banks
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?


    "P T Wang" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Steve Banks" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]
    > > I knew the CDMA would not work... a buddy of mine had ATT for service

    and
    > > when he went to Europe for vacations, he'd buy a local GSM phone and

    slip
    > > his "Chip" into the new phone, thus keeping all of his phone numbers

    etc.
    > > I think for the short period of time an inexpensive phonecard might be

    the
    > > best bet.

    >
    > A quarter (3 months)? Buy a local Vodafone, Orange, or Virgin (or more)
    > prepaid SIM card and a tri/quad band unlocked (SIM free) GSM phone.

    Incoming
    > call is free locally.
    >
    > A phonecard requires a phone (fixed phone, pay phone, etc) to work, and
    > incoming call is not possible.



    Thanks PT, appreciate it!

    Steve


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  6. #6
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?

    P T Wang <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A quarter (3 months)? Buy a local Vodafone, Orange, or Virgin (or more)
    > prepaid SIM card and a tri/quad band unlocked (SIM free) GSM phone. Incoming
    > call is free locally.
    >
    > A phonecard requires a phone (fixed phone, pay phone, etc) to work, and
    > incoming call is not possible.


    Hey, PT.

    I suggested the phone card only for cheap international calling.

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  7. #7
    P T Wang
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?


    "Steven J Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > P T Wang <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > A phonecard requires a phone (fixed phone, pay phone, etc) to work, and
    > > incoming call is not possible.

    >
    > Hey, PT.
    >
    > I suggested the phone card only for cheap international calling.


    You are right.

    A combination of phone card (or callback service) and a cell phone can be
    the best solution. International rates on cell phones are still many times
    above the phone card competition.






  8. #8
    Sprout
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    Re: Overseas Alternative?

    On Tue, 17 Aug 2004 03:23:42 GMT, "P T Wang" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Steven J Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> P T Wang <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> > A phonecard requires a phone (fixed phone, pay phone, etc) to work, and
    >> > incoming call is not possible.

    >>
    >> Hey, PT.
    >>
    >> I suggested the phone card only for cheap international calling.

    >
    >You are right.
    >
    >A combination of phone card (or callback service) and a cell phone can be
    >the best solution. International rates on cell phones are still many times
    >above the phone card competition.
    >
    >


    You can order a phone with UK SIM from Mobal Communications.
    http://www.mobalworldphone.com




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