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  1. #1
    Mrike
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    Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    these GSM countries?

    What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?

    M.



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  2. #2
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (Mrike) wrote:

    > Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    > am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    > several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    > well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    > work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    > understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    > Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    > these GSM countries?
    >
    > What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?
    >
    > M.



    Sprint Dual mode means Analog & Digital. The digital is CDMA, not at all
    compatible with GSM. I don't know of any Sprint phones that would be
    good for Europe. Lately I have read lots of horror stories about even
    GSM phones bought stateside not working in Europe due to the GSM being
    on a different frequency. Check with Travel/Travel Agenct websites, they
    might have better information.



  3. #3
    SprintPCS Tech
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use



    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > Sprint Dual mode means Analog & Digital. The digital is CDMA, not at all
    > compatible with GSM. I don't know of any Sprint phones that would be
    > good for Europe. Lately I have read lots of horror stories about even
    > GSM phones bought stateside not working in Europe due to the GSM being
    > on a different frequency. Check with Travel/Travel Agenct websites, they
    > might have better information.


    I suggest to a lot of people, try it, if it doesn't work, most countries
    (esp in Europe and east Asia) offer pre-pay phones.

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  4. #4
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (SprintPCS Tech) wrote:

    >
    >
    > Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    > <[email protected]>:
    > > Sprint Dual mode means Analog & Digital. The digital is CDMA, not at all
    > > compatible with GSM. I don't know of any Sprint phones that would be
    > > good for Europe. Lately I have read lots of horror stories about even
    > > GSM phones bought stateside not working in Europe due to the GSM being
    > > on a different frequency. Check with Travel/Travel Agenct websites, they
    > > might have better information.

    >
    > I suggest to a lot of people, try it, if it doesn't work, most countries
    > (esp in Europe and east Asia) offer pre-pay phones.


    You are being totally disingenuous and dishonest then. Sprint phones
    will 100% not work in Europe on GSM and you know it.



  5. #5
    SprintPCS Tech
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use



    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    > You are being totally disingenuous and dishonest then. Sprint phones
    > will 100% not work in Europe on GSM and you know it.


    The Europe and east-Asia comment was in reference to the pre-pay phones.

    Maybe I should have clarified, that, too. Where I am, I dealwith a lot
    of people who travel to other countries, Latin America, the Carrebean,
    South America etc..

    I cann't give them a definite answer on if it will work down there, I'll
    never promote what I said for someone who does not have service, or
    someone who is adding a line, but if you already have a SprintPCS phone,
    whats the harm in trying it there? When I travel overseas, I bring my
    5150 to see if it works. ($2.50 / min from Bermuda!)

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  6. #6
    SprintPCS Tech
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use



    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > [email protected] (SprintPCS Tech) wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    > > <[email protected]>:
    > > > Sprint Dual mode means Analog & Digital. The digital is CDMA, not at all
    > > > compatible with GSM. I don't know of any Sprint phones that would be
    > > > good for Europe. Lately I have read lots of horror stories about even
    > > > GSM phones bought stateside not working in Europe due to the GSM being
    > > > on a different frequency. Check with Travel/Travel Agenct websites, they
    > > > might have better information.

    > >
    > > I suggest to a lot of people, try it, if it doesn't work, most countries
    > > (esp in Europe and east Asia) offer pre-pay phones.

    >
    > You are being totally disingenuous and dishonest then. Sprint phones
    > will 100% not work in Europe on GSM and you know it.


    Also, SprintPCS does lease GSM phones, they have plans that will let you
    take them to the specific areas asked about, but its not cheap, almost a
    ripoff (although you are internationaly roaming).

    If you're looking for new service that will allow you to go to those
    areas a lot, then I would recommend going into a service other than
    SprintPCS, one that offers GMS, such as Cingular. If its a once in a
    while thing, and/or the GSM service is poor / not available in your
    area, it may be more cost effective to go pre-pay while traveling.

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  7. #7
    Kevin
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    You need a European standard GSM phone and a prepaid sim. Look at most any
    corner store at your destination.


    "Mrike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    > am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    > several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    > well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    > work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    > understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    > Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    > these GSM countries?
    >
    > What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?
    >
    > M.






  8. #8
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use


    "Phillipe" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]
    >
    > You are being totally disingenuous and dishonest then. Sprint phones
    > will 100% not work in Europe on GSM and you know it.


    AND, there is no CDMA coverage in Europe. None.

    Tom Veldhouse





  9. #9
    Davyde
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    If you're travelling in Europe, you best get an unlocked TriBand GSM phone,
    which works on 3 GSM frequencies 900/1800/1900 MHZ. You can find these cheap
    on ebay..i recently bought an Ericsson T68 for $60. When you get to your
    destination in Europe, by prepaid SIM cards from providers like Vodafone,
    O2, Tmobile and so on. Rates will be a lot cheaper that way. If you travel
    from place to place, just keep using local prepaid SIM cards. Do not lease
    an international phone from Sprint, it's not economical to. Rates can go up
    to as much as $2.00 per minute..both incoming and outgoing.
    Now i do know that you can roam with a SprintPCS dual band CDMA phone in
    Hong Kong, Guam and New Zealand, but not assuredly.

    "Mrike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    > am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    > several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    > well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    > work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    > understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    > Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    > these GSM countries?
    >
    > What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?
    >
    > M.






  10. #10
    Hemant Shah
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    While stranded on information super highway Mrike wrote:
    Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    these GSM countries?

    What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?

    M.

    Sprint phones will not work in Europe and Asia. I have few friends who travel
    a lot outside of U.S.

    One of them has AT&T, his phone works great outside os U.S. but in U.S. AT&T
    does not have good GSM coverage, so he has TDMA phone also, I think he
    mentioned that he had same number worldwide and same number for both phones.
    I am not sure how he is able to have same number on both phones.

    Another friend recently got T-Mobile and he travels to Europe a lot, he
    is happy with the servie so far.

    Another friend who came from India to U.S. was able to roam on cingular
    network here.

    All of them have Tri-Band phones since different countries use different
    frequencies for GSM.



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  11. #11
    Steven Scharf
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    [email protected] (Mrike) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    > am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint. I travel in Europe and Asia
    > several times a year and would like a phone that will work there as
    > well as in the USA. I believe that I need a GSM compatible phone to
    > work in most of the countries I will be visiting, but I'm not sure I
    > understand how that technology relates to the phones available from
    > Sprint PCS. If I buy a dual mode/tri band phone, will it work in
    > these GSM countries?
    >
    > What should I be looking for when selecting a phone?


    Please visit http://earthroam.com as it will answer most
    of your questions.

    Sprint does offer worldwide GSM roaming, but you need
    a separate GSM handset.

    There are CDMA/GSM handsets coming, but not for a while.

    SprintPCS has _very high_ rates for GSM roaming, second
    only to Nextel. You are better off using Telestial HopAbroad
    for international use, with a recording on your SprintPCS
    phone that has your HopAbroad number.

    SprintPCS does have CDMA roaming in many CDMA
    countries, but mainly in the Carribean.

    Verizon has better GSM roaming rates than Sprint, and
    has a lot more coverage. T-Mobile has the cheapest
    European roaming rates.

    Again, it's all detailed at http://Earthroam.com

    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  12. #12
    David G. Imber
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    On 14 Aug 2003 23:09:27 -0700, [email protected] (Mrike) wrote:

    >Hi. I'm about to upgrade to a new phone (thinking about the A650) and
    >am hoping to be able to stay with Sprint.


    Sprint will do you no good outside the US except with a special
    handset (visit the Web site for more info).

    I have several friends who use T-Mobile when traveling to Europe
    and it's great.

    But you might want to check out local cell phone rentals wherever
    you're going. I have something set up for when I travel to Japan that's
    very cost effective, but before I'd set that up I used local rental cell
    phones and that was MUCH less costly than any international roaming
    arrangement I've seen.




  13. #13
    Donkey Agony
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use

    Davyde wrote:

    > Now i do know that you can roam with a SprintPCS dual band CDMA
    > phone in Hong Kong, Guam and New Zealand, but not assuredly.


    Could you elaborate on that please? You say "dual band" -- do you mean
    analog and PCS, or 800Mhz and PCS? And what do you mean "but not
    assuredly"?

    --
    da
    ~~
    "OE Quotefix" http://flash.to/oe-quotefix
    to fix Outlook Express' broken quoting.





  14. #14
    1900mhzcdma\(SU\)
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use


    "SprintPCS Tech" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    |
    |
    | Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    | <[email protected]>:
    | >
    | > You are being totally disingenuous and dishonest then. Sprint phones
    | > will 100% not work in Europe on GSM and you know it.
    |
    | The Europe and east-Asia comment was in reference to the pre-pay phones.
    |
    | Maybe I should have clarified, that, too. Where I am, I dealwith a lot
    | of people who travel to other countries, Latin America, the Carrebean,
    | South America etc..
    |
    | I cann't give them a definite answer on if it will work down there, I'll
    | never promote what I said for someone who does not have service, or
    | someone who is adding a line, but if you already have a SprintPCS phone,
    | whats the harm in trying it there? When I travel overseas, I bring my
    | 5150 to see if it works. ($2.50 / min from Bermuda!)
    You gotta tell sprint where you are going! T-Mobile doen't even let you go
    wherever you want anytime.





  15. #15
    Maokh
    Guest

    Re: Best Sprint Phone for Domestic & International Use


    Pick up a cheap "world band" GSM handset and pop in a local prepaid SIM
    ... international roaming really isn't worth it in a lot of cases
    (couple bucks a minute).

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




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