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  1. #1
    Can anyone recommend a US based provider with superior international
    coverage? We travel primarily in western europe, Japan, China and
    Australia. It would be nice to find one provider that could cover them
    all with one phone.

    Thanks.




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    Donald Newcomb
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    Re: international


    "Joseph" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > You will
    > however encounter a problem with Japan as it uses a mobile standard
    > that is unique to Japan. You'll have to rent a compatible handset
    > there and use your GSM SIM in one of their unique handsets. One phone
    > is a reality everywhere except Japan.


    One of the four mobile standards now in use in Japan is WCDMA-2100. This is
    the only one that complies with international standards*. You can buy a
    single GSM-900/1800/1900 + WDCMA-2100 phone that will work in Europe, most
    of Asia (including Japan) and the US. (I should know, I own one.) However,
    AFAIK, none of the US carriers sell such a phone, so you will have to buy it
    on your own. One place that was selling them is TigerDirect.com

    *Some might claim that PHS is an international standard. Let's not get into
    that.
    --
    Donald Newcomb
    DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net





  3. #3
    CharlesH
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    Re: international

    Joseph wrote:
    > On 29 Jul 2005 14:23:55 -0700, [email protected] wrote:
    > You will however encounter a problem with Japan as it uses a mobile standard
    > that is unique to Japan. You'll have to rent a compatible handset
    > there and use your GSM SIM in one of their unique handsets. One phone
    > is a reality everywhere except Japan.


    Don't know about GSM, but a poster familiar with mobile systems in Japan
    said that the Japanese CDMA provider will soon switch the transmit and
    receive frequencies on their 850MHz CDMA system, so that they will be
    same as the rest of the CDMA world. Japanese CDMA phones are capable of
    dealing with either configuration, so they won't have to do a big
    equipment swap.




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