N949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
A tri-band GSM phone works quite nicely in the US, as long as you don't stray too far away from the major metropolitan areas and selective major Interstate highways. I was in Dallas, Austin, and Seattle last Oct/Nov, and my tri-band works nicely, even while I was driving along I-35 between DFW and AUS.
The international roaming cost is a different matter though!
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
Keep in mind, United Airline, that many phones have their SIM cards hard-wired to the phone, and thus you can't actually change the SIM card. There are phones of course that do (and I have one of them). However I'm on a GSM1900 network (how come even though the US can somewhat use the correct standard, they have to transmit on the wrong band!?!)
Given, the roaming charges will be astronomical if you use your SIM card on my phone (an example, I use my phone too much to let someone use it) If I try and go international with my phone, it's $2.49/minute for international calls, with $0.69/minute roaming on top of that. Not a pretty picture.
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13083 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
I have an extra tri-mode phone that works on AT&T. Their digital signal is crap in weaker areas. My suggestion is if you can borrow a phone, you can use a pre-paid card. Sprint and Verizon both have them but I'm not sure about AT&T. If the phone is only digital/analog (QCP 860, Samsung 411) you can use the pre-paid service thru Verizon if you are staying in one area. For nationwide on Verizon it needs to be tri-band.
Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
Anyway United Airline, if you need a triband phone, buy one on Ebay, you can probably get for AT&T a Nokia 5160 or an Ericsson R280LX for like 10 bucks. Take it to an AT&T store and buy a prepaid card. Then sell the phone again on ebay and your set.
Search ebay for Sprint and Verizon units as well, they also have prepaid.