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Can Anyone Lend Me A Tri-Band Cell Phone For Usa?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Hey! I plan to visit North America in late April. And I will be in USA for around 4 weeks.

As you may know, Hong Kong uses a different Cell Phone System from the one in the US.

Does anyone have a Tri-band phone? Or a CDMA Cell phone? If yes, can anyone lend it to me?

Many thanks. And hope to hear from you soon!

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

No, but I can lend you this instead.........

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

Hey KROC! Long time no see!

Come on.... seriously. Can anyone please lend me one?


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Dude, seriously, who is going to just "lend" you there cell phone, so you can use up all there minutes? Chances are, you can survive without the celly.

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

Nono! Just the cell...... You don't have to lend me your SIM Card.

Does anyone have an extra triband phone?????


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Seriously, chances are still very low even without a SIM card.

User currently offlineTyku From Finland, joined Sep 2001, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

hey, I will be in hong kong next week. can I borrow your girlfriend?

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

LMAO @ Tyku!!!

User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1399 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!  Wow!

'949


User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 1366 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.

Kai



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

Thanks anyway!

But is there anyone from HK who might lend me one?


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11576 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 1342 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.


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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4780 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

A CDMA phone won't accept a SIM card, you need a GSM phone. In the US, I believe Cingular has a GSM network, in Canada Rogers and Microcell do.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Im sure some kid will lend his cell phone to some person in Hong Kong....but while your at it can i borrow your car and perhaps $500000? oh come on i wouldnt use it all up  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Just buy a pay-as-you go unit. More expensive talk time will be more than offset by avoiding roaming charges. Plus, once you're done, you can probably sell the phone on eBay for like $20.

User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

why dun you rent one from your cell phone company??? I understand that some company do have this kind of service, just go and ask.

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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 1305 times:



Exactly. If you really need one, RENT ONE.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

Alright guys.  Smile

User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

The only pure GSM operator in the US is not Cingular but rather VoiceStream.

AT&T is on its way to completely converting to the Global Standard for Mobility and they are spending a ton of money to do it.

Cingular has all the different standards, I don't know how any vendor makes them phones!

Rogers in Canada is owned by AT&TWS in the US.

US phones tri-modes don't have SIM cards per say. VoiceStream does but the others don't. They are all built into the phone and recognized by an ESN number.

United Airline, if you have a GSM phone, it should work in the US roaming on VoiceSteam's network just at the different bandwidth.

TNNH


User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 1293 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.

TNNH


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

Thanks!  Smile

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