Mudboy
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New Cell Phone Advice?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:30 pm

I work overseas, and only use my cell when I am in the states, which is not very often. All I have is a Razor, which is not internet capable, so I am behind the times. I am looking to buy somethin along the lines of a Blackberry or I phone, that I can buy and change the SIM Card, depending on if I am in the US, Europe or the Middle East for service. I would like to be able to get on the net when I am in the States too. Is this possible, or am I dreaming? Any advice would be appreciated. Stay Safe!!
 
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RE: New Cell Phone Advice?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:34 pm

You need an unlocked device...
Most models of Blackberry and the iPhone 3G/3GS are all easily available on ebay and other stores online (and in brick and mortar in most cities). Or you can buy one from a carrier and then buy the unlocker or unlock code online and unlock it yourself... iphone that's not so easy but Blackberry its just a few keystrokes... unlock codes run anywhere from $5 to $20 USD normally, sometimes you will find cheaper "giveaway" deals posted, but be careful as there are scams out there.

Just a question of what you want to do with it...
Personally i prefer Blackberry over iPhone because I use my device for email and txt more than browsing and like the full keyboard, i use a BlackBerry 9700 bold right now, great device but brand new so still a few bugs with it. Blackberry 8900 is a good device, solid, but not 3G.

Once a phone is unlocked you can pop almost any SIM into it and get service... voice and data are dependent on the services assigned by the carrier to the SIM though.
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
 
yyzala
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RE: New Cell Phone Advice?

Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:10 pm

If you need a phone to do phone calls and browse the net then a touchscreen device such as the iPhone or any Android device (Nexus One) would be your best bet. Browsing on a non-touchscreen device such as BlackBerry is not always as good due to small screen. Furthermore, if you are considering the Blackberry I'd advise against it. It has the worst browser and other than email and BIS network the device is not very useful. Instead I would recommend the Nokia E71/E72 due to better apps and the ability for you to simply "tinker" with the device.

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