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rich, question for you!!

temp

Feb 19, 2005, 10:24 AM
can you post pix of the 3g phones that support GSM as well? such as the samsung z500, the z800i by SE, etc.....because those phones could be used on a US network :-)
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Rich Brome

Feb 21, 2005, 1:17 PM
Theoretically, yes, you can use some European 3G phones on GSM 1900 networks like T-Mobile.

But there are usually not "generic" unlocked versions of 3G phones, unlike regular GSM phones. The 3G phones are usually heavily customized for specific carriers, and are usually harder to unlock.

Plus, you'd be buying a phone with expensive extra 3G features that will never work in the U.S. In that respect, it's not the best value for your money, IMHO.

Since Phone Scoop focuses exclusively on the U.S. market, we generally prefer to focus on U.S. phones. That certainly includes 3G phones, just not WCDMA 2100 phones, since we don't (and won't) have that exact band in the U.S.

I would post something brief on the Samsung 3G phones if I though...
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temp

Feb 22, 2005, 9:19 AM
Rich Brome said:
Theoretically, yes, you can use some European 3G phones on GSM 1900 networks like T-Mobile.

But there are usually not "generic" unlocked versions of 3G phones, unlike regular GSM phones. The 3G phones are usually heavily customized for specific carriers, and are usually harder to unlock.

Plus, you'd be buying a phone with expensive extra 3G features that will never work in the U.S. In that respect, it's not the best value for your money, IMHO.

Since Phone Scoop focuses exclusively on the U.S. market, we generally prefer to focus on U.S. phones. That certainly includes 3G phones, just not WCDMA 2100 phones, since we don't (and won't) have that exact band in the U.S.

I would post something brief
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Rich Brome

Feb 22, 2005, 9:28 AM
Well, what I'm saying is that, personally, I think you'd be much better off buying a Samsung E720 instead of a Z500, or an E730 instead of a Z300, etc. You'd get almost all of the same features, (except 3G, which wouldn't work here anyway,) in a smaller package, with better battery life, for less money.
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