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Replying to:  rich, question for you!! by temp   Feb 19, 2005, 10:24 AM

Re: rich, question for you!!

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    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 thought Samsung might make similar versions for the U.S. But Samsung is not one of the three manufacturers Cingular has tapped for its initial new line of 3G phones, so I don't see that happening this year.

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