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Buying a phone in the US for use in Europe


Jul 29, 2007, 7:27 PM
Im currently on holiday in the US and Canada and was wondering if it would make sense to buy a cell phone to bring back to Europe (since electronics are generally quite a bit cheaper in the US).

Im mostly interested in phones similar to the iPhone in functionality, that is with good internet browsing functionality and a video/music player. As these phones are usually quite expensive, im thinking that the savings will be worth it.

So basically i would like to know if there are any major hindrances. For example:

1. Can you buy a phone unlocked without a subscription etc?

2. Will it be as easy as just putting my old SIM-card into the new phone?

Can you buy phones in the US supporting UMTS
(or do you only get EDGE)?


Aug 18, 2007, 9:04 PM
1 Yes
2 If the handset is unlocked, then yes. Voice services should work without any issues. Data ones may be a bit tricky unless you can configure the data side to work with your particular European wireless carrier.
3 You can buy UMTS unlocked handsets as well as EDGE ones.
4 You may be able to do so from an independent wireless handset insurance company. Many home owners insurance policy cover electronic devices like a cellular handset.
5 Try googling for one.

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