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Sprint Phone for International Use


Sep 24, 2007, 4:24 PM
I'm due to upgrade with Sprint and wanted to get a phone that would have some international capabilities. The Blackberry 8830 keeps getting pushed, but I'd like to know if others would be just as capable where I travel.

I travel to Europe (France and Germany), Asia (China, S. Korea, and Japan), and Brazil. Not so concerned about Japan, but would like to know recommendations.


Oct 16, 2007, 1:47 PM
that and the htc are the only true world phones that sprint offers the last time I checked. You have to make sure you get a sim card and activate international roaming!

Oct 18, 2007, 10:43 PM
Currently we only offer the 8830 or the Samsung ip-830 wich is only available through our international roaming department. Either way international roaming is gonna cost you an arm and a leg expect about $2/min.

Oct 19, 2007, 9:14 PM
The Samsung ip-830 is offered in retail as well. Sprint is going to do a re-launch of the phone. According to Sprint's manager Playbook.

Oct 25, 2007, 11:49 AM
Most people with spring I know that travel internationally have an unlocked GSM phone for that purpose. The 8830 looks like a good device, as long as the GSM part is unlocked (so that you can get a local sim). If not, you will be paying through the roof.

Oct 25, 2007, 1:07 PM
8830's GSM portion is unlocked for other bands outside the U.S.

Oct 29, 2007, 7:30 PM

Oct 30, 2007, 12:23 PM
Thanks efparri, I'm familiar with Sprint, I'm a corp. Sprint rep. Thank you for sharing with me and everyone in the forums. Wink

Jan 21, 2008, 12:31 PM
Actually there is Samsung i325 (BlackJack II Sprint version) coming out mid-February.

I'm in the same case (US, Europe, Africa) but don't want to deal with BB 8830. I'm very familiar with Microsoft environment and can't wait for the phone. For me IP-830 is too bulky.

Sprint is always very good at unlocking the international phones.

For now I have a spare GSM (Motorola MPx220) phone for travel, and decided to upgrade to a PDA with Sprint. Can't wait for I-325 to be out. Wink

Nov 15, 2007, 9:39 PM
I had major problems with a Sprint BB 8830 in the UK. The dedicated UK Sprint Customer support number did not work either! I ended up making 5 calls from a landline in the UK back to Sprint USA before I could get data working. Sprint credited me 2 months service, but it was still a major pain

Dec 5, 2007, 10:10 AM
I have had mostly positive uses with bb 8830 customers. Seems to work fine everywhere. Of course yrmv

Dec 20, 2007, 8:59 AM
thats what I am talking about yes sir
Bufford T. Justice

Feb 9, 2008, 2:02 PM
Sprint's Samsung ACE.

May 30, 2008, 3:03 PM
Or you might consider temporarily going with a Nextel phone for international use, such as the i930, it's pretty simple now to flipflop between the networks.

Jun 1, 2008, 2:39 PM
erinthetechgeek said:
Or you might consider temporarily going with a Nextel phone for international use, such as the i930, it's pretty simple now to flipflop between the networks.

^^ don't do that. I've never met a customer who told me they loved or even liked their i930. For the cost of it, there are much better options.

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