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Top message:  Thinking about buying the T610 or T616,,,,, Need some answers. by Tooling Engineer   Oct 30, 2003, 7:27 PM

Replying to:  Re: Thinking about buying the T610 or T616,,,,, Need some answers. by ctonjes   Nov 11, 2003, 2:07 PM

Re: Thinking about buying the T610 or T616,,,,, Need some answers.

by waterman277    Nov 17, 2003, 7:01 PM

Here's the quick answer,

As already pointed out, the T616 is not an upgrade, it is simply a different version of the same phone (one that works in 850, one in 900). As far as most end users are concerned, there is nothing inherently superior about one frequency versus another. It is certainly not true that 'higher is better'. The difference in frequecy become issues of signal deflection, bandwidth, and couple of others, but these are largely transparent to end users (this is a drastic simplification). It does matter, however, as to what frequecies your carrier provides service on, for instance AT&T has implemented GSM 850 + 1900, the T616 does both of these frequencies, however the T610 does only 1900. So if you are in a part of ATT network that provides only 850 coverage, a T610 will not, and the T616 will. There are no North American GSM operators using the 900 and 1800 part of the spectrum, however if you travel to Europe of Southeast Asia, these are important.

As to why a provider would want to 'give' you a phone, there truly is no free lunch. To get a subsidised (reduced or no cost phone) you must sign a contract for a monthly service fee for a period (usually two years). This contract constitutes a legal obligation to pay at least that many dollars for the term of contract. (IE 40/per month * 24 months). For the service companies, that is the trade off. They subsidise your phone, but they can be certain of receiving at least $960 from you over the term of your contract.

Cell companies are ruthless with regards to enforcing their rights (if not their obligations) under cell contracts.

Hope this is useful.

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