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Re: Can someone explain the difference between a GSM phone and a GSM capable phone?
Feb 19, 2012, 5:45 PM
in the Around the World forum

Wow. I get it. Thank you both, that was extremely helpful.

Re: Can someone explain the difference between a GSM phone and a GSM capable phone?
Feb 17, 2012, 4:56 PM
in the Around the World forum

Thanks Jellz, Since I was having such a tough time getting a straight answer from him, I rephrased my question like this: "If I'm in Europe and I have my choice to have an AT&T GSM phone with me or a Verizon phone that supports GSM, which one will be better?" and he responded that the AT&T phone would be much better. When I asked him why, we started going in circles again... so ...

Can someone explain the difference between a GSM phone and a GSM capable phone?
Feb 15, 2012, 5:34 PM
in the Around the World forum

I spent 45 minutes trying to comprehend the Verizon employee who seemed to be making stuff up as he went along. I told him that I want a phone that I can use in Europe and the US. He said that I need a GSM phone. I asked him if he had any GSM phones. He said that they have Global and World Ready phones but no GSM phones, I would have to go to ...

Re: Newbie to unlocked phones - need purchase advice
Sep 23, 2008, 6:34 AM
in the General forum

Thank you!! Awesome advice. I appreciate the help.

Newbie to unlocked phones - need purchase advice
Sep 22, 2008, 10:03 AM
in the General forum

Hi, I've had Verizon phones for the last 8 years. I really like the Nokia E71 smartphone and I'm pretty close to buying one from Best Buy for $460. Do I just walk into AT&T and tell them I want a plan but, thanks, I already have a phone from Best Buy? Or do I have to play coy, take their low end freebie phone, and - wink wink nod nod - switch the sim ...

Would like to send SMS messages from my web site
Aug 25, 2004, 9:54 PM
in the Techs & Trends forum

I have a web site and my users are asking for SMS notices sent to their phones. (For example, when someone replies to one of their posts in the forum, they are notified by phone). I'm trying to understand the whole SMS model and would appreciate any pointers. I believe that if my site delivers the message to an SMSC, then the message will in turn be delivered to the user's cell phone. Who runs these SMSC's? How do they ...

Re: One Please
Feb 23, 2004, 9:14 PM
in the Article: Nokia Announces New Communicator Smartphone forum

Finally!! I've been waiting patiently for a smartphone that has everything and this sounds like it's what I'm looking for. I'll be interested to know the screen size, Java capabilities (if any), and available apps. My budget is around $1000 US - I hope it comes in around that price or less. I can't wait!!

Re: Will a Cingular buyout of AT&T mean better coverage?
Feb 17, 2004, 3:12 PM
in the Techs & Trends forum

It looks like the sale will be completed in late 2004 so really, I'm guessing it's going to be about 12 months before the average consumer sees any better coverage as a result. Am I right? Also, just because they will have the largest customer base doesn't mean that the Cingular/AT&T network will have the most towers, does it?

Will a Cingular buyout of AT&T mean better coverage?
Feb 16, 2004, 5:02 PM
in the Techs & Trends forum

Will coverage improve for both Cingular and AT&T customers since each will have access to the other's towers? (Does it work that way?) And if that's the case, how long will it take before this benefit is available to the average consumer like me? days? weeks? months? Lastly, if coverage does improve, how will Cingular's new improved coverage compare the the current Verizon coverage? (Coverage is the only reason I've been staying with Verizon so far.) Thanks ...

What does "requires network support" mean?
Jan 28, 2004, 11:43 PM
in the Nokia 7700 forum

I read a description of this product and it said, Note that messaging functions, Java application downloads, browsing, and high-speed access all require operator and network support. . I assume that network support means that my carrier must offer that feature. But my question is this (and let's say we're talking about SMS). Is it enough that my carrier offers SMS, or does my carrier need to offer SMS specifically designed for this phone, the Nokia 7700? And what ...

Re: Anyone know how to create a WAP site?
Jan 11, 2004, 4:58 PM
in the Development forum

There are content headers that go on behind the scenes that tell the user's browser how to handle your WAP decks. There are three ways to create these content headers. (A) You can create a mime type for WAP files in Apache's httpd.conf file on the web server if you are root on the box, (B) you can create a mime type in an .htaccess file for your directory on your web server, or (C) you can use a ...

Jan 11, 2004, 3:11 PM
in the General forum

Sprinthater: Thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough and helpful answer. It certainly matches what my experience has been which is that Verizon (cdma technology) has had such great coverage in my area. I also like your suggestion that I ask for another salesperson, I'm going to give that a try. :)

Jan 11, 2004, 3:02 PM
in the General forum

Thank you Myth. Excellent advice. I appreciate the thoughtful response, especially about honest sales reps. I've had Verizon for 5 years and I've stayed with them because the coverage is so great here in Connecticut. Honestly, I can drive for 30 minutes without losing my call. I am interested in a high end GSM smartphone with Bluetooth - VZW doesn't have any but I'm concerned about losing my great coverage. I'll look for the coverage maps and ...

Jan 10, 2004, 4:12 PM
in the General forum

Sprinthater: That's excellent advice. Your answer raises two questions, though. (I'm a customer, currently trying to pick a carrier and a phone, by the way). Question 1: How do I research a carrier? I want the best coverage. I want to drive 30 miles and not lose a call. Reading people's vendettas doesn't really give me any facts. Are there places where I can check to see which carrier has ...

Re: Why does everyone expect a free phone?
Jan 10, 2004, 9:12 AM
in the General forum

Here's why customers expect a free phone. Because they recognize it as an old business model: "Give 'em the razor for free and sell them the blades." They assume that you are going to make it up in the monthly charges. They assume that if the industry wasn't making money, then the market would correct itself and you would all stop giving the phones away. But currently, customers expect a free phone because everyone is ...

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