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Jun 30, 2006, 2:53 AM

Black market phones

Hello. I want to buy a Samsung SGH-D600, but where I live there's only one store that sells this pphone and it's a little sketchy (black market feel to it). I was wondering if anyone knows of any way to check it's authenticity. Is there any way, without completely dismantling the phone, to ensure it's not a cheap rip-off, some secret give-away that only an expert on cell phones would know about? Note that the phone looks great in the store, everything works fine, and it comes in the original box with all the accessories.
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Jul 18, 2006, 12:12 PM

verizon wireless is impossible to contact from overseas

just wanted to let all you international travelers know i have had a nightmare trying to manage my verizon wireless account from overseas.

it was all fine until i forgot my password to my online access. i had my account on hold while i was living in australia. they resumed service on my account - meanwhile i had no online access - i tried to phone them, but they were unable to even give me a phone number that i could dial from australia - the only was i could contact them was through email = every time i emailed i got a different representative and had to explain my situation from the beginning - they refused to give me any info about my account except the current balance, wouldn't even tell me what it was they wanted me to pay for - ju...
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Jul 16, 2006, 2:43 PM

hp iPaq hw6915 availabe in UK: can I assume it will work in US ?

I just saw that the hp 6915 is available from http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpresentatio n/index.php?product_id=HPHW6915&src=HPXX

From what I can tell, this is an unbranded/unlocked phone.

If I bought one of these, would it work with Cingular (or other GSM network) in the US after popping a SIM card into it?
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Aug 19, 2005, 9:55 PM

Don't take it with you - internationally

There were $37 worth of charges whenever someone called me from the
States and got my voicemail while I was in Jamaica. About 20 calls for $1.99 each.

No calls out of Jamaica - just incoming calls to my voice mail - voicemail that I never accessed while I was in Jamaica.

Of course I called Cingular when I got home. They told me that this is was what happened when traveling international. They told me that even though I didn't actually
receive the call, I was liable for the charges, 'cause at some point I must have turned on my phone and the cell tower "hooked me up" - what if I turned it on to show someone a picture on my picture phone - or to check the battery strength

Asked for a supervisor, he told me he would give me half...
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Jul 7, 2006, 2:36 PM

India accounts for 12% of world growth

"During the first quarter of 2006, 12 per cent of all cellular subscription growth came from one country: India.

There were 14.3 million net additions to cellular full-mobility services in India in the period, which was almost double the 7.7 million net additions recorded in the third quarter of 2005, according to the World Cellular Information Service.

Back in 2000, when the cellular market boomed in Western Europe, India accounted for just 0.6% of growth in the global industry. "

Great growth story in India. They also have 300 million middle class, and rising, and more than 1.2 B people nationwide.
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Jul 9, 2006, 10:07 PM

cell phone in iraq

i am getting ready to deploy and want to know if i should take my phone or get one while i am there and do they offer the same type of features ie. video/pic mail
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Jun 28, 2006, 4:09 PM

Phones in India?

OK, we've got a HUGE Lions Club International meeting here this week, and I never knew that there were this many Indian Lions. I found out India has a CDMA network, but do they use the same bands as Verizon US? If so, I could probably make a killing in retail sales.

Jun 19, 2006, 2:50 AM

SE W900i in CA

Does anyone have the SE W900i and lives in CA? I was planning on buying this international phone on ebay and I wanted to see how the service is and how you like this phone.

My sim card is actually for AT&T but should work on all the Cingular networks, presumably the 1900 since the SE W900i doesn't support 850. And I live in the SF bay area.

Any help would be welcome, either about the service on the 1900 band in my area or about the phone. I don't want to pay $600 for the phone only to find out I get shoddy service in the area. Thanks!
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Jun 20, 2006, 12:56 PM


I have a 7250 with Verizon in the US which works great. I am going to do some international traveling, and would like to upgrade my Blackberry to an international version, but it doesn't appear that Verizon has one...does anyone know what else I can do?

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May 31, 2006, 7:38 PM

GPRS settings...

I was wondering if anyone knows how to get the GPRS and MMS settings for one of the GSM providers in Nicaragua, Enitel.

2 replies

Apr 30, 2006, 12:22 PM

Moto Pebl Unlocking

Can anyone tell me where I can have this phone unlocked online by remote cable unlock or any other way for that matter. Does anyone know of any sites
6 replies

Jun 13, 2006, 10:44 PM

Roaming in Canada and The Philippines ...

Here are some helpful stuff to help you on your next travel to the Canada or The Philippines from the U.S.

Using your GSM Motorola handset or Sidekick.

If your Driving up to the border ....

Normally once you have passed the border or the Nexus Border crossing/ Customs, the network should change automatically to either to Fido, Microcell, or Rogers.

If Not ... on your Motorola Handset, go to your Settings Menu, Select "NETWORK", and scroll down and select "AVAILABLE NETWORKS" then it will search for any the Canadian Networks; Select Either Fido, Microcell (FIDO), or Rogers.

As for the Sidekick, if no network has popped up ... Press the top left button, scroll down and select "NETWORK". It Should bring you to the p...

Mar 12, 2006, 1:00 PM

Buying a "graymarket" phone, and warranty issues?

I want to buy a Nokia 6681 phone because it favors world GSM frequencies (900 & 1800) over domestic (it also has 900). And I just plain like Nokia's.

When I e-mailed Nokia, not surprisingly I was told that NokiaUSA would not honor any warranty for any 6681 because it is not marketed domestically.

The only option is to accept some kind of warranty from the importer. I'm a bit concerned about this, especially with this phone, because it seems to have bugs in firmware that as they are discovered, Nokia needs to update the firmware. Importers don't have the capability to do this, and I presume -- that if they indeed agree to do this, which is not absolute -- they would have to send this to the home country (ie Europe).

What are other...
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Apr 25, 2006, 3:25 AM

need to access my old israeli orange account

i used to have service with orange in israel several years back. i had a weird sortof post-pay pay-as-you-go kindof thing where i got a monthly bill, only if i used the phone. i did not disconnect service upon moving to the usa. i still have the sim card for the account, although it does me no good since my cingular phone is locked and wont accept a forigen sim.

what i need to do is: access my account with orange so that i can use it if i ever visit israel. i will need to change billing info and whatnot. i tried their website orange.co.il and tried registering to manage my account online, but it sent a verification code in a text message to the phone, but I HAVE NO WAY OF RETRIEVING IT HERE IN AMERICA, so i cannot log in that way. i ...
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Apr 27, 2006, 12:28 PM

Phone Unlocking ...

have a t-mobile / cingular phone which you wat to use outside the USA and your carrier wont unlock for you? drop me an email at m0t0rbr3th@gmail.com and maybe I can help you out.
Better, you want to buy the unlocking equipment for yourself? I can help you with that as well ...

Apr 25, 2006, 8:13 AM

Samsumg #X426

Will my Samsumg #X426 work in Italy? I will be there for 3 wks and need to be able to be contacted via text messaging. thx!
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Apr 21, 2006, 3:02 PM

Motorola A840 or SamsungA795

I am going on an Oceania cruise of western Europe and currently am a Verizon subscriber. Ocenaia has a new system that makes it possible to use wireless at sea, providing you use one of the big carriers like Verizon. The only GSM phones Verizon offers are Motorola A840 or Samsung A795. Last year I took a Motorola A840 phone with me on a cruise and had to keep rebooting it, so I returned it.

Any idea whether either one of these phones is now a good phone to have?
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Apr 7, 2006, 2:38 AM

motorola razr

so i bought a motorola razr, brought it in from another country. it's as blank as blank can be. the software installed is the one motorolla gave it before it left the factory. i'm not on the cingular network and things like picture messaging or going on the net don't work. i was wondering if anyone could help me out in figuring out how to put the cingular software in. i called 611 (cingular hotline) and they said it might not be able to happen. but i know it can...and i need someone's help.

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Mar 16, 2006, 11:18 PM

Roaming with Cingular in Italy & Austria....advice?

I will be in Italy and Austria for 2 weeks. I was originally going to buy an Italian Sim card and use that but then decided that at most I may call ahead to the hotel or use the phone for emergencies or problems. I think I will just use the Cingular international roaming feature.

Can anyone give advice or things to watch out for? Is it really only $1.29 a minute or are there hundreds of dollars in hidden fees?

The advantage to the european sim card with european phone number would be that it's prepaid. No way to go over. But if I am only going to use maybe 30 minutes it won't be advantageous. Another option is to keep a prepaid phone card in my wallet for use on payphones. You can get plenty of minutes for a traveler for $5.

Anyway ...
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Mar 19, 2006, 12:35 PM

New phone for European trip?

I'm preparing for trip to Italy in April. I also will be changing to Cingular this summer. Is it better to buy an inexpensive unlocked phone and buy a sim card or buy an unlocked Cingular compatible quad phone now?
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