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Posted by jpxavier
I am planning to go to India for vacation and would like to carry a cell phone that works in India using some local provider in India.
Can someone recommend a phone (and/or service provider) that works in the US and in India ? Basically I want purchase any locally available pre-paid cards in India and use it in my phone while on vacation and put the original card back in when I am back in the USA. I heard India uses 900 GSM/GPRS where in the USA it is 850/1900.

Thanks much,
Jose Xavier


Posted by shaggyhog
have used my t68i in both india and usa so can guarantee that one.. but any such tri-band pone should do the trick e.g. t610 (t616?)

before you go check the roaming charges.. although they're high, do they really add up to more than the initial cost of your indian sim over a 2-week period? unless you plan to return within about 6 months or whenever that sim's number will expire without top-up...

i haven't been anywhere where sims r that cheap yet... you say it's a vacation, so u can't be pllanning to use it lots

Posted by Indianbwoy
Any phone that is Dual-Band/Tri-Band should work in India and as for the USA, as long as its a GSM network ur on, a Tri-Band phone should work (which is most phones on the market nowadays including T68i/P800/T610)

You can get loadsa Pre-Paid mobile cards in India, its cheaper too if u wanna call to Indian numbers as roaming charges for me were £0.80p-£1.30pm/20-25p per txt msg. Also it seems in most places a mobile is cheaper than using a landline in India.
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T68i, P800
Nokia 3650

[ This Message was edited by: Indianbwoy on 2003-09-23 01:19 ]

Posted by fijbert
http://www.esato.com/phones/
a wide selection of different phones
just check for the ones that hv bands 1900/1800/900

Posted by kryptonite_999
I have a nokia 3595 Tmobile which i had unlocked.This phone is dual band and works on GSm 850/1900.I made this mistake of buying this phone from ebay as im in india and this phone doesnt accept any network.i want someone to tell me please what i can do to get this phone working on gsm 900/1800.Please dont tell me nothing can be done,tell me something will work and something can be done.Please ..help....

Posted by govigov
Cheap sim cards and callin rates guaranteed! :-) get the triband, or else buy a phone after reachin india.

Posted by plasmadog
yeah,
i think buying a phone in india is cheaper because handset prices are low. also, u get a warranty.
there are loads of pay as u go cards which offer nationwide roaming.
bsnl has the widest coverage network,
airtel has the best service nationwide... with gprs/wap connectivity.
right now.. 800/900/1800 GHz bands are being used.
so i suggest u pick up any triband phone.
cheers.


Posted by Residentevil
I would go with T-mobile. They are the only true GSM provider in the USA. Buy a triband 900/1800/1900. You'll be able to use T-mobile in US on 1900 and you will have coverage in India through either them (roaming) or a local provider on 900. Air Tel India is a large provider there.
They offer the T610. Or go with a T630 from a internet shop.

Cheers

Posted by Roshan
I'm planning to Buy palmOne Treo 650.
This has Digital Cellular Technology: GSM 1800Mhz, GSM 900Mhz

I'm planning to go back to INDIA in few months and am wondering if the GSM technolgy by local providers in India (say Airtel or Cell One) would work?

Checked on some sites and found majority of Indian GSM cellphone providers are using GSM 900. So i assume Treo650 would work?

Question 1> I AM NOT SURE OF TRI BAND CONCEPT. IS THIS COVERED IN GSM? SHOULD I BE LOOKING IN Treo SPECIFICATION FOR SOME OTHER COMPATIBILITY?

Question 2> Is Treo 650s offering of GSM 900 the same as GSM cell phone providers in India? Will putting a Indian SIM work in Treo650?

Any inputs/experiences are highly appreciated.

Posted by shyam335
the best solution is to get a quad band phone 850,900,1800,1900

Quote:

On 2005-04-09 23:42:24, Roshan wrote:
I'm planning to Buy palmOne Treo 650.
This has Digital Cellular Technology: GSM 1800Mhz, GSM 900Mhz

I'm planning to go back to INDIA in few months and am wondering if the GSM technolgy by local providers in India (say Airtel or Cell One) would work?

Checked on some sites and found majority of Indian GSM cellphone providers are using GSM 900. So i assume Treo650 would work?

Question 1> I AM NOT SURE OF TRI BAND CONCEPT. IS THIS COVERED IN GSM? SHOULD I BE LOOKING IN Treo SPECIFICATION FOR SOME OTHER COMPATIBILITY?

Question 2> Is Treo 650s offering of GSM 900 the same as GSM cell phone providers in India? Will putting a Indian SIM work in Treo650?

Any inputs/experiences are highly appreciated.



most networks here work (including airtel,cellone) in 900mhz and 1800 mhz frequencies,so u wont have much problem with it.

Posted by vvrrmandiga
Any T-Mobile phone should do the trick. Treo 650 would work perfectly for those who are concerned. But†make sure the phone is unlocked before you reach India, otherwise it wouldn't work

Posted by dblue23
there are also stores like myworldphone.com in the US from where you can buy sim free unlocked phones at good prices

Posted by rambalu80
Any phone that has the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies will work in India. I have a K700i and a K750i and I have service with Cingular. I am taking both these phones with me next month, one for me to use while I am there and the other for my bro in India.

Posted by ppf2002
Hi all:
I have T-Mobile Motorola Razor V3, I am planning to visit India next month. I have Air Tel sim with me, Can I use this sim in this Moto V3 with out making any changes? I had noticed that lot of guys mentioning brake the code or some thing. What is that? How can I do that? please help. I will really appreciate your help. I think Moto razor V3 is Tri band GSM.

Thanks in advance

Prad


Posted by whizkidd
Shouldnt have any problems with the V3 here...

Posted by rickmov
An Indian friend visiting the US asked me to find her a GMS phone here to take back to India to use there with a locally bought sim card.
All the info I see tells me if I get a trimode or quadmode I should be fine. I'm looking at quadmode phones just to be sure its usable anywhere.
Two questions arise for me...

1) Just because it has a quadmode frequency capability, will an Indian provider not want to service certain model/makes of phone? It seems not all carriers in the US will service all quadphone models.

2) Instead of spending $100 in the US on a phone on ebay that "should" work in India, would she be better off with me giving her the $$$ to just buy a phone in India.

Thanks for any input....

Posted by jpxavier
You will need to unlock your phone. You can call t-mobile and usually they do it for you if you tell them that you are going to India (for good)

Posted by fullthrottle
Nokia 3250 Worked 4 ME in India N Florida too!!

Posted by renu_p_r
Does anyone have experience with Nokia 5300? If it works in India. Any advantage to having a quad band again triband. In countries like USA, India which have only specific frequencies? Thanks

Posted by ajeetpv
Yes, nokia 5300 works here.
With a quad band you can go any corner of the world.
Though nokia 5300 is tri band you can still use it in india while roaming.

[ This Message was edited by: ajeetpv on 2007-07-17 00:58 ]

Posted by prat
Does Nokia 6682 work in India? I've seen NOkia 6681 in India with GSM 900.I brought my 6682 in US from Cingular with GSM850 and I want to use it in India.

Is there anyway that I can use my phone in India with software upgrades/whatever it takes to.

Posted by rambalu80

On 2007-10-25 21:38:54, prat wrote:
Does Nokia 6682 work in India? I've seen NOkia 6681 in India with GSM 900.I brought my 6682 in US from Cingular with GSM850 and I want to use it in India.

Is there anyway that I can use my phone in India with software upgrades/whatever it takes to.


The Nokia 6682 will work on any network that offers GSM 1800, provided the phone is unlocked. There is no software upgrade to change the GSM frequencies on the phone. Sorry.

[ This Message was edited by: rambalu80 on 2007-10-25 22:16 ]

Posted by raaju

The GSM 900 MHz frequency using now all most worldwide. 900 MHz means the range is approx. 880 MHz - 970 MHz. (880 - 915 Uplink, 935 - 970 Downlink).

So, Now a days all mobiles supporting this frequncies.

Triband = 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz.
or we can say GSM, DCS, 3G.

The triband mobile is suitable for all networks even 3G (Video call & High speed Internet).

Posted by Milo17

It's not the same 900 and 850, if anyone wants to use a cellphone in any country just to be sure the mobile support 850/900/1800/1900 QUad-band GSM. but if you wanna use 3G, the mobile need support 850/1900/2100 Triband UMTS/HSDPA.

Posted by fbloise
The Nokia N85 has Quad Band GSM (850-900-1800-1900) and Triband 3G HSDPA (850-1900-2100)

Is a good option.

Posted by sibi_v22
Hi everyone..i am traveling to US for 1 month..i need to know from which service provider i can take a prepaid sim in US (WA) for my samsung x600 model..so that i can use it in US and after returning i can keep my own sim...any kind of suggestions r welcome..


Posted by kipal
I have a very old cell phone Nokia N73 which i'm planning to take to the US so i was wondering are cell phones in India Tri-band unlocked then i'll get a traveller's sim which will work with the phone it supports GSM 850 900 1800 1900


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