GSM Cell Phone Guide
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is the fastest growing and most advanced mobile technology available today. GSM phones work with a small electronic chip called the SIM card. The SIM card holds the phone number assigned by the service provider, your phonebook and other registration information. GSM operates on multiple frequency bands around the world - 900 Mhz and 1800Mhz, used in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America ; 850 Mhz and 1900 Mhz, used in the.North America and South America. Different service providers operate on different frequency within the country. For example, T-mobile operates on 1900 mhz in the USA, while Cingular operates on 1900 mhz or 850 mhz. When selecting your cell phone make sure that you select a phone that operates on your service provider's band.
Dual band - Usually are phones that operate on 900 mhz or 1800 mhz. These phones will work around the world but, will not work in North America.
Tri-band - Tri-band phones usually include 900 mhz, 1800 mhz and 1900 mhz band. These phones will work around the world and in the North America. These phones will not work with service providers that only support 850 mhz in your area.
Quad band - Quad band phones cover all the bands - 850 mhz, 900 mhz, 1800 mhz, 1900 mhz. Quad band phones will work all over the world with all GSM service providers.
Unlocked GSM Phones
Unlocked GSM phones are not locked to a specific service provider.Unlocked phones will work with any GSM service provider that is supported by the phone's frequency band. Normally, all the phones sold by the service providers are locked to be used with their service only. For example, a locked phone from T-mobile wouldn't work with Cingular's service.
3G is an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) specification for the third-generation mobile communications technology that was created for high-speed transfer of data and multimedia content, such as video, downloads, music and interactive games. 3G aims to increase bandwidth up to 384 Kbps when a device is stationary or moving at pedestrian speed, 128 Kbps in a car, and 2 Mbps in fixed applications. 3G will work over wireless air interfaces, such as GSM, TDMA, and CDMA. The new EDGE service was developed specifically to meet the bandwidth needs of 3G.
Enhanced Data GSM Environment (EDGE) is a faster GSM wireless service that can deliver data at rates up to 384 Kbps on a broadband. The standard is based on the GSM standard and uses TDMA.
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Feel free to call us at 847-983-4761 or e-mail us if you need assistance in selecting a a GSM cell phone for travel.
Will a 900 mhz or 1800 mhz phone work in the USA?
No, 900 mhz or 1800 mhz phone will not work in the US. GSM service providers in the US include T-mobile and Cingular. T-mobile operates only on 1900 mhz and Cingular operates on either 850 mhz or 1900 mhz depending on your location. Be sure to check with your local carrier to verify which band they operate on in your coverage area.
What is a Sim Card?
A sim card is a small flat rectangle plastic that contains a microchip. This microchip contains your phone number, your phone book, and the necessary information for your phone to work. Sim card is provided by your GSM service provider, such as T-mobile, AT&T or Cingular in the USA. All sim cards look the same, but the microchip inside is different for every GSM service provider.
Where can I purchase a SIM card?
You may obtain a SIM card from your service provider such as T-mobile or Cingular. You may also use your SIM card from your current phone if you currently have GSM service. For overseas use, you may purchase a pre-paid SIM card from the country your traveling to. Purchasing pre-paid SIM card from your destination country will be much cheaper than paying roaming charges to your US service provider.
How do I obtain a phone number?
You will get a phone number along with your SIM card.
Can I use the cell phone charger in my country?
Most cell phones come with travel chargers (100~240V) so that you can use them around the world. However, some come with 220V chargers only so these may require a voltage converter to use in 110V countries. We do include plug adapters along with travel charger to enable you to use the charger in various countries.
Does your GSM cell phone come with any contract?
No, we only sell the phones without any contract or service plans. Therefore, you can use the phones bought from us with your current GSM service provider.
Do the cell phones come with an English instruction manual?
Since unlocked GSM phones come from around the world, many times they may not include an English manual. However, an English manual may be downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
Where can I buy an Unlocked GSM Cell Phone locally in Chicago?
We have a local shop located on the northside of Chicago, with all the selections. You can stop by at anytime during regular business hours at Bombay Electronics, 5743 Howard St, Niles, IL 60714. Call us at 847-983-4761
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