Japanese Cell Phones Work In America?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by PurelySwift, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. PurelySwift

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    Hey guys. I'm going to Japan pretty soon to live there for a year and will most definately be signing up for a cell phone. Theirs are a good 5 to 10 years ahead of ours and I would love to be able to bring it home to use the unit here in the states afterwards.

    AT&T and some others claim their GSM network is based off Japanese and European cell structures, so in theory there might be some chance that tossing in the sim somehow would allow me to use their towers, provided I got a plan with them.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    as long as you get one that has GSM 1900 MHz and/or 850 MHz you can use it on AT&T's network.
     
  3. PurelySwift

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    But what about other companies? At&t is all right, but not great. I'd prefer T-Mobile or Verizon. Any info on those?
     
  4. Pineapple Devil

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    at&t, cingular and t-mobile
     
  5. PurelySwift

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    Cingular I knew, since they recently merged with AT&T and use all the same towers, but thanks for the info on t-mobile. Do you think one of their stores would have more info on the specifics of what type of phone to buy? Might not be easy to find one that is so compatible.
     
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    i just mentioned AT&T because you mentioned them first. :)
     
  7. Pineapple Devil

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    any unlocked phone that works on 850 or 1900mhz bands will work in the usa
     
  8. PurelySwift

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    what do you mean by unlocked?
     
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    unlocked means it doesnt have a specific provider it has to be used with.
     
  11. PurelySwift

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    ah, so better to buy it from a technology store rather than a cell service provider that would require that phone for their service I guess huh? Or would it just not have to be bound to a contract, i.e. cancel that service before getting the new American one?
     
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    I've never heard of that. I believe i've read though you need to have a small chip removed inside though.
     
  15. rehab

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    Yeah japan has a slightly different technology then the us, but a lot of the European phones will work here if you get them unlocked. That can be done by either buying an unlocked phone online (usually more costly than the phone from a specific provider) or get the unlock code from a company that has that information, usually can be ordered from companies in the UK.
     
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    Original publication date: September 2002.


     
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    Tight, still the prices i'm sure will be a lot cheaper than getting one from ebay or such.
     
  18. rehab

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    If i can find the company my buddy used i will post if for you, i think it cost him lik 20 or 30 dollars
     
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    If you get an unlocked phone how hard is it to get a sim card from the provider you want?
     
  20. rehab

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    Not to hard, specially if you have friends that have changed phones from one GSM handset to another GSM handset. Usually when you buy a new handset the box it comes in has a new sim card with it. But that is not will all cellular service providers. Some places charge 9.99 for them. I would also check out ebay, but i don't know how much people there would try to charge you.

    PS still looking for that website, will try to get it up here before i get kicked for not having 100 posts.
     
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    if they won't give or sell you just the SIM card when you sign up for an account, just sign up and get the cheapest GSM phone they have to offer (usually between free and $50), then when you get the phone you really want, just pop the SIM card out of the cheap phone and put it in the new phone.
     
  22. PurelySwift

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    Ah, thanks for seeing that. I had been looking for when the article was written but didn't catch it. Gives me some more hope.
     
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    yeah clouds phone from advent children is very :cool: but too bad its not coming out in the us, i email panasonic about it and they said there were no developement plans for it to come into the us :wtc:
     
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    Japan operates off of 3G WCDMA. They get up to 1.5mbps on their phones so they can do video conferencing. So to answer your question, a phone from Japanese will not work in the U.S. however if you're on any GSM provider in the U.S., your phone will work in parts of Japan like the airport and some small districts of Tokyo and Osaka but that's about it. Have fun and take pics. :)
     

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