what frequency does Cingular use?

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  1. babygodzilla

    babygodzilla I love rice

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    i wanna buy a triband phone. for one to work with Cingular, does it have to support 900/1800/1900 MHz band, or 850/1800/1900 MHz? im not sure which one's what... :dunno:
     
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    to explain your confusion... the word triband/trimode can mean different things. us gsm companies use 850/1900, while most foreign gsm companies use 900/1800, all four are digital bands. cdma (verizon, sprint, etc) uses two digital, 1800/1900 and analog 800mhz. So for a phone to work well with cingular you want it to run on 850/1900, if you get a foriegn phone, chances are it will not run on 850. 850mhz helps a lot in penetrating buildings, so your coverage may suck in your house/work w/o it.
     
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    ah. but that's not to say the phone would be completely useless with cingular if it doesnt run on 850 rite? would these two phones below work with cingular?

    nokia 3230
    nokia 6020

    speaking of Nokias, does anyone know how their model system numbering work? like what does the first number mean (3 series, 6 series, etc)? and is the 6230 necessarily better than the 6020 because its a higher number? :dunno:
     
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    both phones use 900 for their lower band, thus would not work with Cingular here. You would be able to pick up the 1800/1900 signal, but the fact that you would only be receiving those signals would greatly reduce your reception in buildings like they said.

    The 6020 however does show to have 2 versions, one of which using 800. If you could find one of those, you would be in much better shape.

    I got my information from
    6020
    3230


    And as far as the numbering system, I have no fuggin clue how they come up with their system.
     
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    i have a nokia 7610 and it uses 900/1800/1900. It works perfectly fine where i live in louisville, ky. the 1800 frequency is only used in europe and 900 is mostly used abroad also. 1900 is in a lot of places in america tho. like i said my phone works perfectly.
     
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    wat service do you have?

    wait... only 1900 in the US? i thought Cingular uses 850 in addition to 1900? :dunno:


    btw im using a Nokia 6610 rite now with Cingular. It's got good reception when outside, but so-so when inside

    wat is the difference between TFT LCDs and... well non-TFT LCDs (i dunno wat they are called). wat kind of LCDs are there besides TFT?
     
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    1900 is the old band, 850 is the new one, its not yet implemented in all markets and even if it is, 1900 is still being used where 850 is present. I have cingular.
     
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    i dont know a whole lots about the tft lcd's other than the tft's are supposed to have better resolution. :dunno:
     
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    thx a lot for all the help !
     

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