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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-03, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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unlocked cell phone

Hello,
I am looking for a new cell phone. My current provider is Fido. Am I limited to the phones that are shown om Fido's website or is there a way to make other phones compatible with my existing sim card?

thanx in advance

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Hi there,

I believe that you can look for any phone that is compatible with Rogers/Fido which I believe is GSM...and buy it, but you must make sure that it is unlocked so that you can remove your existing sim card and then install it in the phone that you bought.
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With Fido and/or Rogers you can use any unlocked GSM phone. I had a buddy buy an unlocked Treo about a year before Rogers officially offered it. Worked fine.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-03, 08:44 PM
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Any unlocked GSM should do. There are some good deals to be had on eBay.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-03, 08:54 PM
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Any unlocked GSM phone will do, as long as it operates in the 1900MHz frequency (GSM 1900), which is the standard that Rogers/Fido use.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-04, 05:40 PM
 
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Just know that your sim card will only allow you to make calls with the new unlocked phone. If you want to do any thing beyond that you'll have to configure it your self. There are lots of good sites out there that will help you with it. One other thing you should know is Fido wont give you the good rates for surfing if you don't buy the phone from them.
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For best results in north america buy a 850mhz & 1900mhz gsm phone.

Usually called a tri or quad band phone.

The 850mhz has been around for the past 5 years and is much better indoors and under ground. The 1900mhz once you go indoor reception drops thats was why they came out with 850mhz.

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-05, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the response.
I am not sure what you mean Coop when you say the unlocked phone will only be able to be used to make calls?

Do you mean it will not be able to connect to the web or to text?

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-05, 03:49 PM
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I think he means web surfing, etc.

I only buy unlocked GSM phones. Works fine as a phone. I also use it for SMS messages without any issues.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-05, 06:40 PM
 
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Newuser, what Coop means is that recent cell phone features go hand in hand with SIM card features. This means that if you unlock a 6 year old Fido phone and buy a current T-mobile SIM card, your phone will only support the features it was originally designed for, and maybe not all the ones currently supported by a T-mobile SIM card installed in a state-of-the-art T-mobile phone. As James99 says, you can always receive and make calls, any other features will depend on the unlocked phone's 'generation'.
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Well, as luck would have it I was getting out of the car and forgot the phone was in my lap. Now it won't turn on (a Nokia 2610, only 4 months old). Longer-term I wanted to upgrade anyway, but short-term I'm without a cell phone. Is there a place I can get a decnt, cheap unlocked GSM and get it quickly? Lots of LG1300s on eBay for $10 (but shipping is high and will take a while).
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Well, as luck would have it I was getting out of the car and forgot the phone was in my lap. Now it won't turn on (a Nokia 2610, only 4 months old). Longer-term I wanted to upgrade anyway, but short-term I'm without a cell phone. Is there a place I can get a decnt, cheap unlocked GSM and get it quickly? Lots of LG1300s on eBay for $10 (but shipping is high and will take a while).
You could try your local classified adds. You could also try ********** or craigslist. You will be able to find something local to you.
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That's exactly what I did, thanks. Now I'm playing phone tag with someone
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-05-17, 12:52 AM
 
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I buy my unlocked phones off of ebay or craigslist. If you want one fairly quick, you could go to an electronics place or flea market, they always have used, unlocked phones. cheers
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-06-08, 09:28 AM
 
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Local Tiger Direct has some pretty cheap GSM phones, but not $10.

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