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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-12-30, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to use an european unlocked phone in Canada?

Some family member who presently lives in Italy will travel to Canada soon. He owns an unlocked quad-band GSM cell phone and is just looking for basic phone functionality.

Can he buy a prepaid Rogers SIM card and use it in his phone?

Can he buy a SIM card from any of the other providers like Petro-Canada or 7-11?

I know very little about cell phone and I hope what I just asked makes sense.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-12-30, 02:56 AM
 
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I have the Nokia 1600 dual band GSM 850/1900 from 7-11. It operates on the Rogers network so you can activate a SIM card from Rogers and stick it in an unlocked phone which operates on those bands. With 7-11 you get the phone along with the SIM card and the phone number...they don't just sell SIM cards.

Hope this helps....
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-12-30, 02:56 PM
 
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A prepaid Rogers or Fido SIM will work just fine - plug and play.

7-Eleven and Petro-Canada do not sell SIMs, however, You buy a phone and get a free SIM. Of course, you can sell the phone if you don't need it.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-01-02, 10:26 AM
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I have a similar question but the situation is flipped around. I am in Canada and going on exchange to Sweden in about a week. If I buy an unlocked gsm quad-band phone, and a SIM card from rogers/fido here, I assume I can buy pre-paid cards in Sweden and it will work.

So my question is how do I get/find out what my local Swedish phone number is? I want to get the phone/sim card here since it will be a bit more expensive to buy one there, but I obviously don't want a Canadian number.

Thanks
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-01-02, 10:40 AM
 
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You won't know your Swedish number until you buy a Swedish SIM card.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-01-02, 12:05 PM
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Ok, so I should probably wait and get a phone there to ensure the SIM card works with the phone. I suppose I could buy an unlocked phone here and SIM card there but they may not work together. Thanks
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2009-01-11, 11:51 PM
 
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From what I've heard, prepaid SIM cards in most of the free world is cheaper than what we pay here in Canada. In Asia they are definitely way cheaper. I think Italy is one of the few exceptions.
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