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Japanese cell phone in USA

by sesloan / August 3, 2006 2:46 PM PDT

okay, im not that big of an expert on cell phones. but here is what i wish to do. im here in tokyo for the summer, id like to bring back a phone to the states. i have a sprint account there and im wondering if its possible to purchase a phone in japan and use it back in the states? if so, what kind of phone can i purchase? would i have to change anything?

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forget it
by unclegee1 / August 3, 2006 5:33 PM PDT

You cannot use phones from other countries on sprint. Notice that the phones in Japan use sim cards. Sprint does not use sim cards. You want a phone from overseas, you better switch to cingular or t-mobile when you get back. Too bad,so sad!!

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funny
by sesloan / August 3, 2006 5:41 PM PDT
In reply to: forget it

that's a funny thing bc i used to have tmobile but got rid of it since their service sucked. so bottom line, im gonna need gsm?

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on track
by unclegee1 / August 4, 2006 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: funny

yes indeed

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tri band?
by sesloan / August 5, 2006 6:39 PM PDT
In reply to: on track

what if i purchase a tri band phone here and take it back? would what work?

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cant be sure
by unclegee1 / August 6, 2006 2:06 AM PDT
In reply to: tri band?

better stick with quad....thats a sure thing

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quad?
by sesloan / August 6, 2006 2:08 PM PDT
In reply to: cant be sure

you mean stick with a quad band? what's that?

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YES !!!!!!!!
by unclegee1 / August 7, 2006 1:18 AM PDT
In reply to: quad?

If you want the phone to work in the US for sure....get a quad band phone.

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quad band
by wirelesswendy / August 8, 2006 8:05 AM PDT
In reply to: quad?

"For true global roaming, multiband phones need to support at least three frequencies -- a U.S. band and both international bands: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz. Don't be confused by tri-band phones which operate at both U.S. frequencies but only at one of the international frequencies -- that won't be as useful. On the other hand, if you have the option of a quad-band cell phone, one that supports 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz, you'll have all your bases covered."

from:
http://www.point.com/articles/2005/08/global_roaming_1.php

Sprint doesn't have this.

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sprint quad
by sesloan / August 11, 2006 6:40 PM PDT
In reply to: quad band

so let me get this straight. if i buy a quad band phone in japan or somehwere on the internet, i can def use it on the sprint network?

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