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can you use all the phone features if you buy oem phone

I want to buy a unlocked moblie phone (sonyericson w810) that is not offered buy my current carrier (T-Mobile). Some one told me that I will not be able to use the internet features and so on if I buy a oem phone not thru the carrier. Doess anybody know how this works. Thanks for any info offered.

I travel overseas, and would like to be able to switch sim cards rather then have two phones, to save money on the overseas calling. I do not want to pay the US rates for calling the US when in Asia.

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yes and no

In reply to: can you use all the phone features if you buy oem phone

As I understand it, you may not be able to access the Internet on your OEM phone, but that's because the phone's internal settings may be different from what the local service provider needs. You may - and I say may - need to hunt around the 'Net, to get the setting for Internet access. Also, some of the features offered on the phone may not be enabled by all providers. But it should not be impossible to get your phone fully functional.

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(NT) Thank you

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Tychocat, Thanks for the help, my big concern is being able to use the T-mobile network in the states, (should be no problem) then when over seas switch the sim card, and still be able to check email and send email, I want a good music phone and I only plan to use the email overseas, so that is kinda secondary, I think the w810 seems like a good choice, but I do not know anybody who has one yet.

Thank you for your help

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The 810 is unlocked

In reply to: can you use all the phone features if you buy oem phone

Yeah, you won't be able to use the data features until you configure the settings. Go to the sony ericsson site and put in your carrier info and so forth. After that, you can use the internet and mms...

You do not pay US rates in Asia because there is no US carrier there. You just buy a sim from the carrier at hand and go with it.

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In reply to: The 810 is unlocked

Yond Ranger, I understand about the sim cards, what I ment is I do not want to pay my US carriers price for calling the US when I am overseas, becuase it is much cheaper to call from the carrier in the Asian countries, pennies as opposed to dollars per minute. Anyway thanks for the help

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My point

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I told you there was no US services back there!!!!!!!! So go and get an Asian sim card

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I get it

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Yond, if I use my US provider for international calling, from overseas, it cost to much, you keep teliing me there is no US provider over their, yes I understand that but they route it through somebody becuase they have service coverage on their international plans.

Verizon and T-mobile I am sure offer international calling, you just have to have them turn it on for you.

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No, you don't

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Leave your US sim in your suitcase and when you get to your destination, buy a native sim card

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