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HOW do you activate an unlocked phone??

by PaulHart2 / September 7, 2006 7:59 AM PDT

I'd really like to purchase a Sony Ericsson k800i camera phone because of the great 3.2 megapixel camera it has.
However, no U.S. carrier carries the phone.
I'd have to buy it on eBay as "unlocked".
I currently have a cellphone with Verizon Wireless, but they say they can't support the k800i.
I hear T-Mobile can.
I've never had an UNLOCKED phone before.
How would I activate it with T-Mobile?
And is it true I can just buy a T-Mobile sim card with PREPAID minutes and use the k800i that way?
Would I be able to have internet access?

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Unlocked phone
by JFreitag / September 7, 2006 11:41 AM PDT

An unlocked phone is simply one with all features activated and unlimited as to cellular provider. It is, obviously, the most desirable set up. Service providers often customize (limit)a phones features as well as limiting itsuse to their network. This is done to insure that you purchase a new phone or get into a long term contract every time you either get a new phone or switch providers.

The phone you are considering is a GSM phone. GSM is the prevailing system worldwide except for the US, we have an oddball mixture of analog (going obsolete) CDMA and TDMA and some GSM. T-Mobile has been the major leader in GSM service in the US (it is a division of Deutche Telkom) although Cingular has been getting ito the GSM game. It is probably only a matter of time until the others follow suit, although it is a major investment to change as all the cell tower electronics have to be changed.

You should be good to go with T-Mobile and probably with Cingular, all you need is a activated SIM card. If you travel internationally the big bonus is that the phone will work in most countries of the world just by turning it on. You do, however, have to pay international roaming charges (0.99 in Europe and $1.49 in south America) but anybody can reach you just by calling your US number. I love that feature on my T-Mobile phone.

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Thanks J.
by PaulHart2 / September 7, 2006 1:44 PM PDT
In reply to: Unlocked phone

Thanks JFreitag for all that great info.
I'll probably go with T-Mobile then.
I just hope I can get internet access on the k880i so I can send the great photos I take directly to people's e-mail addresses.
Verizon warned me that I wouldn't have internet access if I don't go with a phone carried by a U.S. carrier.

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(NT) (NT) That is correct. You won't have internet access.
by neocon / September 8, 2006 3:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks J.
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Actually... Its Not That True
by terryparker / September 10, 2006 9:48 AM PDT

What neocon said is true if you go to Verizon but not if you go to T-Mobile. To activate it with T-Mobile follow this link and follow instructions. I know it says K790a but its the same handset except it only has 1 camera where as the K800 has 2 cameras, which leads me to advise you to get the K790a and not K800 in the USA as it will be cheaper than the K800, and you anyway can't use it for Video Calling. In the end, K800i is designed for Europe and K790a for the USA otherwise thay are EXACTLY the same. So follow the link and don't worry, all will work!!
Let me know if you need more help and how it goes!!

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