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smart phone with Verizon CDMA and any carrier's GSM service?

by mbkent / January 30, 2007 9:16 AM PST

Is there a phone out there (or in development) that combines both CDMA (for US use) and GSM (for overseas use)? I don't care about ring tones, music, video, cameras, etc. I simply want one good quality phone which I can use for both calls and e-mail nationally and internationally. I find Verizon CDMA the best (by far) service throughout the US, but cannot use my phone abroad. I realize that I would have to contract with 2 carriers (or they would need to joint venture something) - but is it a possibility???

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 7:23 PM PST

Yes, Verizon does sell a handset that does use GSM networks overseas only (not in the US). Don't know the exact model # though.

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CDMA/GSM phone
by mbkent / January 30, 2007 9:47 PM PST
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thanks - they have one which does both for phone, not for data

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GSM Is A Better Standard
by nycplayboy78 / February 1, 2007 8:42 PM PST
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Hello and I would like to chime in on this question. Why would you want a phone that is both CDMA and GSM compliant? I am bias towards GSM because it is used 95% of time across the world. The other 5% is CDMA here in the US. I have lived overseas and worked overseas for years (Military Vet and now US Foreign Service Officer). I would simply just go with either T-Mobile USA or Cingular/AT&T because with them you can truly go anywhere in the world and use your mobile device. Now if you are talking about data rate exchange that is where it gets tricky. T-Mobile is HSD (2100MHz) whereas Cingular/AT&T is EDGE (1700MHz). You can get a phone that is quad-band GSM and 3G compliant then you will have no problem. For guidance please check out they have the best phones in the world and they have a site here in the US. I hope this helps you out.



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by mbkent / February 1, 2007 8:54 PM PST

hi - I do want both phone and data, and I travel extensively, both overseas (GSM) and thoughout the US - where CDMA is still infinitely preferable. GSM just doesn't have wide enough coverage in the US to be consistently reliable. I have discovered a Samsung phone from Verizon the they don't publicize that does have both. It is an awkward, bulky instrument, but it does have the necessary technology.


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Samsung SCH-a790
by nycplayboy78 / February 1, 2007 9:18 PM PST
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cdma & gsm
by mbkent / February 1, 2007 9:24 PM PST
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actually there is an updated version - the 830


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