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Which sim cards will work in any phone?

by nickhood / January 12, 2012 7:49 AM PST


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2012 8:03 AM PST
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Exactly; more info to assist
by Pepe7 / January 12, 2012 12:15 PM PST
In reply to: None.

And in addition to that, even if you get a SIM card that "works" for the unlocked phone you select/purchase, you need to know if it's going to receive a signal where you need service. That means get some info on prepaid/carrier coverage before you purchase.

In the U.S. at least, it can vary across metropolitan areas/locales/services. And don't forget that some prepaid doesn't include roaming coverage if you need it. Important example: you reside on a far exurbor small town outside of a major city that butts up against a roaming carrier or dead zone. This sometimes means they can sell you prepaid but it won't always work on the edge of such a marginal coverage area. YMMV.

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Yes you can!!
by kaybaby001live / February 18, 2012 1:38 PM PST

Once you have the SIM card for the cell phone provider you want, you then find an unlocked phone that is compatible with the company you are using, ie. WCDMA and GSM. You have to make sure that the GSM network is the same as the company you are using, ie. GSM 850/900/1800/1900 etc. As long as they match the cell phone company itself doesn't care about the phone itself, remember too that if you get a smartphone that requires data, they will be able to determine that it is indeed a smartphone and will assess data plan charges.

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