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Will Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 take Spanish/Dutch SIMs?

Hi guys, in relation to an unresolved question I asked a few weeks ago (http://ct.cnet-ssa.cnet.com/clicks?t=1775907637-bba8355cfe4fae052b2c2549cd4f40cb-bf&brand=CNET-SSA&s=5), it looks like I have to buy a new handset to use in Spain, as my UK handset will not work with a Spanish SIM.

I am not 100% sure I understand GSM compatibility across different countries within Europe, or how I can work out which phones will work in different countries. I will need something that works with both Spanish and UK SIMs, and ideally also elsewhere as I am probably moving to the Netherlands next year.

As a specific example, will Vodafone's Smart Ultra 6 work (after unlocking) in both the UK and Spain?

My Huawei Y330-U01 did NOT work with a Spanish SIM, for example.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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They sell it in Spain so

Vodafone's Smart Ultra 6 in Spain (on google) shows it being sold there.

Why are you getting locked phones? That could be at the heart of why you are having problems.

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They also sell Huawei Y330s in Spain

This is exactly what I don't understand. I would have assumed that phones from leading international companies (presumably all manufactured out east), intended for sale in Europe, would work everywhere in Europe. I should have pressed Huawei for more information, but their support staff told me that Spanish SIMs work on a different frequency and so wouldn't work in my UK phone - which I bought unlocked, actually. I've taken the Huawei to four different places here in Spain and none of them knew why it didn't work with Spanish SIMs.

The Vodafone model is just an example really, I want someone to explain to me how I can check that a new handset won't have the same problem.

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That makes me think there is the locked phone issue.

There are folk that buy a subsidized phone, try to unlock and it fails to work with the new SIM. That's a common scenario that plays over and over. I pull out my unlocked phone and it works. But there's where it's different. I bought the phone outright and not from the carrier. You seem to be repeating a common story.

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I already told you I bought it unlocked..

So.. that's not the issue.

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