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1. Posted by TUTS (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

HI THERE
ANYONE KNOW THERE STUFF BOUT MOBILE PHONES ?
IM OFF TO THAILAND,OZ NZ AND AMERICA AND JUST WONDERED IF I CAN USE MY MOBILE IN THESE PLACES WITH MY UK T MOBILE SIM CARD
CLUELESS
ANY HELP APPRECIATED

2. Posted by Rena13 (Full Member 24 posts) 9y

Sorry Tuts! I can't answer your question but have you done a search on the forum?? I just had a quick peak and there's a lot of threads to do with mobiles...

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

The first thing to worry about isn't the sim card (Which probably won't work in the US) but your phone. In different countries, phone are connected by different frequencies. Your best bet is to have a triband phone.

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

You'll definately need a tri-band phone with the itinerary you've outlined. Check with the manufacturer of your phone for the GSM frequencies the phone will operate on.

GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communication. It's a communication standard in three frequency bands, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 1900MHz.

In AUSTRALIA GSM is 900MHz band, while the 1800MHz band is referred to as PCN. GSM 1900MHz operates on networks in the USA, South America, Asia and Africa.

For a full listing of Mobile networks around the world and the corrosponding GSM bands they use check out the GSM Roaming Site

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting KoalaGirl

In AUSTRALIA GSM is 900MHz band, while the 1800MHz band is referred to as PCN. GSM 1900MHz operates on networks in the USA, South America, Asia and Africa.

As far as I know, Asia Pacific (with the exception of Japan and Korea) is on GSM 900MHz and 1800MHz band, not 1900MHz. This means any phones from the UK/Europe can be used here without any problems. Just make sure it's not SIM locked if you intend to use local prepaid SIM here.

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

As far as I know, Asia Pacific (with the exception of Japan and Korea) is on GSM 900MHz and 1800MHz band, not 1900MHz. This means any phones from the UK/Europe can be used here without any problems. Just make sure it's not SIM locked if you intend to use local prepaid SIM here.

Yep Like I said:

Quoting KoalaGirl

In AUSTRALIA GSM is 900MHz band, while the 1800MHz band is referred to as PCN.

7. Posted by TUTS (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

thanks for all the useful info(a little baffling)
phoned up my server and my tri band phone is ok to use so thats good
thanks all

8. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Hi Tuts,

You would also need to make sure that your handset is unlocked otherwise no foreign sims will work in it. Phones are locked to the operator they were originally sold on ie vodafone-o2-orange, to make it harder for people to switch network. Try the below website to unlock your phone - it is one of the few sites that lets you unlock your phone for free, although it has only a few new models on it.

http://www.trycktill.com/eng/

With your phone unlocked you can simply buy a sim card in whatever country you are in and pop it into your phone - simple! you'll save a forune on roaming charges too.

Hope this helps

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10. Posted by truesound (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hi Tuts

Check out the orange pay as you go offers and look out for the camel package, im off to india later this year with my partner and to call a uk or indian landline its 6p per minute, to call a mobile in uk or india its 14p per minute, and there like that over 50 countries.

check it out

http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/sim/payg_sim