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Moving to France and Need Help with Frequencies and Phones
I will be moving to France in a couple weeks and have been fretting over my phone situation because I cannot seem to find a straight answer, and I've tried to do a lot of searching. I'm currently subscribed to Verizon and have a GS3, which I had presumed wouldn't work in Europe.
What I would like to know is how do I tell if a phone I purchase here in the US will work with a French carrier, such as Orange? I've examined the UnlockOnline website for the frequencies and have found this:
Network / Company: Orange / Orange France
Network Technology: GSM / 3G / 4G
2G Bands: GSM 900 / 1800
3G Bands: W-CDMA 2100
4G Bands: LTE 2600
2G Data: GPRS / EDGE
3G Data: DC-HSDPA+ 42 Mbps / HSUPA 5.8 Mbps
The difficulty I have is that I don't know what values I MUST match if I were to purchase a phone. I had assumed that I needed to match one of the GSM bands for talk/text and the LTE band for data, but what about the HSDPA/HSUPA?
For instance, my GS3 supports the following (I think/hope):
CDMA 850 / 1900
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
So for this phone, would I be able to use voice/text but not LTE? Would any data connection work with this phone? Would any phone I purchase here in the US work or is it just easier to buy the phone over in France?
I guess what I'm really asking: what numbers have to match to get my magical combination of voice/data/text? I'm overwhelmed with the data and the millions of other things I have to do before I move to a different country! I greatly appreciate any help.