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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.
- 02-13-2014, 09:38 AM #2
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- 02-13-2014, 07:15 PM #3
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Re: Moving to France and Need Help with Frequencies and Phones
That eliminates the phone from use in Europe. Period.
Contact the company you want to use in France and ask them for a list of phone model NUMBERS (not S3 but i9300) they support. Then decide manufacturer, features, etc., from those models. Then shop around (there re suppliers who sell by model number) and buy one, or wit until you're there and buy one there.
It's not just a voice frequency and a data frequency, it's the correct technology (GSM), the right data frequencies AND technologies for both the company and the area. (What will work in Nice may not work in Paris for the same company.)
It would be easier if we had a cellphone standard. The problem is that we have too many cellphone "standards".
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