- 03-01-2011, 07:09 AM #2
- 125 Posts
I actually do a lot of business in Central America and I had to get an extra service on my phone ($30 per month) so that I wouldn't get charged roaming fees and so that I could use it outside of the U.S. The cool thing about this is that you can have this service whenever you like, so, if you're going to Japan for a couple of weeks, you can place it on your phone for 1 month (minimum).
- 03-01-2011, 08:31 AM #3
Technically the phone will work because its a CDMA / WiMax device. However if SPRINT doesnt have any roaming agreements with the carrier then your phone may not work on it. In order for the other carrier to collect money from you for usage on their network they will have to charge sprint, who in turn charges you the owner of the phone.
Contact Sprint and see if they are on the list of world wide roaming carriers (CDMA not GSM) and activate it at least a week or two before you take your trip.
Thats pretty much your only option. CDMA devices use the ESN to register with the network, if your ESN is not registered properly then its rejected.
Follow up with us and let us know how the WiMax coverage is over there.
- 03-01-2011, 12:42 PM #4
- 03-01-2011, 03:29 PM #5
Just call Sprint and ask them. They'll let you know if you can get your phone working on the CDMA networks over there. If you can, then you will have to sign up for a roaming package for the month you are there. It might be extra $$ but at least you will have your EVO to show off! Worst case, you might just have to rent a different phone while you are there and use your EVO as a WiFi only device.
Last edited by cloak.n.dagger; 03-01-2011 at 03:39 PM.-Stay thirsty my friends.
- 03-01-2011, 03:40 PM #6
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- 03-01-2011, 05:40 PM #7
I have a friend back in Korea who keeps saying "we just got smartphones" because they have always had phones with internet and email and stuff like that, it was just in a very ****ty package...
my 2 cents.
But yea, no one is gonna be that impressed with your evo.
- 03-01-2011, 06:00 PM #8
- 37 Posts
Hmm, technically, I don't know if it would work
because they have a different WiMAX band and 3G (CDMA) etc....
Lol, but you really don't need the WiMax in Japan since their 3G
speeds there are OUR Wimax speeds without the 1mb capped xD (9.2Mbps down/5.5Mbps down)
While their Wimax speeds are.... well... 40mbps up and 10mbps down x]
- 03-01-2011, 06:48 PM #9
- 03-01-2011, 07:33 PM #10
- 03-01-2011, 11:09 PM #11
Upstream and downstream frequencies for CDMA in Japan are opposite that of the US. Thus, the US EVO will not work in Japan on CDMA.
Also, WiMax should technically work. However, I believe the carrier will do some type of MAC filtering to prevent "unauthorized" devices from accessing the WiMax network unless Sprint (Clear?) decides to forge a partnership with KDDI or UQ or some other WiMAX provider.
Probably not the answer you were looking for :/
- 11-07-2011, 10:21 PM #12