Importing this phone to the US
I'm aware that the Galaxy S2 international version has support for AT&T 3G. If I were to import it and stick an AT&T sim card in it, what would happen? Are there any security parameters I need to get past or codes I have to put in to unlock the sim?
I'm tired of these US carriers destroying the phones we get. In the UK you buy the phone first, then select the carrier. Here, the carriers pretty much choose which phones you can use. The Galaxy S2 is literally a piece of art, and the new Touchwiz looks VERY good. Knowing these US carriers, all of our versions will be fully loaded with permanent T-Mobile App Packs and Sprint Nascar apps. I don't want that crap on there, nor do I want a useless search button (seriously, who uses that thing?). I want the Galaxy S2 in its pure form. It will also probably be released 2 month after the international version so the carriers can squeeze their little apps on there and completely change the physical look of the phone.
Has anyone here imported the original Galaxy S i9000? What were your experiences? Also, I think the Infuse 4G and Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (aka Stealth) are US Galaxy S2 variants even though they were announced as single-core phones.
- 02-14-2011, 08:20 AM #2
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I would definitely consider this too, BUT, here's my question...How would having an international version affect being able to root here? Since the version would be different then other versions. I think there would be a different method needed.. That would be one drawback for me.
- 02-14-2011, 08:51 AM #3
- 02-14-2011, 09:24 AM #4
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Although I'm not aware of the costs I can guess and agree with BitHeroes that it will probably cost too much to import for it to be worthwhile.
- 02-15-2011, 03:27 PM #5
- 108 Posts
I had the same feelings on the Galaxy when I first purchased it and then got to know its shortcomings. However, patience and a little learning got me to running a custom rom from the sweet devs at xda based on the international version of the captivate, the i9000. I will say that without all the carrier crap on it it is one hell of a phone!
- 02-15-2011, 06:03 PM #6
- 02-15-2011, 09:43 PM #7
- 18 Posts
- Paragon 5.1
I think that it will evebtually come to the US so we don't have to import; however Im not really worrying about the carrier implementations because im going to root it and install a custom ROM anyway as soon as I can.
Granted I don't want to have to do that, but I have a custom rom on my Captivate now and love it.
- 04-23-2011, 07:23 PM #8
I want to import this phone as well.. I like the 3 buttons with the home clickable button better than the 4 with the search button.. I never use the search button so it is redundant for me.. But like andrew asked, will this be able to take advantage of at&t's "4g" speeds.. it says in the specs up to 21 mbps (which I know it won't get that good) but will it be able to use hspa+? thanks in advance
- 04-23-2011, 09:30 PM #9
I wouldn't import this device. I was going to but then I found out this whole T-Mobile garbage etc, and now I just wanna role with a CDMA carrier like Verizon, that was my plan originally. Plus the fact that the UK version doesn't have a freaking search button it kinda makes me wanna turn to another device. Although knowing Samsung, this device will hit the states 4 months later on the majority of the carriers and have different form factors. If you really want the device, go ahead and import it but I would wait to see what they do to improve the device when it hits the states.
Sent from my Xoom
- 04-27-2011, 04:35 PM #10
My personal opinion is I would wait for it to come to your Country. I imported the Motorola Atrix 4G from AT&T to Canada and the voice quality sucks so bad it makes the phone unusable as a phone. I called Motorola and no warranty since I reside in Canada and its a AT&T version.
I think that maybe the same is if anything is wrong with the phone from the UK you wouldn't be able to take it back for a refund or repair work.
- 04-27-2011, 07:13 PM #11
- 04-28-2011, 02:44 AM #12
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