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Trying to find an inexpensive smart phone that will work in France

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I want to buy an inexpensive (under $150) unlocked smartphone to use while we are traveling in France and also for later trips to other countries. I'll buy a SIM card in whatever country we are visiting. If my understanding is correct, I need a phone that operates on 900/1800 frequencies, plus 2100 for 3G. I have searched many unlocked cell phones that say they are quad band and operate in "most networks when roaming outside the US." However, when I can find information on the frequencies on which they operate, most say they operate on 850/1700/1900 so I assume they would not work in France. I have seen a BLU studio 5.0 C HD smartphone that includes the 2100 frequency (850/1900/2100). Will it work even though it doesn't have 900/1800 frequencies?

I would like to buy the phone in the US so that I can get used to it before traveling. Please help me to understand better exactly what I MUST have in terms of frequencies. Offers of specific, well rated phones in my price range that I can get quickly (in 7-10 days) would be appreciated.

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