Will my GSM phone owrk in the UK?

Jul 1st, 2011, 07:57 AM
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Will my GSM phone owrk in the UK?

I have a GSM phone. Is there any way to know if it will work in the UK?
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Jul 1st, 2011, 08:05 AM
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- Is it quad band? If yes, it will work.

- Is it unlocked? If yes it will work.

If one or both the above is not true or unknown you can
pick up a cheap pay as you go phone when you get there.
There are phone shops on every street and often free SIM
cards being handed out.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 08:42 AM
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UK uses 900/1800mhz, if you put the make and model of your phone in a search engine, you should be able to find a website (the manufacturers)that tells you if it operates on those frequencies. Usually best to get a UK sim card (sometimes free) as well.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 09:51 AM
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What kind of service is attached to your SIM card?
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Jul 1st, 2011, 01:51 PM
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My phone is an LG 620G. I noticed that it is 850/900/1800/1900 MHz but not sure if it is quad band or not.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 02:02 PM
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I noticed that it is 850/900/1800/1900 MHz but not sure if it is quad band or not.

That's what "quad band" means.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 02:19 PM
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"850/900/1800/1900 MHz" Four bands, yes it's quad (4) band.
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Jul 2nd, 2011, 09:46 AM
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Now you know that it's quad band you need to get it unlocked.
Look on Kijiji.com or craiglist.com for unlocking services. I paid $35 to have an iPhone unlocked recently.
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Jul 2nd, 2011, 03:40 PM
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I found a way online to unlock it. It is samsung t459g. Willl it work over there then and where would be the easiest place to get a SIM card after landing
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Jul 15th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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I went by the local t-mobile store, and verified with them that the phone is unlocked. They put one of there sim cards in it(BTW, phone did come other carrier than t-mobile) and immediately the phone was able to make calls. They said I would not have any trouble getting any sim card to work over there. Yay!

Now to decide, since my connections are short, do I get a sim card from one of the vending machines at heathrow(anyone know if there is any in T3 and how much they cost), or along the tube somewhere
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Jul 15th, 2011, 01:39 PM
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Look at http://www.lebara.co.uk They're very inexpensive.

Are you in the UK now? They are offering SIMs... fill in the form and have one delivered to where you'll be staying.
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