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Topic # 68224 17-Sep-2010 08:13
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Hi,

I'm heading to the UK and USA at the end of the year and will be taking my Desire with me. I don't want to use my Vodafone sim while there so will grab a local sim in each country.

Im wanting to know which mobile carrier I would be best to go with in each country, keeping in mind the Desire frequencies. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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  Reply # 381028 17-Sep-2010 08:16
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benny:


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  Reply # 381029 17-Sep-2010 08:18
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Linuxluver:
benny:


No. ?

Sorry, something happened and post was submitted before I started typing. Updated now :)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 381054 17-Sep-2010 09:05
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benny: Hi,

I'm heading to the UK and USA at the end of the year and will be taking my Desire with me. I don't want to use my Vodafone sim while there so will grab a local sim in each country.

Im wanting to know which mobile carrier I would be best to go with in each country, keeping in mind the Desire frequencies. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.


In the US, probably T-Mobile and in the UK probably Vodafone. But frequencies aren't the only potential problem. 

Be aware that getting pre-pay SIMs in other countries can be difficult - particularly countries that were stupid enough to invade Iraq. They are "security conscious" and tend to not like anonymous phone numbers....and may require registration using local ID and proof of a local postal address....like a utility bill or bank statement.  

A quick Google suggests buying a second-hand SIM via eBay and having it sent to a US address for you to pick up - like a hotel you already have a booking at. There are rules about foreigners buying US phone numbers without US addresses.

NZ is relatively rare in allowing anyone to buy an "anonymous" SIM. If you pay cash (not EFT-POS) and never use a credit card and don't register it, then no one actually knows who owns the phone number. The police and intelligence services hate that and it isn't allowed in most countries. When they listen in on your calls (and they do, electronically) they want some idea of who may be talking.   




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  Reply # 381430 17-Sep-2010 20:29
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Thanks. Will do a bit more googling and see what my options for obtaining a sim card are with those 2 carriers you mentioned.


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