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<$100 smartphone I can use on a foreign network?

yeah_okay 524 135 August 31, 2015 at 02:47 PM
Hi all, I've used Verizon forever so SIM cards and the phones they go in are a mystery to me.

I got a position working 4 months/year in East Africa and I need to buy a phone here that I can use over there. I have a sim card for their network, but the last two phones I bought over there were super crappy. I'd rather get one in the US.

Can someone either point me in the direction of a specific phone I can use, or give me the right features to look for? (like is 'quad core' necessary? Or 'unlocked'? etc).

Sorry I know this is a totally lame question but totally verizon/iphone based phone knowledge is really rudimentary.

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Hi all, I've used Verizon forever so SIM cards and the phones they go in are a mystery to me.

I got a position working 4 months/year in East Africa and I need to buy a phone here that I can use over there. I have a sim card for their network, but the last two phones I bought over there were super crappy. I'd rather get one in the US.

Can someone either point me in the direction of a specific phone I can use, or give me the right features to look for? (like is 'quad core' necessary? Or 'unlocked'? etc).

Sorry I know this is a totally lame question but totally verizon/iphone based phone knowledge is really rudimentary.
What kind of phone do you have in the US now? Most modern Verizon phones are unlocked for international use and support the major international GSM frequencies.
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What kind of phone do you have in the US now? Most modern Verizon phones are unlocked for international use and support the major international GSM frequencies.
I have a Verizon iphone 4s. It doesn't take a SIM card though.
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I have a Verizon iphone 4s. It doesn't take a SIM card though.
Are you sure it doesn't take a SIM? I thought any Verizon LTE phone had a SIM. Do the instructions here help: http://www.verizonwireless.com/su...ase-49046/? See also: http://www.macworld.com/article/1...hone_.html
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To answer your original Q: http://www.amazon.com/AT-Nokia-Lu...B00LBFFSNM

To unlock it:

1. DON'T TURN IT ON!***
2. Go to https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/ - contine to page 2
3. Choose "Non-AT&T Mobility customer" and fill out the form
4. Once the unlock is approved, then you can turn it on & use it

***If you turn it on & let the AT&T network see it before you request the unlock, it'll make you wait 6 months before you can unlock it.
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What kind of phone do you have in the US now? Most modern Verizon phones are unlocked for international use and support the major international GSM frequencies.
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Are you sure it doesn't take a SIM? I thought any Verizon LTE phone had a SIM. Do the instructions here help: http://www.verizonwireless.com/su...ase-49046/? See also: http://www.macworld.com/article/1...hone_.html
Ah, thanks much, I never knew I had that option at all!
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To answer your original Q: http://www.amazon.com/AT-Nokia-Lu...B00LBFFSNM

To unlock it:

1. DON'T TURN IT ON!***
2. Go to https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/#/ - contine to page 2
3. Choose "Non-AT&T Mobility customer" and fill out the form
4. Once the unlock is approved, then you can turn it on & use it

***If you turn it on & let the AT&T network see it before you request the unlock, it'll make you wait 6 months before you can unlock it.

Ahh, thank you. I was looking for a phone that's inexpensive enough that I wouldn't be too upset if something happened to it. This looks great. And thanks for the unlocking instructions, that's key.

I notice people are talking about "mini sim cards" - it just occurs to me that the sim card I have from that country may not be 'mini'. I wonder if this is another parameter I have to worry about, the size of the SIM it accepts?
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I notice people are talking about "mini sim cards" - it just occurs to me that the sim card I have from that country may not be 'mini'. I wonder if this is another parameter I have to worry about, the size of the SIM it accepts?
Most if not all smart phones use a smaller sim card, either mini, micro, or nano. Micro is probably the most common currently but it's hard to say. You should be able to get the right size for whatever phone you end up with, but you could always pack a sim cutter.
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