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International Mobile Users

International Mobile Users
July, 2001
By Daniel Cheung

Are you an international mobile phone user?  Are you always in a dilemma when searching for the cheapest way to stay contactable and mobile while overseas?  What type of phone do you need?  Here we give a few tips as to how to deal with your international problems.

What Type of Phone Do I Need?

The first prerequisite for ensuring your international mobility is to understand that you need a special mobile phone in order to cover all / most of the possible network technologies. 

  Most phones that profess to being "International Phones" are actually GSM phones.

Most phones that profess to being "International Phones" are actually GSM phones.  GSM is a technology that is well in advance in its international capability.  These are mostly "tri-band" phones - which means that they cover the three possible bandwidth frequencies of the GSM technology (found in most countries globally).  The three bands are "GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900".

Since international phones are aimed at world wide business travelers, they are also quite often luxurious, feature-rich and... expensive. That's in connection with the fees that a user is likely to be charged when using a global phone overseas: it can easily go beyond two dollars a minute!

Thus, international phones are indeed "phones for the rich and famous" (ok, perhaps not the famous necessarily).  However, professionals who travel overseas frequently can often claim part of the expense of purchasing an international phone from their companies.

The following are just three of the interesting international phones on the market:

Siemens s42
This futuristic looking phone packs many modern features including Voice Note and organizer functions. Not available in North America.

Nokia 8890
This phone has it all: small, stylish, elegant and futuristic with its tinny metallic keypad backlight by a classy blue-white light. Expensive, but worth it. My favorite phone of the year 2000 breed.

Motorola Timeport p7389
The p7389 is the most beautiful phone of the Timeport line. With advanced features such as voice note.



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