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Old 06-12-2007, 11:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by smilingburgers View Post
Am I missing something? What advantages will this offer both:

1. In the US?
2. Outside the US?

Do we know anything right now?
Unlocking a GSM phone simply means that you can install your own SIM card, and not be constrained to using the wireless carrier's SIM. I bought an unlocked GSM phone (available on the Internet) years ago which I have used in many countries.
You can buy SIM cards local to a country for $70-80 (on the Internet) which gives you some minutes and a local number in that country. You can receive calls for free, make calls in that foreign country relatively cheaply, and phone back to the U.S. for usually $.50-.60/minute. Additional minutes are widely available in drugstores and sundry shops in that country... that's the way the rest of the world works.
While you pay outrageous per/minute prices to use the 8830 abroad (if you sign on to the international plan), you have the tremendous convenience of using your U.S. cellphone number, receiving and sending calls as if you never left the country. Perfect for an investment banker commuting between New York and Europe. Pricey for the rest of us.