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Old 05-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to get a friend of mine to buy an 8120. He's a pilot for UPS and frequents mostly China, Hong Kong and Korea. I travel a lot to Europe and have had 0 problems, but I've never to been to the Far East. How does the services work over there? Anyone use the @Home feature over there? He normally gets put up in high-end hotels that have wifi.

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I have a buddy who flys for UPS and uses an 8320 over there and says it works great. I think he bought a travel router to take with him, too. Most likely he'd like the 8320 better but the 8120's UMA should work just as good as the 8320. However, I think there are fewer issues with the older 4.2.2 OS that's on the 8320, but it's mostly personal preference.

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With the @Home service are calls made while overseas via WiFi still "free" like they are in the US?
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Odd i called tmo reps to ask that question but they dont seem to know. So I'll have to wait for my bill and find out it seems. I was able to get wifi in St Marteen at my hotel. Eventhough gprs coverage was spotty i was able to send emails using wifi (the wifi indicator on screen was on showing I was connected while only having gsm coverage) I called tmo to ask about the phone calls but i cant seem to get a definitive answer. so we'll see. I let you know when i get my bill.
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With the @Home service are calls made while overseas via WiFi still "free" like they are in the US?
Yes, as long as you call a number in the US. If you call a number outside the US you will get billed for an international call. It's just as if you're phone were physically located in the US. Great system!

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Odd i called tmo reps to ask that question but they dont seem to know. So I'll have to wait for my bill and find out it seems. I was able to get wifi in St Marteen at my hotel. Eventhough gprs coverage was spotty i was able to send emails using wifi (the wifi indicator on screen was on showing I was connected while only having gsm coverage) I called tmo to ask about the phone calls but i cant seem to get a definitive answer. so we'll see. I let you know when i get my bill.
If your device had a wifi connection but showed anything but UMA (such as GSM or GPRS/EDGE/gprs/edge) then your data was over the wifi and the calls were over GSM. You're going to get billed for the calls unless you show "UMA" on the device.
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Oh well.Fortunately I only made 2 brief test calls. Question can you make calls if you turn off mobile network and have wifi but no UMA?
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No....if you turn off "mobile network" you have turned off the "mobile network." You will get data only and no phone/sms.
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