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Old 01-22-2007, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Sprint 8703e. Just like Verizon my device does not have a SIM card. Is it possible for me to use voice and/or data access if I travel to Canada or Europe? If so how would I go about doing this since my device does not have a SIM and also operates on a different standard than GSM Thanks. -Eric

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Old 01-22-2007, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Canada - yes; they must have roaming agreements with a CDMA carrier in Canada.

Europe; not a chance.
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Sprint operates on CDMA technology just like Verizon. The US is about the only country to use that exact standard, plus few Asian countries, the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America. Japan uses W-CDMA and CDMA2000 which is not compatible with the US CDMA technologies.

GSM on the other hand (Cingular and T-Mobile) is in place in over 185 countries, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia. GSM will not work in Japan from what I have been told.

The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and parts of China operate on iDen which is the old Nextel network. I don't think Sprint is using it even though they merged with Nextel.
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Looks like a few more countries have fired up CDMA..

CDG : Worldwide : CDMA Worldwide
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looking at the current prl for acII 50722 most of the countries list at
CDG : Worldwide : CDMA Worldwide
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Originally Posted by newyowker
If so how would I go about doing this since my device does not have a SIM and also operates on a different standard than GSM
Most CDMA carriers will loan/rent you a device suitable for international use. If you do a lot of international travel it might be worth considering a GSM carrier (unless your international travels are to Japan and South Korea, that is).
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