European GSM bands

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Hi all



Here's my dilema...

i can get T610 for $700 CDN

or T616 for about $400 CDN



T610 operates in 900/1800/1900

T616 operates in 850/1800/1900



i would like to be able to use it in Europe as well..



How many european carriers are on 900 ?

Is it a common band?



decisions, decisions....



thanks guys!

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    gspottergspotter Posts: 342member
    Here in Germany:

    900 MHz = T-Mobile (25 million customers) , Vodafone (23 million)

    1800 MHz = E-plus (7,5 million), O2 (5 million)



    So the majority of the users is on 900 MHz (BTW: T-Mobile is a division of the Deutsche Telekom)
  • Reply 2 of 7
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by piwozniak

    Hi all



    Here's my dilema...

    i can get T610 for $700 CDN

    or T616 for about $400 CDN



    T610 operates in 900/1800/1900

    T616 operates in 850/1800/1900



    i would like to be able to use it in Europe as well..



    How many european carriers are on 900 ?

    Is it a common band?



    decisions, decisions....



    thanks guys!




    All carriers are on GSM900 AFAIK.



    GSM1800 is usually only available in cities because of a shorter range.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    gspottergspotter Posts: 342member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by JLL

    All carriers are on GSM900 AFAIK.



    GSM1800 is usually only available in cities because of a shorter range.




    I can only speak for Germany: The the GSM900 has the biggest net, but GSM1800 isn't that much behind
  • Reply 4 of 7
    piwozniakpiwozniak Posts: 815member
    BIG THANKS!



    i think i will suck it up and pay a bit more.



    Is there a logical reason why us is 850?



    again, thanks!
  • Reply 5 of 7
    vasuvasu Posts: 26member
    The US 850mhz frequency is used by Cingular and AT&T as a transitional frequency from older cellular stuff. The old AMPS that was used for cellular was 850Mhz, so they can just resue that space they have for GSM without having to pay to use 900mhz space.



    So the T616 is meant for Cingular and AT&T (the two other big GSM providers in the US other than T-Mobile).



    -vasu
  • Reply 6 of 7
    haraldharald Posts: 2,152member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by vasu

    The US 850mhz frequency is used by Cingular and AT&T as a transitional frequency from older cellular stuff. The old AMPS that was used for cellular was 850Mhz, so they can just resue that space they have for GSM without having to pay to use 900mhz space.



    So the T616 is meant for Cingular and AT&T (the two other big GSM providers in the US other than T-Mobile).



    -vasu




    In the UK, 50% on one band 50% on the other.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    amoryaamorya Posts: 1,103member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by JLL

    All carriers are on GSM900 AFAIK.



    GSM1800 is usually only available in cities because of a shorter range.




    Not in Britain.



    Orange (my network) is 1800 only. I have a dual 900/1800 phone, but my dad's phone is only 1800mhz, and he gets signal pretty much everywhere.



    It's been a while since I looked into this, but a few years back Orange and one2one (now T-mobile) were 1800, and Vodafone and BT Cellnet (now O2) were 900.



    Amorya
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