Choosing an unlocked GSM phone
August 26, 2010 10:55 AM Subscribe
I'll be spending at least several months in Europe, and I'd like to buy an unlocked Android phone and use prepaid SIM cards in each country I visit. Data access (not just voice) is important. What are the best phones on the market for this purpose?
posted by pete_22 to technology (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This question seemed simple at first but after browsing retail locations the last time I was in Europe (for Vodafone, etc) it seemed like some carriers offer only prepaid voice, not data, and some carriers also sell certain phones only with a monthly plan.
It seems like the Nexus One is the closest thing to what I'm looking for, but where can I get it unlocked now that Google has closed the online store? And are there other models I should consider? It seems like after a year there should be something newer/better/cheaper, right?
I have a CDMA (Verizon) phone here in the US, so I think that's not an option.
Also, the reason I need data access is mainly Google Maps and Gmail, so I don't need a huge screen or a ton of data usage, if that matters.