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GSM Droid 4 Unlocking.

How do I do a full "Subsidy" and "Carrier" unlock for a GSM/LTE Verizon Droid 4? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 20, 2014 - 4 answers

IMEI on GSM in the UK: Do phones broadcast their IMEI to the network?

When GSM phones in the UK are on a 3G network, is there any broadcast or query of the handset's IMEI number to or with the network operator? [more inside]
posted by davemee on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Obligatory Phone-Shopping Question

I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Complete phone cloning

Hypothetically, what are the practical results of completely cloning a GSM phone-- not just the SIM card, but also the radio fingerprint and any other method used to differentiate two mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Oct 24, 2012 - 5 answers

GSM, SIM, iPhones in Iceland for US folk: Talk down to me

Having trouble making sense of unlocked GSM phones, SIM cards, and unlocking/jailbreaking US phones for travel to Iceland. Please help. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jul 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Android noob seeks new phone

Should I get an unlocked Android instead of a dumbphone? If so, any tips on things to consider when buying a Android phone for a smartphone noob? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 14, 2011 - 8 answers

What is a good, GSM android phone?

Can you recommend me an inexpensive GSM android phone? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Jul 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Smartphones for world travel

What's the state of the art in quad-band capable Android smartphones? Essentially I'm looking for alternatives with capabilities similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G. It needs to be carrier unlocked and support 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM 2G functions and 2100MHz WCDMA. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 21, 2011 - 5 answers

What cell phone is the best... phone?

What cell phone is the best... phone? Ignoring all the whiz-bang smartphone stuff, what cell phone (GSM, unlocked) is the best at actual phone functions? Sounds the best? Easy to use? Fits well in my pocket? Good reception? [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Jul 14, 2010 - 13 answers

I need more than just a product brochure

Help me decide whether to buy a Nexus One. Unusual questions about switching service providers, SIMs, and international options inside. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 25, 2010 - 22 answers

GSM Data Plans

What is the most cost effective data-only plan on GSM in the US right now? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Jan 15, 2010 - 5 answers

WTB: Good prepaid SIM card for someone who never uses their phone.

What's the best option for prepaid cell minutes in the USA (Philadelphia) if I already own an unlocked GSM phone? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Tell me about your tiny GSM phone

What's a great small GSM phone? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Jan 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Best voice+SMS GSM carrier for one month of travel in Europe?

What is the best flat calling rate pan-European GSM SIM card for temporary use? Two people with iPhone 2G (iPhone1,1) quad band unlocked phones will be in Europe for one month. We want voice and SMS only, not GPRS data, and the ability to add credit to either phone by scratch cards... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Aug 11, 2009 - 4 answers

A good quad-band phone for Europe?

What's a good quad-band, GSM, UMTS-compatible, QWERTY-keyboard phone to take to Europe? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Aug 10, 2009 - 5 answers

GSM phone unlockers in Toronto

I'm in Toronto, and I need to get a GSM phone unlocked. How much should I expect to pay, and do you know of any reputable place where I can get this done? (I'm fond of my cheap, but well made phone, and am wary of letting just anyone play inside it).
posted by jb on Jul 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked 900/1800 GSM mobile phone in Manhattan?

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked GSM 900/1800 mobile phone (one that will work in Europe with prepaid SIM cards) in Manhattan? I'm looking to spend less than $50, if such a thing is possible.
posted by enoent on Apr 24, 2009 - 12 answers

will need a mobile phone in Germany for a two week trip, but need the number NOW

I will need a mobile phone in Germany for a two week trip, but need the number NOW; what are my options and how does that translate to SIM / top-up jargon? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Dec 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Holy GSM, help me find the cheapest cellphone for use in Europe!

Should I get the Motofone F3 or the Motorola V190 for my travels to Europe? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Ping Pong Cellular Telephony: Chinese phones and US SIM cards

Phone from China, SIM card in the US: what do I need to know to make sure I have a working cell phone when I return to the US for a month or two this summer? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 4, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I get a GSM Palm Centro UNLOCKED in the U.S.?

Palm Centro GSM Unlocked: how to get it in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia.

Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 answers

How were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11?

9-11 Technology Filter: I have never been able to even get signal on my Blackberry 8200 (GSM) within 10 seconds of liftoff, so how were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11? Specifically, given the prevailing handset, carrier, and tower technologies present in the Boston, NY, and DC metro and intervening areas at the time, and given the flight paths and altitudes of the hijacked planes, how were passengers able to complete cellphone calls to loved ones? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Nov 30, 2007 - 20 answers

"I'll take 'Cutest Cellphone Ever' for $200, Alex."

My wife is looking for a 'Cute' cellphone - This is obviously something I'm not having a lot of luck searching for on Google. [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 22, 2007 - 28 answers

Can I finally get an unlocked cellphone?

Is an unlocked smartphone right for me? Or should I wait til my contract lapses? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jul 2, 2007 - 8 answers

850/1900 MHz Motofone?

I want to buy an unlocked 850/1900 MHz (Americas) Motorola Motofone for use in the US. [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron on Mar 29, 2007 - 43 answers

Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers?

Can I buy a used or unlocked phone for my plan with Verizon, or is this a right given only to those blessed with GSM carriers? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Feb 15, 2007 - 11 answers

SIM card in NYC?

Where can I buy a prepaid SIM card in New York City? [more inside]
posted by bshort on Sep 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Help Me Figure Out if My Phone is a Boy or a Girl

Cingular has announced it will now charge all customers not using a GSM phone $5/month, beginning in September. How can I tell if my (several years old) phone is GSM? I'd ask the nice people at the Cingular store but suspect they will be too busy plying me with new fancy phones to give me an honest answer.
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 1, 2006 - 21 answers

Is there an easy way to set up a Motorola SLVR or RAZR so that MMS/WAP functions properly in other countries (i.e., using a different SIM card)?

Is there an easy way to set up a Motorola SLVR or RAZR so that MMS/WAP functions properly in other countries (i.e., using a different SIM card)? [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork on Apr 3, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I track down my ideal mobile phone?

I'm looking to upgrade my mobile phone, and I don't want to be limited to my provider's (T-Mobile's) choices. I have specific needs for the phone, in extended. I'd like to know if anyone knows of a phone that fits these requirements, or, better yet (and more useful to others), what are some good ways to track down a particular model that fits my specific needs? [more inside]
posted by blingblong on Jan 23, 2006 - 19 answers

Cell phone in Brazil?

I'm traveling to Brazil in October and I'd like to have a useable cell phone when I'm there. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Sep 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Where can I buy an unlocked GSM cell phone in the US?

What are some reputable sources in the United States for an unlocked GSM cell phone? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Jul 8, 2005 - 9 answers

Phone Causes Interference

When my I put my U.S. GSM phone near a speaker (computer, car, speakerphone) I sometimes here clunking sounds in the speaker. Why? I assume the speaker is picking up some radio signal my phone is sending, but what specifically is happening?
posted by Nelson on Sep 9, 2004 - 13 answers

UK Cell Phones

British MeFis - A friend's family is going to England from the US for a month, and they want to be able to keep in touch with each other while there. She's looking into cell phone deals over the internet, but everything's really expensive.

Would it be better for her to wait til she's there and buy or rent some cell phones that would hold them for the month? How's that all work over there?
posted by jasper411 on Jul 26, 2004 - 8 answers

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