i want to by a cell phone

China
January 30, 2010 11:54pm CST
i want to buy a cell phone in U.S, but i'm a foreigner, i don't know the procedure and what kinds of cell phones in there. are there some service plans?
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@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
31 Jan 10
You need to pick the provider you want aince there are differeon ones out there. Once you have chosen the provider, then you should check out what phones they have, and what features, and pick the phone that is the best for you. There are enough phones out there, and it might take time to find the one that suits you. You need to check all the features do decide what you want in the phone, whether it be wifi, camera, internet and others. Every phone has features unique to just that phone. I hope that you find the phone you really want. Take care, and happy mylotting.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
1 Feb 10
Fist, you need to decide if & how long you're gonna stay here in U.S. If you're staying here few month, then you might wanna look into pre-paid phones. If you're staying in U.S. for few years or more, then you need to find out the coverage issues around where or what state & city you're gonna stay in. Then find the service provider that gives you the best reception. Then goto their web-site & see if what type of phone they're offering that fits you best. Then you can either find the store that deals with the service provider you have chosen or you can buy a phone on-line. That's it.
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
1 Feb 10
Oh, forgot to mention. Some of the service providers are; Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile. These 4 are the major service providers. I'm sure there are other ones out there & some of them are local providers, instead of national companies. Most likely, they'll run a credit check on you if you want a 2 year contract. I know that T-Mobile gives you an option to buy a phone at a full retail price & they'll put you on a plan without any type of contract. I'm not sure if any other carriers do that. I have T-mobile & all the places I go, it works fine but it may not be the case for you so you can always log on to their web-sites & do a little research before buying a phone.
• China
1 Feb 10
thanks you very much, but i don't know, if i have a phone which are bought in my contry, can i use in the U.S?
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
2 Feb 10
That depends on what type of phone it is. First, you need to find out what system your phone works on. If it works on GSM network, then most likely, it will have sim card in it. Also, you need to find out what frequency it works on. Frequency for GSM network for U.S. is different than that of Europe or Asia. In U.S., GSM works off of 850MHz & 1900MHz. In Europe & Asia, GSM works off of 900MHz & 1800MHz. That means even if your phone is GSM capable, it may not work here in U.S. depending on what frequency your phone works on. Here in U.S., 2 major service providers that work on GSM are, AT&T & T-Mobile. Company called "Alltel" might be using GSM but I could be wrong. I know they're part of Verizon Wirelss now, which uses CDMA. Almost all carriers have an option to put you on a pre-paid service.