35653Re: will US phone work?--Cell phone compabability....
- Oct 1, 2005Yes, partially true. As for TDMA, the US frequencies are the same as
CR and if the phone is "dual mode" meaning analog and digital, you
will get full coverage in CR once you have a line and this service
does NOT use a SIM card, the phone itself is "programmed" by ICE.
There are only 50 analog customers left in CR! the rest are digital.
ICE is supposed to start selling TDMA lines next week!
As to GSM phones, CR uses the European frequencies, 900 and 1800,
(whereas the US uses 1900)....NOT COMPATIBLE! However, more and more,
GSM phones sold in the US are "multi-mode", to say that they will work
on 900 or 950, 1800 and 1900, not to be confused with "tri-mode" which
is CDMA, 3rd generation cell service and NOT used in CR....yet.
Rayburn "accidently" maybe, brought multi-mode phones and thus only
needed to change the SIM card from the US one to the CR one (provided
you have a line!) to have the "multi-mode" phone work here in CR.
Wow, talk about luck! ICE is supposed to start selling additional GSM
lines the last week of November....
So, if you are bringing a phone from the US, make sure it is a dual
mode TDMA that ICE can program for you, OR, a GSM "multi-mode" phone
that is capable of 900 or 950 and 1800 and 1900 if you expect to use
it here in CR as well as in the US. You can check with 193 here or
the ICE website for compatible phones. Hope this helps.
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