09-19-2012, 03:11 AM #1
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Can someone with experience / memory of past "exclusive" hardware roll-outs hazard a guess as to when we might be able to buy an unlocked 920 in the US? Does history tell us what 3G / 4G frequencies it might support?
I'm currently on TMO/3G, and took a quick look at ATT's data plans - ridiculous.
I suspect that if I buy an unlocked 920, I'll be stuck on EDGE until TMO gets AWS rolled out. Does that sound about right?
And this'll would my first "factory unlocked" purchase - most of the stores I've heard about indirectly are UK based - are there US based stores that are equivalent in terms of stock / reputation?
- 09-19-2012, 03:35 AM #2
T-Mobile should have their network refarming done by early 2013 in major cities. Until then, yes EDGE. (there are a few threads about this already like this one).
I'm curious as well about unlocked device availability. I'm not buying subsidized devices anymore, it really is a scam.
09-19-2012, 03:47 AM #3
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I read through the thread you pointed me to. Good stuff. It sounds like 4G is important to you, but I wonder if I could just get along on Straight Talk's 3G if I'm not too worried about using lots of data.
It looks like I wouldn't get LTE off of AT&T's network with a Straight Talk AT&T/TMO SIM, but reading between the lines I think I would get 3G - which is good enough for me.
- 09-19-2012, 12:30 PM #4
Well, actually, tethering is important to me and it's not supported on Straight Talk whereas 4G is, especially if you bring an ATT device. Not sure about LTE though.
Still, 4G is a speedy technology: it's 6X faster than 3G when LTE is "only" 2X faster than 4G, or 12X faster than 3G.
I think if tethering isn't something you need, you will most probably be happy on Straight Talk.
- 09-19-2012, 03:01 PM #5
I'm so tired of paying AT&Ts outrageous pricing that I'm finally willing to live with Edge until their network is refarmed. Sadly, I can't leave because there are no unlock codes for the 900. I was tempted to try Straight Talk but I don't want to give up my current number and the instability with MMS would be annoying because I use MMS all the time."Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels." - Stephen Elop