- 10-10-2012, 01:09 AM #1
I am determined to get an unlocked 920 and go with a pre-paid plan. I just owned my first smart phone a Lumia 710 five months ago and was instantly hooked to WP7.5. I have four iPads spanning three generations in my family but WP easily beats the iOS for me! I also bought a Google Nexus phone for my wife and I found I still like the WP better... Right, I'm kind of hopelessly sold on WP8 and the 920 looks like a godsend.
Anyway, this will be my first time buying an unlocked smartphone in US, so I'd really appreciate any helps on finding some good online stores. I have already searched google shopping and the pre-order price of 920 varies from $600 (GSM Nation) to $700 (Mobile City Online, Negri Electronics) to $800 (Popular Electronics). Price on eBay is like $900, while Expansys has no price info.
I don't know anything about these stores. By all means, GSM Nation price sounds a bit too low? Any comments on these online retailers will be greatly appreciated. Also, I don't know how soon I can get the 920. I'd very much like to get one before mid-Nov.
10-10-2012, 11:05 AM #3
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I always use ResellerRatings if I am unfamiliar with an online retailer: Store Ratings & Reviews - ResellerRatings.com - Find Trusted Stores
I just looked up GSMNation and they look safe: Gsm Nation Reviews - gsmnation.com Ratings at ResellerRatingsCheck out the great deals on Windows Phone Accessories: http://store.wpcentral.com
- 10-10-2012, 12:43 PM #5
I double checked GSM Nation again and it looks like that their $600 price is just a pure speculation, since you can't place order or pre-order on 920 anyway on their site. I guess once the phone becomes available their price will be adjusted. Their prices on other phones seem to be normal.
I never thought about buying from UK. Will we in US be charged for VAT (sales tax?)?
10-13-2012, 11:26 AM #6
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Just a reminder, be careful of getting a "No Commitment" Lumia 920. I think a lot of us are still regretting not waiting for the unlocked/international Lumia 900.
I know that in a lot of countries, like South Africa, for example, you can get carrier unlocked phones from the word go and use it on any pre-paid plan but here in the USA, you just have to be a little careful when looking at phones...no commitment is not the same as unlocked.
10-13-2012, 11:39 AM #7
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I buy 2-3 high end phones a year and never in my life have i bought phone from operator. Just walk to the nearest gadget store and buy the phone.
Phones sold via operators actually in Sweden started to be more popular when iPhone 3GS came out. Though by law it's not legal to have them locked to operators.
10-13-2012, 01:36 PM #8"Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels." - Stephen Elop
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- 10-14-2012, 01:46 AM #9
Thanks for the reminder. Yes that's why so confusing when I was looking through Amazon as for a same model they have like "AT&T" unlocked, unlocked, nternational model, factory unlocked or sth... The variations seem never ending.
I'm planning to buy a totally unlocked 920 that I can insert any GSM card provided the bands are compatible.
10-14-2012, 09:49 AM #10
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Nokia Admits Website Error, Says No AWS 1700 Coming With Lumia 920 | | TmoNewsTmoNews
Although you will be able to use the 1900 frequency on T-Mobile once T-Mo re-farms their towers in your area."Engineering is more than just the number of megapixels." - Stephen Elop
- 10-14-2012, 06:28 PM #11
10-17-2012, 10:27 PM #12
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- 10-17-2012, 11:02 PM #13
It does not mention AWS frequencies as being tested which meshes with nokia's "correction" regarding the specs. However, since the underlying baseband is most likely identical between the two versions, the lack of AWS in the international version is probably a firmware disabling of that band rather than a hardware limitation. It's even possible that the international phone can really do AWS but for contractual or marketing reasons they've chosen to not publicize it. All we need is a brave soul to buy one and test it out :D
10-17-2012, 11:24 PM #14
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I bought my Nokia 900 off contract through AT&T for about $450. Aside from the phone not being locked to AT&T are there other advantages to purchasing an international unlocked phone? If I go that route will it work on AT&T LTE? Sorry for all the questions!
- 10-17-2012, 11:39 PM #16
I personally can't say for sure about the LTE thing one way or the other. I presume it would...it certainly has the physical capability to do so due to the nature of the baseband integrated into the SoC. But because the AT&T frequencies were not tested by the FCC when nokia submitted it for certification..it is possible that those LTE bands are locked out by firmware. I'm not exactly sure how all that works..if the phone is "allowed" to use U.S. frequencies that it wasn't tested for by the FCC. And if there is a restriction..is it technologically enforced through firmware lock-outs of those bands or is it more of a paperwork thing and the honor system? Maybe someone with more inside knowledge on the subject will chime in.
- 10-17-2012, 11:41 PM #17
10-18-2012, 11:22 PM #18
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AT&T has around 6 MVNOs (Straight Talk, Red Pocket, Jolt, H2O, Pure Talk, Air Voice) that I know of. You can usually use a SIM from one of them on an unlocked AT&T phone.