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Can I use the Panasonic VS6 or VK2010 phone in LA and SF?

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by yoyoma, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. yoyoma

    yoyoma New Member

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    I'm on Cingular and I don't really understand the frequencies and what makes a phone compatible or work in a certain area. Please help, thanks!!
     
  2. Andy

    Andy Diamond Senior Member
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    If I'm not mistaken they are both Tri-Band phones with 900/1800/1900 frequencies. The 900 and 1800 frequencies are NOT used in the United States, but only in Europe. The U.S. uses both the 800 and 1900 frequency range for GSM networks. Cingular is a dual carrier using both the 800(also often referred to as the 850 Mhz band) and the 1900 band, sometimes both in the same market. In your market, a Cingular phone should roam on the former Cingular netowork(now T-Mobile's network) which is 1900 Mhz, but not for long. Cingular's own network(the former AT&T network) used to be 1900 only but now is 800 and 1900. You could certainly use either of those phones, but without the 800 band your coverage will be a little worse in some areas. If I were you I would get a phone that has both frequencies Cingualr uses so you can take full advantage of their network and their roaming partner's networks.
    I hope this helps, Welcome to Wireless Advisor!

    By the way, how is your coverage in Southern California at the moment with Cingular? A lot of users in your area are complaining.
     

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