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New post 07 Aug 2018, 04:21
Hey guys.

Apologies if I am posting this in the wrong forum.
I am from India and am applying to b-schools in US and Canada. I was wondering which cell phones (bought in India) would work in these countries?
Also, which network provider does students mostly use there?
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New post 07 Aug 2018, 06:25
Congrats on your next steps with bschool.

My understanding is that most smart phones these days are global and work everywhere. However I would not buy one just to bring with you. You can often buy them cheaper in the US.

There are GSM and CDMA carriers in the US. Some phones work with both while some only with one or the other.

You can easily find US carriers and I would ask your school and students about the best provider for the schools location. However, one service I like in particular is Google Fi. It is Sam price wherever you are in the world so traveling is very convenient and it is very reasonably prices. (The trade off is the US network is based on Sprint and T-Mobile, the 2 weaker networks).

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ATT and Berizon are the 2 main cell phone carriers in the US. Usually you have to sign up for a monthly subscription plan.

Sometimes it makes the phone cheaper or free. Sometimes it does not. One thing students do is join a family plan - it much more economical - could be a meaningful discount. It is a good idea to check with the second year students to see if they already have one setup to add you or you can start a new “family” with your classmates.

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New post 07 Aug 2018, 07:16
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Hey guys.

Apologies if I am posting this in the wrong forum.
I am from India and am applying to b-schools in US and Canada. I was wondering which cell phones (bought in India) would work in these countries?
Also, which network provider does students mostly use there?



Bang on. The frequency at which phone(device) functions is different in different countries.

I had got an official marketed ipad in india which was LTE in 2013. However it only got 3g reception because the LTE frequency transmission is at different frequency in india. However the wifi will definitely work.:)coz it is universal. Hope that helps.

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There are no India only phones. There are only a handful of standards. The only country with its own standard is Japan, for obvious historic reasons. Your iPad was likely CDMA and this was limited to 3G on GSM or vice versa (though it was 5 years ago so who knows)

LTE is the CDMA standard.
4G HSPA is the GSM standard. There is a European and North American standard for GSM but CDMA is the same usually.

3G term is used interchangeably on both GSM and CDMA.

The biggest impact is what model of phone you have or buy - CDMA or GSM.

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Berizon, I guess
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