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I need to replace my mobile phone as I broke it whilst I was on holiday last week and I'm wondering if anyone can help me out with something. I want to buy a UK mobile phone handset off of Ebay or something and using my existing UK SIM card with it until I leave for the US permanently next month, but I also want to use the new handset in the US with a SIM card over there. I know I will probably have to set up a new contract and buy a cheap phone when I get over to the US, but I'm wondering whether I can use just the new US SIM card in my UK handset once I have the new SIM card? Has anyone on here tried this?


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09/30/2005 - Pkt 4 received - Interview date set for 4th November

09/09/2005 - First child is born! Baby girl named Brianna :)

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07/10/2006 - The big move to Ohio!!

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We were assured by our Phone Rep (Nokia) in the UK that when we came to the US we just needed to purchase a new sim card and Bob's your uncle! We had deliberately purchased quad-band phones in the UK so we wouldn't have to buy new phones on arriving in the US.

However, that was not the case when we arrived. After enquiring of just about all the cell phone companies here, none of them was able (or maybe willing) to obtain a sim card to put in our UK phones.

So check your information very carefully before you decide what to do.


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We were assured by our Phone Rep (Nokia) in the UK that when we came to the US we just needed to purchase a new sim card and Bob's your uncle! We had deliberately purchased quad-band phones in the UK so we wouldn't have to buy new phones on arriving in the US.

However, that was not the case when we arrived. After enquiring of just about all the cell phone companies here, none of them was able (or maybe willing) to obtain a sim card to put in our UK phones.

So check your information very carefully before you decide what to do.

Perhaps the original provider could remove the "SIM LOCK" feature of the phone.

I have a tri-band Nokia 6600 that I got in the Philippines that has the sim lock disabled. I can use my T-Mobile sim card in it with no problem.

Have a look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_lock

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05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

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07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

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You need to pick a cell phone company that has a GSM network such as Cingular or T-Mobile. Sign up for their service and then put the SIM they give you card in your phone. They will probably also give you a cheap phone when sign up but it sounds like you would rather use your Nokia quad band phone. The SIM card will work in either phone.


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Also from the previous link

In the United Kingdom, government regulator OFCOM dictates that networks must release the unlocking information to customers for non-contract handsets (e.g. Pay as you go) on request. Consumers who purchase handsets under “Pay as you go” or a similar scheme are purchasing the handset outright at the point of sale, this has in effect made phone unlocking in the UK a consumer right.

UK Network providers are permitted to charge a fee for releasing the unlock code, this has prompted smaller businesses to offer cut price unlocking on the UK’s High Streets.c


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

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05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

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07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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Thanks everyone for all your guidance! I know about SIM unlocking, so if I can do that with a UK phone, then it looks like it'll work. :)


Anthony & Caitlin's Visa Journey

======================

Oct 2001 - Met on an internet dating website

10/21/2001 - Met in person for the first time in London!

Nov 2002 - Anthony & Caitlin get engaged in London!

03/20/2003 - Anthony & Caitlin get married in the UK :)

04/30/2005 - I-130 completed and sent off

05/03/2005 - Forgot to send it Marriage certificate, sent by post!

05/09/2005 - London Embassy notifies us of receipt of I-130

06/02/2005 - Pkt 3 received

08/02/2005 - Pkt 3 completed and sent back

09/30/2005 - Pkt 4 received - Interview date set for 4th November

09/09/2005 - First child is born! Baby girl named Brianna :)

Sept 2005 - Went to get up-to-date TD and MMR shots at local doctors

10/17/2005 - Medical exam in London

11/04/2005 - Interview at London Embassy - GOT THE VISA!!

04/30/2006 - First trip back to the States since getting visa - MRIV in passport stamped!

05/09/2006 - Flew back to the UK to complete sale of apartment

05/17/2006 - Received 'Welcome to the United States' letter

05/30/2006 - Green Card arrives in mail!! - Waiting for SSN now

07/10/2006 - The big move to Ohio!!

07/11/2006 - SSN doesn't arrive in mail, Anthony applies in person

07/18/2006 - Received SSN!!

08/22/2006 - Anthony gets his Ohio drivers license - journey is finally complete!!

Read my POE Experience in Newark

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Hi there,

In the UK I had an O2 contract and I used a Sony Ericsson Z600 tri-band phone, with roaming enabled, of course.

Every time I've visited the States I've brought that phone and used Kyle's US Cingular sim card in it without any problems. I didn't get anything done to the phone prior to using it, I just swopped sims and it just worked. Kyle also tried my UK sim card in an old Nokia he had lying around and it worked.

So, it looks as though - as long as the phone has tri or quad band capability of course - you should be OK. In theory at least!

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Im on Virgin mobile 'no contract' and I go over to Cingular when Im there (US) - and sometimes one called sun-something...forgot it, lol

Works fine and I was told I could switch sim cards as well if needed.


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I got my phone unlocked in the UK and it works fine here with a new sim.


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I used Uniquephones.com to unlck my Nokia 6100 from an Orange handset in the UK. It now works with my Cingular SIM but is unlocked on all networks so would work with any SIM from any provider.

I was VERY pleased with the instructions on their website and had no problems at all unlocking it using the codes provided.

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SO far as Ive seen (not actually used so this is hearsay), the prices on US cells as far as USE goes (cost per call etc) are prohibitive - very unlike the prices we pay in the UK and not as good service either.

Maybe we are more consumer led?

No idea but I think I probably will have to give up the cell once I move

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Applied for K1

Met online 2001 - just aquaintances

Sept 2002 - 1st US visit - everything goes perfectly.

Dec 20th - Forms recev'd at CSC

Dec 27th - NOA1 received by snail mail!

Dec 29th - 'Touched'

March 10 2006 - NOA2!

March 23 - recv'd at NVC

March 24 - petition sent to London

April 9th - Pkt 3 rec'd!

May 17th - Pkt 3 signed for at London Embassy

May 24th - Medical

May24th - Pkt 4

June 14th - Interview 10am - APPROVED 1pm!!

June 16th - Visas received in my hot little hands 1pm :)

July 19th - flying to US!

July 27th - Married!! :-)

Aug 7th - Applied for SSN in married name

Aug 9th - SSN received

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I despise cell phones... I really do. I know they are a really big deal in Europe... I was in Germany and just about every european had them. I might be a dinosaur or something... but I don't see the need to have a phone with me when I go out some where. Yeah, they are convient on occassions... a break down, your at the store and can't remember what the wife needed to make that special meal... but for the most part.. I don't see the purpose in them. I leave the house to get away. If I want to talk to someone, I'll call them before I go. Otherwise, they can leave me a message. I hate talking on the phone when I'm driving (which unfortunately is still legal here... ) because it is distracting. I can't have it with me at work.. so the two times that I'm away from the house the most, I wouldn't be using it. I'd turn it off in the movie theater.... so why bother? lol

Yes, I have owned one a couple of times.. once in germany, and twice here in the states. The one time was because I was away from my kids.. my parents had them until I found a place for us to live after the army brought me back from Germany and sent me to Ft Bragg. I was living in the barracks, with no way to have a "home" phone. The other time, my ex (then she was estranged) wife got a plane and gave me one of the phones... one of the many times she was trying to lure me back... didn't work obviously. I remember I sat in a movie theater with the kids (and her, who the kids wanted to go with us) and got and sent (I think) a couple text messages with my soon to be wife :-D

One thing people have a tendency to forget.. here in the US local calls don't cost us anything. In Europe, I know they do... and people usually use text msg's alot because of it. So I find it strange to pay for yet another phone service, and some how get charged to make more local calls. Just my opinion though.


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