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Texting in Europe
November 15, 2009
2:25 am
Garth
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If I take a Speak Out phone to Europe (specifically, the UK & Spain/Gibraltar), can I send text messages (no phone calls) without getting European sim cards and just pay whatever roaming charges SO may charge? If so, does anyone know what the cost of the text messages would be? I'd be using a 2760 phone.

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November 15, 2009
4:01 am
rmora
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I don't think you can just roam like that, you'd need to pick up a european sim. I know there's decent options, but maybe somebody else knows the specifics.

The other problem is that your 2760 won't work there as their gsm operates at a different frequency, so really, you'd need more than just the sim... phone as well. You would have needed what they call a tri or quad-band gsm phone for it to work there, which the speakout 2760 is not afaik.

November 15, 2009
1:39 pm
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As rmora says, it doesn't work that way. SO doesn't have roaming arrangements in Europe (or even the US for that matter) so their SIMs don't register outside Canada. You'll need to get a local SIM or a so-called International SIM. For your options see http://www.prepaidgsm.net/ and also their forum.

As for phone, you need an unlocked GSM phone that works on the 900/1800 MHz GSM bands. AFAIK the 2760 doesn't support either band. So you'll need to either buy such a phone in Europe or buy an unlocked quadband phone in Canada. The advantage to the latter is that it will work both here and there (with the appropriate SIM.)

Also there have been previous threads on this subject in this forum that provide more details and links.

November 15, 2009
11:27 pm
Art Olin
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I got a 2760 after checking the Nokia website that it operates on 900/1800. When I look at the mauap
manual, it says rh258 is 900/1800 and rh259 is 850/1900. Guess I'm screwed in Europe. even if it isn't locked.
if it turns out to be unlocked.

November 16, 2009
12:02 am
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Make sure you were checking on either Nokia Canada's site (Nokia.ca), or Nokia's USA site (Nokiausa.com). Then it will tell you the right phone to use.
RH258 is the version of the Nokia 2760 found in Europe, and RH 259 is the version found in North American.

November 16, 2009
3:02 am
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it says rh258 is 900/1800 and rh259 is 850/1900. Guess I'm screwed in Europe. even if it isn't locked.

Correct. Nokia's low-end phones tend to come in two submodels, one for NA (850/1900) and the other (900/1800) for everywhere else. Their higher-end phones tend to be quadband.