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Is a Korean Android Smartphone Usable in Canada?

 
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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Is a Korean Android Smartphone Usable in Canada? Reply with quote

I have a rooted HTC Desire that has been paid off (2 year contract completed) through SK Telecom.

Will my phone work (calling and data) in Canada while I'm there for a short vacation?

I searched the forums and it seems like all one has to do to is to unlock it with their carrier and get a new sim card in Canada.

Can anyone confirm if this information still holds true, or has the process changed and is there something else that needs to be done?

Thanks in advance for any info Smile
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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't answer you today... but I will be there on Saturday and hopefully can give you an answer then (if it is not too late for you).

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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks Smile

not too late at all...the firsthand info would be really helpful.

i can't get a definite answer anywhere.

just some extra info...i'll be heading to vancouver.

have a safe flight.
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Chalmers



Joined: 20 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it uses a sim-card and it is unlocked then the answer is 100% YES!
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Smudger



Joined: 26 Sep 2010

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends on what network you want to be on. It will undoubtedly work with the major providers.

Check the network frequencies for the providers .vs. your phones supported frequencies.

eg. 900 / 1900 / 2100 mHz etc.

I have an LG Optimus 2X (Korean version), it does not support 1700 like the North American version does. So it will not work with the 3G of TMobile, or Wind/Mobilicity in Vancouver.


p.s. Anyone know of a Korean version Android that supports 1700/2100?
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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for all the info

i'm going to unlock my phone on monday and try to figure out what frequency my phone uses.

i will update with results.
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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i tried to unlock my phone through SK telecom and was informed that the telecom company doesn't unlock the phone, but the maker of the phone can only unlock the phone...in my case: HTC Desire.

Can anyone confirm if this is true?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't confirm that but can confirm that most if not all android phones will work on either the Telus or the Bell networks.

$10 for a SIM
choose the plan you want (I just got a $40, 1 month plan: unlimited evenings, weekends, 100mb data and $.20/min for calls not covered in the "unlimited" talk times)

Total bill: $63.

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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. very useful info as usual Very Happy

anyways, gotta figure out how to unlock my phone and i will post an update.

enjoy your vacation and thanks again!
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hongdae2



Joined: 17 Sep 2006

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

update:

i have an htc desire bravo (dinosaur...i know). sk telecom doesn't lock their phones anymore. this was confirmed at both the head office and their incheon airport office.

went to all the carriers in vancouver and the conclusion was that the phone was unlocked but would not accept the north american sim cards because my phone was on a different bandwidth.

one retailer offered to reconfigure something on my phone so that it would work on the north american networks. i was told that "reconfiguring" my phone involved a couple hours, some software changes and a small fee. i opted to just buy a cheapo pay as you go phone instead.
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