I'm thinking of using my Verizon phone in China next year. They only charge 69 cents per minute on CDMA and 1.25 per minute on GSM for local calls in China, but I'm only going to be there for two weeks; I don't plan on making many calls. However, they were unable to tell me how much the cell phone company that they contracted to provide service charged as their toll fee.
Also Verizon said that CDMA phones can be used in some areas, but of course GSM is more widely used. Is it worthwile to buy a phone that can handle GSM and CDMA signals?
To compromise with a phone plan in China, you just have to change the sim card if your phone is unlocked. The plans here are just pay as you go - prepaid, so you buy a 100 dollar and add it to your phone. Each text or phone call deducts the amount of money from the card and you recharge minutes credit it when its gone.
If your phone is unlocked you can get a China SIM card for 29 dollars with a Chinese phone number.
If your phone is triband (GSM1800/1900/900) it will be able to be used almost anywhere. Basically, your phone needs dual bands (GSM1800/900) only in China. You can buy a GSM phone in China, the most GSM phones in China are unlocked. Dual bands phone with a China prepaid SIM Card, it provides coverage in China. With other country appropriate sim cards, the phone provides coverage in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Rim (including Australia). It does not include Japan and South Korea.
A world cell phone, triband phone will expand coverage to include the United States, Canada and a growing part of South America.
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