Going to Hong Kong - What phones can I buy there, that are not available here?

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  1. Lufthansa Flyer
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    Hi All,

    Going to HKG after Thanksgiving and am thinking of getting a gift for someone (could be me). Anyway, I'd like to get a phone that is not available for sale here. I know that there are hundreds that are available for sale there, but I'm looking for a quad band (so it works on t-mobile). I've googled around but have not seen any specific models being discussed. Does anyone have an idea or a place where I can do some research?

    Thanks!
     
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    It depends really, there are always the manufacturer's regional sites which shows you the models that are sold in that part of the world.
     
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    Thanks. I just started digging. Good idea on the local manufacturer websites.
     
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    Glad to be of help. The new Samsung phone is coming out, and Sony Ericsson has some new lineups.
     
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    Sony Ericsson and Nokia are generally underrepresented on the US market. Is there anything in particular you would like to see in a phone?

    In any case, there are few phones that are compatible with T-Mobile's 3/3.5G bands. Quad-band typically refers to 4 common GSM/EDGE frequencies: 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz. Most phones sold today support all four for voice and low-speed data. However, UMTS/HSPA (high-speed data) works on a different set of frequencies, and T-Mobile is rather unique in using AWS or Band IV, 1700MHz for 3/3.5G - it was the only spectrum they could get. Using Android or a similar smartphone without 3G network is painful experience, so be careful.

    Finally, remember that if a phone is sold well below its retail price, it's likely a fake. There are no miracles.
     
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    So in other words, you're suggesting to keep what I have and upgrade through t mobile :)

    And that makes sense. After looking at various phones that are out there, I'm finding there's no advantage to getting something unique. Like you said, I may be asking for problems! Thanks for the great info!

    Dennis
     

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