Oversea cell phone?
Hi guys, I have a quick question which I can't seem to get answered and thought I would tap the bottomless well of knowledge that is foo.
I got a phone from a friend recently and was wondering if I could use it here in the US. The thing is the phone is a Sharp Docomo SH-03A from Japan.
heres a link (no I did not buy it for that much)
It runs on 900/1800/1900 GSM network and I use AT&T. I think AT&T uses 850/1900 in the US so I was wondering if voice and text will work with this phone?
If you want to use it as your phone, just call ATT and ask them. They can tell you if it's compatible with their network or not.
Docomo is a service provider in japan, not part of the model name, unless its made specifically for that provider?
You've got the phone? Just slap your sim card in and try it.
Well I called AT&T and their answer was basically that it will most likely work, for voice atleast. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried this at all.
free_pizza: yeah Docomo is a service provider, not part of the name sorry. Company name is Sharp.
redtires: the phone isn't unlocked so I can't use it yet. I have a hypersim on the way but it wont be here till next week.
Just beware of roaming rates. I keep data roaming turned off on my iPhone. Normal use outside America adds up to thousands of dollars in a really short timespan. :eek: I'm sure it's probably the same for foreign phones in America. I find free WiFi if I want data.
You may be able to take out the SIM card on the phone and buy a US SIM card from someone like AT&T or Deutsche Telecom. They you use the Japanese phone, but get the U.S. roaming plans. A friend did that with a bought-in-Dubai phone in Canada, using one of the providers that use the global system as opposed to the U.S. one. But last I heard Japan used a different cellphone system again, so that may not be an option.
For that phone to work you would have to go on a DoCoMo plan. It would be locked to DoCoMo's system. I have to ask the question, how does that company sell DoCoMo phones. There is something very very fishy there.
Some info here about the phone....Just email them and they'll fill you in. ;)
Oh and some more about charges and procedures whilst outside Japan.