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Having internet access on your phone when travelling
6th July, 2012
I have an unlocked HTC Desire, and in Malaysia I purchased a SIM for it, with 3G internet access.
Well, the internet stopped working the next day, and when I went to get it fixed I was told that the phone is not compatible with their network because I got it in a different country. So I have to get a different phone (the phone calls work fine)
Does this mean that I have to buy a new phone in each country?
So if spend a couple hundred dollars buying a new phone here in Malaysia, it won't work when I get to Thailand and buy a new SIM, and I'll have to spend another couple hundred? This is ridiculous, I thought the system worked better than this.
#1 Posted: 6/7/2012 - 03:12
19th June, 2008
Total reviews: 14
No, that's not correct. First, if your phone is unlocked it's strange that it's not picking up the network. Try a new SIM before you do anything as I'm guessing the problem is with the SIM. Sometimes my phone stops picking up the 3G network in Thailand and I just turn it off and on again, which usually works. But once it stopped working altogether because the SIM was screwed up so I had to buy a new SIM.
If it still doesn't work and you buy a new phone, it should work with any SIM anywhere. You definitely don't need a different phone for every country. As long as it's unlocked, a phone is a phone.
#2 Posted: 6/7/2012 - 09:28
7th January, 2010
At least 9
Is your phone from North America? AFAIK, the HTC desire is a quad-band phone so you can use voice and SMS worldwide. The problem might be that the North American version of the HTC desire uses different frequencies for 3G access. Worldwide the standard is 900 and 2100 MHz (HSDPA 900/2100) but North American 3G networks use 850 and 1900 MHz (HSDPA 850/1900).
#3 Posted: 6/7/2012 - 10:05
31st December, 2007
Location New Zealand
Total reviews: 20
At least 107
As dluek suggests, restart your phone and try again. Next, borrow someone's phone and test your Sim card in their phone, and their Simcard in your phone. That'll give you some idea of where the problem lies.
#4 Posted: 6/7/2012 - 17:03
19th May, 2009
Total reviews: 7
At least 57
Gosh, I don't have a mobile phone. I wonder how I survive.
#5 Posted: 25/11/2012 - 21:45
1st July, 2013
I have an unlocked HTC Sensation and have used it in a number of Countries without issue just with a 3g prepaid sim.
#6 Posted: 3/7/2013 - 04:59
2nd February, 2015
One thing that is very important to me when traveling is having a internet access so I could find some data or information when needed. Especially when I am lost or need to find a place or store.
#7 Posted: 10/2/2015 - 22:55
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