Neo1973 compatible cellphone providers

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OpenMoko uses [[GSM]] so any GSM provider should be compatible. This is a breakdown of OpenMoko-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:
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OpenMoko uses quad-band [[GSM]] (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) so any GSM provider in the world should be compatible. Choosing the right (GSM) provider is not a special topic only for using the Neo1973 at your place - In general: when you are looking for a mobil solution at your region you would have to care abouts:
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* the network coverage of different provider
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* different tariffs of these provider
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and choose the right for you. ;)  When your haven't experiances with GSM coverage at your town yet, it would be clearly more usefull to ask people at your town with GSM experiances - then asking our mailinglist. When you have doupts about the coverage, borrow a GSM device or buy a cheap(used) one and maybe buy a cheap prepaidcard (mostly starts at 10 US$/Euro). Good information about Prepaid GSM cards:
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* [http://www.prepaidgsm.net/ PrePaidGSM - worldwide overview about GSM prepaid offers]
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Think twice before choosing a tariff with long duration contracts (>= 1 year) especialy prices for GPRS data tariffs will (likly) fall (in most countries). Long duration contracts are mostly combined with hardware subvention but heavy advertised - so a second view to GSM offers beside the biggest advertisment flyers worth a view ;)
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Why GSM? Because this standard is used in more contries then any other mobile phone standard. So it's coverage was the best choice for building a first device to start OpenMoko. When Neo1973/OpenMoko is succsessfull, it is very likly that there will come new devices to the market, running OpenMoko and supporting other mobile phone standards as well. When GSM has not the best coverage at your town, e.g. some region in the USA, please be patient with OpenMoko and the GSM coverage at your town...
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This is a breakdown of OpenMoko-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:
  
 
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* [http://www.unicel.com/ UNICEL] - A provider that has GPRS and EDGE in many parts of Northeast / New England. Coverage in ME, VT, NH, MA, NY. It is not listed at GSMworld. 850/1900 bands.
 
* [http://www.unicel.com/ UNICEL] - A provider that has GPRS and EDGE in many parts of Northeast / New England. Coverage in ME, VT, NH, MA, NY. It is not listed at GSMworld. 850/1900 bands.
 
* Wikipedia has a list of providers and technologies [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_phone_companies here]. Only GSM networks are compatible with Neo1973.
 
* Wikipedia has a list of providers and technologies [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_phone_companies here]. Only GSM networks are compatible with Neo1973.
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* [http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/usa.html PrepaidGSM.net information about GSM prepaid cards in the USA]
  
 
== Rest of World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America) ==
 
== Rest of World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America) ==

Revision as of 15:44, 14 March 2007

Contents

OpenMoko uses quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) so any GSM provider in the world should be compatible. Choosing the right (GSM) provider is not a special topic only for using the Neo1973 at your place - In general: when you are looking for a mobil solution at your region you would have to care abouts:

  • the network coverage of different provider
  • different tariffs of these provider

and choose the right for you. ;) When your haven't experiances with GSM coverage at your town yet, it would be clearly more usefull to ask people at your town with GSM experiances - then asking our mailinglist. When you have doupts about the coverage, borrow a GSM device or buy a cheap(used) one and maybe buy a cheap prepaidcard (mostly starts at 10 US$/Euro). Good information about Prepaid GSM cards:

Think twice before choosing a tariff with long duration contracts (>= 1 year) especialy prices for GPRS data tariffs will (likly) fall (in most countries). Long duration contracts are mostly combined with hardware subvention but heavy advertised - so a second view to GSM offers beside the biggest advertisment flyers worth a view ;)

Why GSM? Because this standard is used in more contries then any other mobile phone standard. So it's coverage was the best choice for building a first device to start OpenMoko. When Neo1973/OpenMoko is succsessfull, it is very likly that there will come new devices to the market, running OpenMoko and supporting other mobile phone standards as well. When GSM has not the best coverage at your town, e.g. some region in the USA, please be patient with OpenMoko and the GSM coverage at your town...

This is a breakdown of OpenMoko-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:

Canada

China

  • Please add to the list.

Czech Republic

Germany

All:

Japan

  • Please add to the list.

Netherlands

All.

(There are more)

For a breakdown of SIM-only plans, go to Bellen.com

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Romania

  • Zapp is running CDMA (Qualcomm style) and as such it is incompatible with Neo1973. Future versions of the Neo1973 may come with a CDMA-capable baseband chip or FIC may release both GSM- and CDMA- enabled versions sometime in the future.

Taiwan

  • Please add to the list.

United Kingdom

United States

Rest of World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America)

  • almost all use GSM thus they are compatible

(More info available at: GSMworld.com)

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Contents

OpenMoko uses quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) so any GSM provider in the world should be compatible. Choosing the right (GSM) provider is not a special topic only for using the Neo1973 at your place - In general: when you are looking for a mobil solution at your region you would have to care abouts:

  • the network coverage of different provider
  • different tariffs of these provider

and choose the right for you. ;) When your haven't experiances with GSM coverage at your town yet, it would be clearly more usefull to ask people at your town with GSM experiances - then asking our mailinglist. When you have doupts about the coverage, borrow a GSM device or buy a cheap(used) one and maybe buy a cheap prepaidcard (mostly starts at 10 US$/Euro). Good information about Prepaid GSM cards:

Think twice before choosing a tariff with long duration contracts (>= 1 year) especialy prices for GPRS data tariffs will (likly) fall (in most countries). Long duration contracts are mostly combined with hardware subvention but heavy advertised - so a second view to GSM offers beside the biggest advertisment flyers worth a view ;)

Why GSM? Because this standard is used in more contries then any other mobile phone standard. So it's coverage was the best choice for building a first device to start OpenMoko. When Neo1973/OpenMoko is succsessfull, it is very likly that there will come new devices to the market, running OpenMoko and supporting other mobile phone standards as well. When GSM has not the best coverage at your town, e.g. some region in the USA, please be patient with OpenMoko and the GSM coverage at your town...

This is a breakdown of OpenMoko-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:

Canada

China

  • Please add to the list.

Czech Republic

Germany

All:

Japan

  • Please add to the list.

Netherlands

All.

(There are more)

For a breakdown of SIM-only plans, go to Bellen.com

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Romania

  • Zapp is running CDMA (Qualcomm style) and as such it is incompatible with Neo1973. Future versions of the Neo1973 may come with a CDMA-capable baseband chip or FIC may release both GSM- and CDMA- enabled versions sometime in the future.

Taiwan

  • Please add to the list.

United Kingdom

United States

Rest of World (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America)

  • almost all use GSM thus they are compatible

(More info available at: GSMworld.com)