Neo1973 compatible cellphone providers

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The Neo1973 uses quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) so any GSM provider in the world should be compatible. In general, when you are looking for a mobile solution in your region, you would need to be aware of:

  • the network coverage of available providers
  • different tariffs of these providers

and choose the one that is right for you. If you haven't had any experience with GSM coverage in your area, you may want to inquire locally from the available providers and people you know that may already have experienced GSM at your location. You may also want to subscribe to our mailing list. If you have doubts about the coverage for your area, you may want to borrow a GSM phone or buy an inexpensive one so that you can get a feel for how the Neo1973 will work in your area. You can help keep your cost down by using a prepaid card for your testing.

Here is some information on Prepaid GSM cards:

Think twice before choosing a tariff with long duration contracts (more than 12 months), because prices for the GPRS data tariffs are likely to lower in many countries. Also, long duration contracts are mostly combined with hardware (ie: free or steeply discounted phone with a 24 or 36 month contract). It will be worth your while to shop around for competing offers from the different providers in your area.

We chose the GSM network format for the Neo1973 because GSM is in use by more countries than any other mobile phone standard. As a result, you will have better coverage with the Neo1973, and we felt that it was the best choice for our OpenMoko devices. When the Neo1973 is successful, and we believe that it will be, we will be developing new devices that we will be bringing to market. They will be running OpenMoko and supporting additional mobile phone network standards as well. So if GSM is not available in your area (ie: some areas in the USA), OpenMoko will be bringing other options to market in the future.

Below is a list of Neo1973-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:

Canada

China

  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom (CHINA UNICOM GSM)

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

  • EMT
  • Tele2 - Very low rates for GPRS. You can get 3GB of bandwidth for 675EEK(~43€) per month.
  • Elisa - With M-internet plan you get free access to Elisa wifi hotspots

Finland

  • Cubio
  • Dna - Also a roaming network operator (Network operated under the name Dna Networks Ltd)
  • Elisa - Also a roaming network operator.
  • Go mobile
  • Hesburger - Do you want sim card(s) with that?
  • Kolumbus - Strangely they don't offer their website in English, but they're a part of the Elisa.
  • Teliasonera - Also a roaming network operator.
  • Telefinland - They haven't got an English site, but they're part of the Teliasonera.
  • Ålands Mobiltelefon - Only in the Åland Islands in the southwestern Finland. Also a roaming network operator.

Germany

All:

India

All GSM:

  • Airtel
  • Vodafone
  • Idea
  • Reliance GSM
  • BPL Mobile
  • Spice

Japan

According to the GSM-Association there is no GSM in Japan, except for UMTS.

Lithuania

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.


Slovak Republic

All:

South Africa

Switzerland

(all)

Taiwan

  • Chunghwa Telecom
  • Far EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd
  • KG Telecom
  • MobiTai
  • Taiwan Mobile Co.Ltd

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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The Neo1973 uses quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) so any GSM provider in the world should be compatible. In general, when you are looking for a mobile solution in your region, you would need to be aware of:

  • the network coverage of available providers
  • different tariffs of these providers

and choose the one that is right for you. If you haven't had any experience with GSM coverage in your area, you may want to inquire locally from the available providers and people you know that may already have experienced GSM at your location. You may also want to subscribe to our mailing list. If you have doubts about the coverage for your area, you may want to borrow a GSM phone or buy an inexpensive one so that you can get a feel for how the Neo1973 will work in your area. You can help keep your cost down by using a prepaid card for your testing.

Here is some information on Prepaid GSM cards:

Think twice before choosing a tariff with long duration contracts (more than 12 months), because prices for the GPRS data tariffs are likely to lower in many countries. Also, long duration contracts are mostly combined with hardware (ie: free or steeply discounted phone with a 24 or 36 month contract). It will be worth your while to shop around for competing offers from the different providers in your area.

We chose the GSM network format for the Neo1973 because GSM is in use by more countries than any other mobile phone standard. As a result, you will have better coverage with the Neo1973, and we felt that it was the best choice for our OpenMoko devices. When the Neo1973 is successful, and we believe that it will be, we will be developing new devices that we will be bringing to market. They will be running OpenMoko and supporting additional mobile phone network standards as well. So if GSM is not available in your area (ie: some areas in the USA), OpenMoko will be bringing other options to market in the future.

Below is a list of Neo1973-compatible providers around the world. Please help by filling this out alphabetically:

Canada

China

  • China Mobile
  • China Unicom (CHINA UNICOM GSM)

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

  • EMT
  • Tele2 - Very low rates for GPRS. You can get 3GB of bandwidth for 675EEK(~43€) per month.
  • Elisa - With M-internet plan you get free access to Elisa wifi hotspots

Finland

  • Cubio
  • Dna - Also a roaming network operator (Network operated under the name Dna Networks Ltd)
  • Elisa - Also a roaming network operator.
  • Go mobile
  • Hesburger - Do you want sim card(s) with that?
  • Kolumbus - Strangely they don't offer their website in English, but they're a part of the Elisa.
  • Teliasonera - Also a roaming network operator.
  • Telefinland - They haven't got an English site, but they're part of the Teliasonera.
  • Ålands Mobiltelefon - Only in the Åland Islands in the southwestern Finland. Also a roaming network operator.

Germany

All:

India

All GSM:

  • Airtel
  • Vodafone
  • Idea
  • Reliance GSM
  • BPL Mobile
  • Spice

Japan

According to the GSM-Association there is no GSM in Japan, except for UMTS.

Lithuania

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.


Slovak Republic

All:

South Africa

Switzerland

(all)

Taiwan

  • Chunghwa Telecom
  • Far EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd
  • KG Telecom
  • MobiTai
  • Taiwan Mobile Co.Ltd

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)