Triband Phones

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The majority of non-triband phones phones are currently locked into what are known as their "home frequencies." Triband phones, on the other hand, are locked into more than one frequency, so they can be used in multiple areas if you're traveling. This "switching" capability is especially helpful for those who travel to Canada and Mexico, two countries that operate on different telecommunications standards.

Most triband phones purchased in the United States are locked into the 900, 1800, and 1900Mhz frequencies. While the 1900Mhz frequency is mainly used in the U.S., U.K. networks (as well as those throughout the rest of Europe) generally use 900Mhz or 1800Mhz frequencies instead. If you cross the Atlantic and only then find your service disrupted, it can be a huge hassle to get wired back in. In the meantime, you might miss out on important business developments back home.

Be Sure Your Triband Phones Will Work Wherever You're Going

Despite the fact that triband phones are referred to as GSM world phones or international phones, some users find that they only work well in big cities. This can be another headache if you're a frequent traveler, especially if you tend toward outlying or rural areas, so it's important to make sure that you're getting a phone with the range you require. Oftentimes, this will hinge on your carrier and their network, not the GSM phone itself, so you'll want to take this into consideration as well when shopping around.

Don't forget that charges apply for receiving calls as well as for making them. It may be a better arrangement for you to buy a SIM-free phone so that you can buy a prepaid card wherever you're going, which will ensure that you receive local rates. You certainly don't need to be a big cell phone user to incur a hefty bill for your international calls.

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