T-Mobile v. Unlocked

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    T-Mobile v. Unlocked

    Is there any real difference between the unlocked phone and the T-Mobile phone? Is there any advantage or disadvantage to getting the unlocked one and then using it with T-Mobile?

    I am asking about the phone itself, not the financial aspect of being in or out of contract.

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    the tmo one u should make a contract for 2 years with them, the unlocked one u can use it on any carrier u wwant.... only if it use the same GSM band that the phone uses


    they r the same... thats the only difference

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    Hmm...

    As of a few minutes ago, there are two GSM Nexus Ones. Both are unlocked, so if you buy either one of them, you can use them on any GSM carrier as a phone or semi-fast data device.

    One of them provides fast data 3G coverage on networks that use the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on AT&T in the US)

    The other of them provides fast data 3G coverage on networks that use the 900 MHz, AWS, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on T-Mobile in the US)

    For the countries that the Nexus One is supported (US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and United Kingdom), you can go to this webpage for more information. Using the phone with a SIM card from your mobile service provider.

    Outside of those countries, you should take that information to your cell phone service provider. I've not found any completely accurate listing of the frequencies that are used by all companies around the world.
    :nexusx:

    There is no LOCKED version of the Nexus One right now. However, you can get a discount from T-Mobile if you agree to a 2 year service contract, but even then, the phone is unlocked according to the normal definition of a cell phone being locked to a particular service provider.

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    So basically, the ONLY difference between the unlocked version and the T-mobile version is just that T-Mobile subsidizes the cost of one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Law View Post
    So basically, the ONLY difference between the unlocked version and the T-mobile version is just that T-Mobile subsidizes the cost of one.
    Well, there is no difference in the physical phones.

    If you order the $529 T-Mobile phone, it comes without a SIM but if you order the subsidized one, it comes with a SIM and you have to start paying T-Mobile for the contract after you activate it.
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    Even though the OP doesn't care about $. For others reading this thread... Go w/ Unlocked N1 & get a Data Only Plan for $40 & make calls through Google Voice/Gizmo5

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    How do you get a Data-Only plan??

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    hello,

    what's Data-Only plan? could you explain some?

    thank you!

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    data plan is just that.... no calls, just data by 3G... for surfing the web and stuff like that, but no calls or sms....

    with that u can just get google voice and use the data plan to communicate with google voice and make calls

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    Well, I think you can't purchase additional services with the 2 year contract. I couldn't..

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