European Freerunner in USA?

Petr Vanek vanous at
Sat Oct 25 17:00:00 CEST 2008

I just tried this for you in Las Vegas - no problem making a call
being roaming connected to Cingular (with my european FR),


On Sat, 25 Oct 2008 01:57:00 -0700
"Jeffrey Malone" <ieatlint at>
(JM) wrote:

>Okay, as others have reported, the non-North American version of the
>FreeRunner will work in the US.
>In California and Nevada, there is extensive coverage by both ATT and
>T-Mobile on the 1900 band.  Both offer prepaid SIM cards.
>If you do end up getting a prepaid SIM, there are two things to note:
>T-Mobile US does not sell any data plans to their prepaid customers
>(so you will not have ANY data with T-Mobile US on a prepaid SIM)
>ATT reportedly sells data at a $20/mo cost (unlimited usage).
>However, due to a very long reason, T-Mobile coverage would *in
>theory* be better, as ATT also relies on 850 towers (T-Mobile US only
>has 1900 towers) -- but in major places like San Francisco and Las
>Vegas, it is unlikely to be a problem.
>Also, you asked about HSPDA modems.  A quick look into the modems
>shows they are UMTS/HSDPA/EDGE/GPRS.  The modems' UMTS/HSPDA will not
>work here on any carrier.  The 2100 band, which everyone 3g outside of
>the US uses, is used for something else.
>ATT uses 850/1900 hybrid bands, and T-Mobile US uses 1700/2100 hybrid
>(which is not compatible with just 2100).
>Assuming the modems support 1900, then GPRS/EDGE will work with them.
>Please note that I am not a prepaid customer, so the prices and
>availability I've quoted for prepaid data may be incorrect.
>On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:48 AM, Joel Newkirk
><freerunner at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:59:14 +1000, Dale Maggee
>> <antisol at> wrote:
>>> Bryan DeLuca wrote:
>>>> On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 19:46:05 +0200
>>>> joakim at wrote:
>>>>> I'm going to travel to the USA next month from Sweden. I will be
>>>>> in San Fransisco and Vegas.
>>>>> I would like to use my Freerunner as much as possible as a phone,
>>>>> so I have some questions:
>>>>> - Will gsm roaming with Telenor(Vodaphone) work well, or should I
>>>>> buy a temporary card in the states?
>>>>> - I have Huawei E220 and E270 3g (HSUPA) modems, do they work
>>>>> well in the states? How much will a temporary flat rate 3g card
>>>>> cost?
>>> Isn't it a hardware thing? I.e the GSM networks in the USA operate
>>> on a different frequency? will it work at all with any carrier?
>> T-Mobile and AT&T have 1900mhz support most everywhere in the US.
>> Both versions of the FreeRunner support 1800 and 1900mhz, the only
>> difference being 850mhz in North America vs 900Mhz elsewhere for the
>> third band.
>> j
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