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So right now I'm looking for a new phone. I really want the Nokia E5, but since I'm going to college next year, my parents are urging me to just buy a cheapo phone to use for a year, and then get a phone with a contract when I move back to the states. Alternatively, I can fix this E71 from my friend that has a broken screen, but I have a few questions that would apply to either choice:

1. How would an unlocked phone in China work in the states? In china, you "charge" money onto the SIM card, so to speak, but is there anything like that back in the US? I find this much more straightforward than having to select a contract and whatnot.

2. Does the ability to use a phone internationally depend on the phone, or the SIM card? All phones bought here are unlocked when purchased, if that helps any.

3. Any other phones you might recommend? I prefer Nokia's mostly because I've used them forever. I'd much rather have a physical keyboard over solely using a touchscreen. Other than that, there's not much other preferences I have for phones.

Thanks in advance! I'll probably have even more questions after this, so bear with me
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Hi all

So right now I'm looking for a new phone. I really want the Nokia E5, but since I'm going to college next year, my parents are urging me to just buy a cheapo phone to use for a year, and then get a phone with a contract when I move back to the states. Alternatively, I can fix this E71 from my friend that has a broken screen, but I have a few questions that would apply to either choice:

1. How would an unlocked phone in China work in the states? In china, you "charge" money onto the SIM card, so to speak, but is there anything like that back in the US? I find this much more straightforward than having to select a contract and whatnot.

2. Does the ability to use a phone internationally depend on the phone, or the SIM card? All phones bought here are unlocked when purchased, if that helps any.

3. Any other phones you might recommend? I prefer Nokia's mostly because I've used them forever. I'd much rather have a physical keyboard over solely using a touchscreen. Other than that, there's not much other preferences I have for phones.

Thanks in advance! I'll probably have even more questions after this, so bear with me
1. No idea, never used "top-up" or 're-fill".

2. It doesn't matter, it's the bandwidth compatibility from one region carriers to the others. This information is always available in the phone manual.

3. Nokia E71 is GSM works in the states but not for CDMA carriers such as Sprint or Verizon. Blackberry 9700 works two. Not sure about other models, never used them across regions.
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1. Doe'snt matter, you can just put a contract sim in the phone when you got home.

2. What defines what phone will work where is whether the CDMA or GSM based radio and also to a lesser extent what frequencys the radio supports.


I personally would either fix the E71 or buy a cheapo to last the year.
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