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FIRST HAND: The PPCW.Net i-Mate Phone Edition and Smartphone in N.-America
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 18.11.03 - 15:57:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6930x
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Many of you who are interested in buying one of the devices above from me sent me E-Mails in the past if either the one or the other can be used in North America and for sure it's a good question. Who want to spend 700 US$ just to figure out it isn't working.
So I used the opportunity, when I was in Canada over the weekend to check if my personal devices really works and I completely trusted in them and left any other triband handsets at home since both are claimed as triband! ;-)

As you will see on the screenshots below, both devices worked in the US and Canada and - that's the even better news - both devices supports full triband now. Before, with the PPCW.Net i-Mate Smartphone (same as the Orange SPV E100) you had to select the band you've wanted to use. So this was a little bit annoying because you had to change from the European GSM 900/1800 MHz configuration to the North American 1900 MHz band. Now both devices (while you have to keep in mind that the previous HTC Phone Edition wasn't a triband device at all) supports GSM 900, 1800, 1900 without changing the bands which makes the international use much more convenient! :-)

Here the network selection menu on the PPCW.Net Phone Edition: left on the Niagara Falls where you get the Canadian and US networks, right on Philadelphia Airport.

As you can see below my German O2 SIM connected with both Canadian GSM networks without any problems:

Same for the Smartphone: First on the Niagara Falls:

And connected with both Canadian GSM networks:

As you can see above it wasn't a problem at all (as expected btw) to use the new Window Mobile 2003 devices in the US and Canada and they worked as they do in Europe.

Cheers ~ Arne