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I want to buy a Nokia 207 but live in the US


#1 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2014 - 04:02 PM

I guess I am a dumbphone kind of person, I've been rocking my Cingular (!) branded flip phone for many years.  Anyway I kind of want a new cell phone in order to get bluetooth so I can use a headset in the car, as well as maybe better battery life, and USB charging so I don't need to drag around the dedicated charger for my current phone.

 

I found the Nokia 207 (or sometimes called Asha 207) which appears to be just what I have been looking for.  http://www.nokia.com...ucts/phone/207/  Problem is they do not sell it in the US.  I suppose they think we should all be buying smartphones.  I want to get a white one, but extensive searching online at places like ebay/international ebay/amazon/international amazon/etc. have all come up with nothing.

 

Any ideas on what to do from here?  Maybe there is an international CAG'er willing to buy and ship?  Don't really know what else to do.

 

Oh also I notice a lot of new cell phones use the mini-SIM cards.  My SIM is the full size version.  If I were to go to an ATT store would they be able to transfer my SIM onto a mini SIM or would I need to cut my SIM down to size?

 

Ruahrc

 

P.S. yes, I checked it is a GSM quad band phone and should work fine on US cell frequencies



#2 SchmidtA99   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   510 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:19 PM

At&t can get you a new sim for free and transfer your info. Even though that is a cheap phone. It might cost you more then a more equipped smartphone to get one here. Plus you will probably have to pay for a smartphone data plan with the asha. If your not very techie you may want to look at a windows phone 8 device like the Nokia 520. Which is usually always on sale for $50 to $60 bucks. They are extremely simple to use. The app selection isn't as big as Android or Ios. But it still is a good size.



#3 62t   Zune Duck! CAGiversary!   20115 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:29 PM

Um there are oversea seller on ebay seller selling them unlock.  



#4 randamin  

Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:47 PM

The other shortcoming of using that phone here is it would only get 2G because it lacks the frequency bands for 3G used here. If the phone is only used for calls and text then that may not be an issue but in the future the 2G network will be shut down and 3G does offer some enhancements to call quality.

 

I do agree though the basic phone choices has diminished greatly and the few that are readily available are of poor quality.



#5 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:14 PM

At&t can get you a new sim for free and transfer your info. Even though that is a cheap phone. It might cost you more then a more equipped smartphone to get one here. Plus you will probably have to pay for a smartphone data plan with the asha. If your not very techie you may want to look at a windows phone 8 device like the Nokia 520. Which is usually always on sale for $50 to $60 bucks. They are extremely simple to use. The app selection isn't as big as Android or Ios. But it still is a good size.

I don't see why I would need to pay for a data plan with this phone.  Just take my current SIM and put it on a mini, no changes to my service that is all I want/need.  ATT would not even know I had changed the phone.  I do not intend to use any of the "data" features of the phone anyways.  My current service does not include data plan although my phone has basic browser, etc.  They just don't work when I try to launch them.  Yes I'd be paying a little more but at my current rate of one phone every 9 or so years I think I am OK :).  I could get a low end smartphone but part of why I want a candybar phone specifically is that it has real dial buttons and minimal fluff.  Oh and a lot of smartphones nowadays are huge.  I only use my phone to make voice calls, that is it.  No texting (well I receive but never send), and no data, which is why this phone appeals to me.  It's not that I am not techie (quite the opposite really) I just like this form factor for my phone and the way I use it.

 

Um there are oversea seller on ebay seller selling them unlock.  

Never seen one in white.  If you found a listing let me know.  I have almost caved several times and settled for the orange one I see on ebay, or the black one I can get from Amazon UK... but I am trying to see if I can find a white one.  Even the cyan/blue would not be too bad.

 

The other shortcoming of using that phone here is it would only get 2G because it lacks the frequency bands for 3G used here. If the phone is only used for calls and text then that may not be an issue but in the future the 2G network will be shut down and 3G does offer some enhancements to call quality.

 

I do agree though the basic phone choices has diminished greatly and the few that are readily available are of poor quality.

According to the Nokia website, the phone is quad band 3G, so it does support US 3G GSM bands, and should work fine with 3G here.  Although if you are not doing data I really don't understand the purpose?  According to the specifications, 2G gives better battery life and talk time.  Regarding 2G being shut down, ATT already told me >6 months ago my current "2G" cell phone would stop working last November but I haven't had a problem yet...

 

Ruahrc



#6 SchmidtA99   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   510 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:51 AM

I looked at the specs of the asha. I thought it was the new asha that is a smaller smartphone.

It will work for 2g. But you may want to check out your current phone to see if uses 2g or 3g. Since 2g is gonna shut down in the next year or two.

 

You may check out some of the other older Nokia candy bar phones. Since they both have AT&T frequencies which are 850/1900.

 

Here is the asha 300 which has both 2g and 3g bands.

 

http://www.gsmarena....ha_300-4279.php



#7 Blade   This is the way CAGiversary!   14920 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

Posted 01 July 2014 - 03:04 AM

Just buy a Nokia Lumia. Microsoft owns Nokia and has licensed all of their products. The Lumia model is really cheap for a smartphone, and will future-prep you for a few years, as dumbphones will most likely be phased out in the next five years.



#8 Ruahrc   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1134 Posts   Joined 13.3 Years Ago  

Posted 03 July 2014 - 08:44 AM

The point is not to get a cheap smartphone. I don't want a smartphone. The whole reason I want the 207 in particular is that it is NOT a smartphone, and does NOT have a camera. I could pick up similar models like the Nokia 301 which seems easier to get but they have cameras. I thought I would try to have my cake and eat it too and get the 207 which is cameraless.

Guess I'll have to keep looking or settle for a black one from amazon.