It contains an evdo prl and the software needed to make it work I believe, look at it and see what you can workout, i think its got the settings for china wireless or china unicom. Cant read chinese so dont know, lol.
I am moving to Shanghai next week for several years. I am taking my phone with me. I am keeping my Verizon account and have enabled international data for an additional $15 per month. This way the phone works over there through my US data plan. I am using my google voice phone number as my main line for people to call. This then forwards to my mobile but using the data plan.
The benefits to this are
1) people can call me easily from the US
2) all my calls back to the US are free
3) Google voice calling rates are so cheap that calling internationally or Chine is not an issue
4) I maintain unfiltered connectivity to the outside world. Websites are not filtered through the phone as they are through your computer connection
The negative is
1) I still have a US phone number in China
I am doing this because I haven't been able to get a good handle on the mobile phone world in china and cannot give up my Droid.
I have a similar problem. I'm travel to and fro between Delhi, India and New Jersey and stay for 2-4 months at a time in any one location. I do know that India has two major CDMA players in Reliance and Tata. What I want to know is whether my Droid X (without a contract) will be able to connect with these carriers. My other option is eBay <quietly sheds a tear>.
Google voice will not use your minutes.
However internation rates still apply through your google checkout account (i think)
reliance and tata should work becuase they are both cdma/evdo carriers, the only catch is I dont know what band they work off of, and I dont know what their possible SIP/MIP settings would be because they are using different country codes.
Google Voice does use minutes. If you call Google Voice from your phone to initiate a call you need to pay for that phone call. Google Voice is not a wi-fi app. If you make a call using Google Voice from gmail, for instance, that's different. Then you don't use any minutes.
Verizon Friends and Family = Free Calls?? - Google Voice Help
Now, and always have been minute free.