International Cell phone details

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  1. pearly83

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    I am an American living in Japan. My work has me travel to a lot of countries in the region. I have a Japanese phone, but even if I unlocked it, it wouldn't work outside of Japan. I am going to get an unlocked Droid phone (my last one died), and then just pick up a SIM card in each place to use it. I am thinking of picking up a dual sim phone.

    Looking at two elements.
    1. What are the specific bandwidth/cell modes I need to ensure it has to work the most around Asia/US and the world?
    2. What Droid phones has most people found to work best when traveling in Asia/Us and around the world?
     
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    1. Alot of the world uses GSM technology so I would think that would be your best bet, even though alot of phones today are considered "world" phones too.

    2. Allow me to clear up some confusion here. "Droid" is a lineup of Android devices on Verizon's network. Android devices can be found on just about any carrier nowadays though.
     
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    If you are looking for a phone that will work just about anywhere, check the GSM versions from Samsung S5, LG G3 and HTC M8. You can't go wrong with either of these flagship phones.
     
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    The second point is important. As dezymond points out, the word "Droid" is specific to a family of CDMA devices marketed by Verizon. An AT&T Samsung android phone (of which I have several) is not technically a Droid, because it is not part of Verizon's fold.
     
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    My bad. I did have a Droid RAZR and now am looking for a good Android device to be used internationally


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    Nothing bad - I didn't mean it as a slam, or criticism. I was just trying to point out the difference. :)
     
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    I am here to learn. I have played with other forums enough to know not take anything personally.


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    Are there specific GSM bands I need to ensure I get on a phone?


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    GSM phones covers most countries. Just make sure it's unlocked if you plan on using a local SIM.
     
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    I'm recommending you to go for a LG G2 considering to your requirement.
     
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    I have been looking at the samsung and the lg g2. Trying to figure out which one is better. I do know that when I go back to the states I will probably be getting the latest galaxy or htc.


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    Sorry. I was confused. I have been looking at the LG Optimus L7 II Dual Sim P715, and the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 - S7582 DUAL SIM. Does anyone have any experience with these phones. I am trying to stay on the cheaper end since this phone will be used when I travel.


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