Buying a phone in Germany before moving to US

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I am moving back to the US in about 3 months, I want to purchase a smart phone this month.

I started looking and I find some interesting things about phones only being activated with EU simcards and what not. Then I find there is even more complications depending on which band it has. However, looking at these two phones

 

https://www.redcoon.de/B559160-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Neo-I9301-black_Handys-Smartphones#databox

Nothing about EU but has this in the details:

Bitte beachten Sie, dass dieses Produkt mit dem regionalen SIM-Lock-Aufkleber von Samsung versehen ist. Dieser Aufkleber besagt lediglich, dass das Gerät ausschließlich mit einer SIM-Karte eines Mobilfunkbetreibers aktiviert werden kann, der zu den Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union gehört.

 

http://www.redcoon.de/B558154-Samsung-Galaxy-S3-Neo-I9301-Black-EU_Handys-Smartphones?xtmc=galaxy+s3&xtcr=5#databox

Then there is this one, called an EU phone, but has nothing about this sim card requirement expressly written.

 

Both phones have only the WCMDA (UTMS) as a band under ausstattung and under data, this: Datenübertragung 3G/UMTS, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

 

 

Wiki says this about CMDA

CDMA2000 networks are widely deployed, especially in the Americas, with coverage in 58 countries as of 2006. However, divergent requirements resulted in the W-CDMA standard being retained and deployed globally. W-CDMA has then become the dominant technology with 457 commercial networks in 178 countries as of April 2012.

 

Would either of these phones actually work in the US or does anyone know how I could buy an galaxy s3 that will work here and when I go back in the US (unlocked sim).

 

Thanks!

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The Samsung S3 will work in the US as well.

 

If you buy a Samsung phone with a "regional SIM-Lock-Aufkleber", you should activate it in Europe with a European SIM card (which is presumably what you would do for any phone, anyway).

 

Once the phone has been activated, you can take it anywhere you want and change the SIM card to a non-European one.

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You will not be ble to use this phone on Verizon network. But should work fine with AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Out of curiosity, why don't you wait until you get back to the US? I bought my phone in the US before moving to Germany because it was cheaper with the dollar/euro conversion.

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You should be aware that the phones have different variants for different countries. If you buy an iPhone 5 in the US for example, you would never get the fast LTE (4G) speeds in Germany. Or vice versa.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks

 

Phones can have the same name but have different LTE bands depending on the country they are sold in:

 

https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

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Newer Android devices (Samsung) also now require regional unlock/activation.

A phone bought in the EU, would require an EU SIM to activate/unlock it.

Thus a US SIM Card can't work in an EU phone and vice versa.

 

So now not only is the Device locked to a certain carrier, it's also locked

to a certain regions SIM cards.

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