Yesterday I posted the following, but was referred back to my carrier by another member and then my post was moved to "Solved". I've added information and am asking the question again for reasons that are explained by what I've added.
My Original Post:
This article (HOW TO: Enable 850Mhz 3G Network Frequency on your Samsung i9000 Galaxy S
) implies that all S III's are GSM and CDMA compatible and capable of functioning on all frequencies. Am I reading it correctly?
I want to buy an S III but don't want to end up with the wrong "type." My conclusion after reading the above article is that I can buy any "unlocked" S III and put it on any network, but I'm checking here to see if I've drawn the correct conclusion.
Added for the purpose of re-asking:
"Unfortunately,it's not all that simple."
Well...That's why I'm here (I posted the original message above as guest). To learn.
Can anyone help me understand? My carrier is Straight Talk, so basically I'm on my own. Plus, I WANT to understand.
I already knew that there were two basic standards (CDMA and GSM). I learned recently that CDMA phones can function on multiple frequencies (notably 850 MHz and 1.9 GHz). The post I referenced in my thread starter (above) seems to imply that the SIII has all the hardware, and which system and which frequency is controlled by software settings.
But Kolio says it's not that simple. Why isn't it that simple? What else do I need to know? I'm here in part because even if my carrier were one of the biggies with great customer support, I would still want to be knowledgeable, rather than have to rely on their "honesty."
Thank you for your help!