QUESTION: i want to buy a Samsung Galaxy i9000 S and use it with AT&T... CAN I?Support


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  1. CrazySte

    CrazySte Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    QUESTION: can i purchase an Unlocked Samsung i9000 S and use it with AT&T 3G Network?


    HI EVERYBODY,
    right now i am using a 4 years old BlackBerry Curve 8310 but i really need to get a 3G Phone and i truly want to get an Android Phone.

    "unfortunately" i am blocked inside an AT&T Family Contract, so i need to get an Android Phone that works with AT&T.

    PROBLEM
    AT&T has only one nice Android Phone which is the Samsung Captivate, BUT i have heard that AT&T put a lot of junk apps in it that drain the battery very quick and you can't even delete them.
    Not only that, but they even Blocked the possibility to Purchase apps outside of the Android Market and the worst part: AT&T apparently has Default the Search Provider as Yahoo! and they won't allow you to change it, so every time you are forced to type: "google.com" to do a search with Google.

    POSSIBLE SOLUTION
    Off course i don't want to buy a Phone that has been limited this much, so i was looking to Purchase an UnLocked Phone and then buy a Data Plan with AT&T.

    I was interested in the Google Nexus One, but it is no longer available in the US, so now i am looking into the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S.

    BUT there is a Problem: apparently AT&T does not provide 3G service to who has bought a Phone outside the AT&T Stores...
    CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THAT THIS IS TRUE?

    AT&T is really bad if they are doing so because this phone supports 3 different 3G Frequencies which are 900-1900-2100 and 2 out of these 3 are the ones used by AT&T which uses 850-1900-2100.

    So... i really want to buy the Samsung Galaxy i9000 S... can i use it with AT&T 3g Network or will it be limited only to 2G?

    In that case... any suggestion on what alternative there is to this?
    Thank you for any info
    REGARDS
     

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  2. Pnjunction

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    AT&T isn't being "bad" in not supporting the 900/1900 bands, they aren't licensed to use 900.

    Actually you might look at getting an I9000M a.k.a. Bell Vibrant, it is identical to the i9000 except with 850/1900/2100 support because Bell uses 850/1900 just like AT&T.

    The crapware on it is pretty minimal, you can root it and delete it all or even install i9000 firmwares on it if you are bold. The stock Bell firmware even has mobile hotspot but not sure how AT&T will react to using it if they can detect it.
     

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