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Sprint Android Worldphone

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by marlinspike, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. marlinspike

    marlinspike Lurker
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    Hello,

    I'm happy with my Sprint service, and would like to get an Android phone from there -- one of my major criteria is that it must be a World-Phone, capable of being used in Europe and Asia.

    Any idea when Sprint may introduce an Android World-Phone?

    Thanks.
     



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  2. ari-free

    ari-free Android Expert

    I heard that Samsung Epic will have a sim slot.
     
  3. Bitbang3r

    Bitbang3r Well-Known Member

    If it does, it would likely be a CSIM slot (CSIM = R-UIM's successor... a superset of GSM SIM, and optional subset of UMTS USIM). All that means in terms of global roaming is that if Sprint gives us our Epic4G phones with a CSIM in them, you MIGHT able to use your CSIM in a GSM phone in a foreign country to make voice calls, send/receive text messages, and use GPRS (but not UMTS... that requires a USIM, which a Sprint CSIM *could*, but probably *wouldn't* be), have that phone ring when someone calls your Sprint number, and get raped by the roaming charges.

    The immediate advantage of having a CSIM slot in the Epic4G would be the ability to buy a second one to use for kernel development purposes or experimentation, and switch between them at will without having to pay Sprint ~$20/month for a second line/number sharing the same minute pool. Though knowing Sprint, if there's a way for them to semi-immutably associate a specific CSIM card with a specific phone and make the whole thing moot, I'm sure they'll find a way to do it.
     
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