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    ebay phone & carrier

    I have never yet owned a cell phone, and am thinking of getting one for very occasional (emergency) use.
    If I buy one on ebay, how do I know if it will work in the city I live in?
    I am looking at a SAMSUNG CELL PHONE, FLIP PHONE, used, starting bid is $5.00.
    Item specifics
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    Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear.
    Brand: Samsung
    Contract: Without Contract Model: FLIP PHONE
    Features: Bluetooth Enabled, Internet Browser Carrier: b*ll Mobility
    Bundled Items: Extra Power Charger (AC)

    As a note, b*ll is not in the city I live in.
    But, will this phone work on other carriers?

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    Some cell cos offer prepaid phones for emer use only. That is what I have with Verizon. The phone cost $60 but it costs $15 a month but those minutes are good for 60 days so the cost is only $7.50 a month. You need to check with the company that is in your area to see what they offer.
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    Just to add that is for a brand new phone and it has a camera built in.
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    Since B*ll is quoted in the ad, the phone will likely be "locked" to that one carrier. If you want to choose your own carrier, look for an "unlocked" phone.

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    Unlocked Phone

    So I take it any unlocked phone will be able to be used with any carrier, is this correct?

    Thanks!

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    It all depends on what type of chip is inside, whether it's GSM or CDMA. If it's CDMA it's limited to Verizon and Sprint. If it's GSM it's able to run on more global cell phone carriers.
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    I would suggest a GSM based phone, so tmobile or At&t branded - i found an awesome deal on my GSII off of ebay, picked up a simple /http://www.wirelessground.com/tmobilesim.html10 buck T-Mobile sim card and im golden. But i was specific that i didnt get an at&t gsII as they do share the same technologies, cdma/gsm, however they do not share the same frequency bands when it comes to 4g data...
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