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  1.    #1  
    Hi,

    What will the GSM Frequency of the Treo be? I'm sure it will be 1900mhz (the USA Standard), but will it work in Asia? Europe?

    They announced they're releasing in Europe first - will those be the same Treo's as the USA ones or different?

    Thanks
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    European Treos will work on the standard GSM frequencies of 900 and 1800MHz; I presume they'll automatically switch between the two for roaming, as is the case with most modern european standard phones.

    The US Treos will work on the standard 900MHz and on 1900MHz, which is the US frequency, allowing those of you who have passports to roam overseas, albeit with a smaller selection of networks.

    I'm not sure if the 900/1900 switching will be automatic; on many tri-band or 900/1900 phones, you have to select 1900 manually. Whether that's a technical limitation or something to do with radio frequency approvals, I'm not sure.

    The FAQ on the Handspring UK site suggests that if you want a Treo that works on the US frequency, you order one to be delivered in the US and then forwarded over to you.

    Nigel.
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    thanks for the reply.

    How common is the (new?) 1800mhz frequency in Europe? I am trying to find a phone that will work around the world, but I want to stick with the Nokia interface. It looks like the 8890 is the only "world" phone they produce and it's only dual band!!! (900/1900)!!
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    1800MHz is very common, though in most cases the networks using it were launched after the original 900MHz networks. In most countries, you'll probably have a choice of two networks at 900MHz and one or more 1800. Although 1800 is generally 'newer' I've been on Orange since it launched, which was late 1994.

    From the places I've been in the last few months, as far as I recall Ireland has one 1800MHz network (Meteor), France two (Bouyges Telecom and I think one other), Germany one (E plus, but there may be another), Belgium one (Orange, though the Proximus network there uses both 900 and 1800) and Netherlands three (Ben, Telfort and Dutchtone). In each of those countries you'll find two 900MHz networks that the 'world' Nokias can sign on to. You can probably find details of coverage on www.gsmworld.com

    So, you will miss out on some networks (and in the case of a dual band network like Proximus, coverage might not be as good in some areas) by only having 900/1900. However, remember that in Europe, most of the 900MHz networks have had about a decade to build, and coverage is excellent almost everywhere you go; in the UK, 99% of the population has coverage, and venturing into the countryside doesn't mean being cut off.

    But yep, Nokia still don't have a tri-band phone, and Motorola's interface is horrible. Ericsson's is better, and the T68 is a really neat phone. I'm almost tempted to ditch my Nokia 8210 for one, unless Nokia come out with something really good in the next few months.

    Nigel.
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    Nigel allready answered it...
    But I'll add 1 thing... if you want to have a phone that works in most places get the 900/1900 (US) model all places that have the 1800 network still have the (legacy) 900 network.

    The only issue with missing out on 1800 is that the cheaper european providers (i.e. the new ones) use 1800, the companies that use 900 are mostly the first ones to intoduce GSM to europe and are a bit more expensive. However the 900 network used to have less 'holes' than the 1800.. that may have changed the last 18 months...
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