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created on Apr 28, 2012 1:19:47 AM
— modified on Apr 28, 2012 1:20:42 AM
I'm not very tech savvy.
I live in the United States - have a Samsung Galaxy S2 - Epic 4G Touch (model # SPH-D710) with Sprint as the provider.
I will be moving to Thailand in July.
Does anyone know if it is possible to use this phone on a new carrier in Thailand?
I know in Thailand many people use have a sim card in their phone, and they just pay for minutes by purchasing a card at 7-11.
But I can't even find a sim card in my phone to remove and replace with a new Thai sim card/phone number???
Any ideas? instructions you could direct me too?
Of course I called the Sprint store and they were no help...they just told me I would have to ask the new service provider if the phone was compatible.
I'm guessing if it is possible, I may need to "jailbreak" the phone...does that sound right.
Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.
created on May 2, 2012 5:19:20 PM
— modified on May 2, 2012 5:20:28 PM
Hi and welcome!
Im assuming your device is a GSM device if its on Sprint? If thats the case, it has a sim card, unlike Verizon phones that are on CDMA networks. After looking on Google, I found that Thailand uses GSM networks, so you should be just fine using your phone there without needing to do anything to it.
created on May 3, 2012 2:45:10 AM
Thanks for the response.
Sprint is my service provider. I found something in the booklet "Important Information for the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch" - on the paragraph "Your Device, Number & Email Address; Caller ID" it goes on to say "Your CDMA Sprint PCS phone has a software programming lock that protects certain of the handset's operating parameters against unauthorized reporgramming. If you wish to obtain the software program lock code for your CDMA Sprint PCS phone, please visit Sprint.com or call 1-888-211-4727 for information and eligibility requirements."
When I take the back off my phone, the battery is there, and the microSD card slot...but I don't see a SIM card to pull out anywhere. I would be a bit nervous to start unscrewing things, to break down the phone further to try to find a SIM card.
I've read some other arguments on various forums about GSM-vs-CDMA in Thailand, and generally they suggest that GSM phones are the most available, SIM card swappable phones for use in Thailand.
I did some more digging and found a Samsung help number and gave them a call. They verified my phone was a CDMA phone with no SIM card. SO they suggested I get rid of it here while I'm in the states, or save it for when I come back to the states.
Thanks again - I appreciate you taking the time to respond.