Question: I recently purchased a GSM phone for when I travel on business and pleasure to Europe and Asia. What interests me is how do I arrange in advance the software and Sim cards for say Hong Kong, so that when I am there, I can get my e-mail as well as use the phone for calling etc?
For your reference I have the cable to connect the phone to the laptop, and the software I believe is subject to the provider I will use. Since I do not have GSM service here in the US, I do not have software for the GSM phone. Anyway, I am interested in how you go about arranging for the particulars regarding the service and software.
- The software to drive the phone needs to come from the phone manufacturer; in the GSM world it has nothing to do with the network you use. I suggest you check the manufacturer’s web site.
- A GSM phone bought in the USA may or may not be compatible with GSM networks in the rest of the world. (The USA uses a different frequency.) Unfortunately, just another time when a ‘standard’ isn’t.
- The best way for you to get up and running, at least initially, is to buy a ‘pay as you go’ kit in a GSM country. This will include a SIM card for the network that will plug into the phone and a card good for a number of minutes. You can get them at any phone store in most European countries; I don’t know about Hong Kong.