Travel in Europe

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We are travelling to Europe in a week or so - is there any way to take/use my (old, non-Smart) cell phone while we're there?
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RudyW

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Ahhh.....I think that's going to be a bit of challenge. It depends on what phone it is. What's the model?
LG, with slide-out qwerty keyboard and camera (can't find the model #), from about 2008 or so. The little sticker says "Qualcomm 3G CDMA", if that helps at all?

Our other option is to see what we can do with my husband's 'old' Blackberry Smartphone (as he'd actually prefer not to take his brand new phone with us). He's looking into that right now.
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No. You cannot use a CDMA phone in Europe.

Is there a particular reason he doesn't want his new smartphone with him? My smartphone is an extremely valuable tool for me while travelling (finding my way around, finding attractions, etc.). Prepaid data in most of Europe is super cheap.
It's brand new, expensive, and he has no extended coverage on it should it be lost or stolen... the Blackberry is paid for, works excellently and is reliable, but would not be a major loss should something happen to it (I personally don't know why he got a new phone - I'd rather take another holiday. ;-) ).
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For European coverage, your phone must have a SIM card slot and have the following bands:

GSM (2G): 900/1800
UMTS (3G): 900/2100

You don't have to have both 2G and 3G. One of the two sets will suffice. If you want data, you'll want 3G compatibility as 2G internet is slower than watching paint dry.
Thank you - you answered the question that the rest of the Koodo site did not. :-D
My husband will make arrangements to use his 'old' Blackberry.

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