me, 2.0: jose nazario
beauty and the street
GSM from the US isn't so global
pics of my phone in taiwan (left) and kuala lumpur (right). while poor
quality, let me tell you what is being shown: my phone is picking up
perfectly usable networks in both places because it's a global GSM phone.
wonderful, you say ... now let me tell you that AT&T has locked the phone
to work only with it's SIM card, so i couldn't use the prepaid SIM card
i bought in KL. i could have usd AT&T's SIM card, with roaming charges
however. too expensive for my tastes.
the plan is to ask AT&T to unlock the phone/SIM card combo, and if that fails
just buy a GSM phone somewhere else in the world and use it freely all
over. every other country and their phone networks have accepted that
they don't need to have their arms reach around the world to take from
your pocket, why can't the US and AT&T?
AT&T basically told me (which i think is inaccurate) that this is brand
specific, and it will only work with AT&T service. funny, given that i saw
plenty of t616's used by people i know and work with that worked just fine with
various SIM cards, meaning the firmware on theirs obviously works. and it
can be upgraded to remove the dependency on AT&T SIM cards, they just wont do
it. and it can be flashed to remove such restictions.
no big deal, i'll buy a new phone in london next month and use that for
global travels from now on. AT&T loses those fees from me, then.
in other news, i missed the motorcycle grand prix race in KL due to time
constraints and, because i flew out saturday, missed the big party.
negative went, and he has some pics
of the happenings.
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