Verizon/Sprint won't touch these phones as the software programming is different
Don't worry, you may be able to get the Motorolas from Korea which are on CDMA2000 EV-DO. I have heard of people importing phones from Korea and then getting them reprogrammed. Look on ebay to find some models.
I am not exactly sure how the reprogramming would work, but the S/N number would have to be signed up by your local Sprint/Verizon provider. Probably some hacking and cracking involved, not sure.
It's really sad that all of these great phone will not be available in the US for good. They are meant for Vodafone and other W-CDMA/UMTS service although they are advertised "GSM900/1800/1900" It just means they can be roamed outside Japan/Europe, but are not produced to be sold in the US. Maybe Verizon or Sprint will come out with a similar model! They are the ones that uses CDMA and not GSM network in the US.
will it plag mpeg4 video and if available pay and go are we talking expensive or heavily sub subsidised for the launch to get thiongs going
And correction one more time:
I meant to write GSM 900/1800...not 800/900.
BTW...by saying they are locking them to 'UMTS ONLY' I didn't mean that they only operate on WCDMA...they do work in GSM, but only on Vodafone GSM or roaming with a valid Vodafone USIM.
Personally I find it ridiculous to brand them phones so much like Vodafone does. Another sort of branding is locking them to Vodafone UMTS and I mean UMTS ONLY. Vodafone is available in many countries, also Australia, but until Vodafone has finished their UMTS-Net over here we won't be able to get the 902 and 802 over here either.
Since Vodafone only operates on GSM 800/900 (as far as I know) and WCDMA I highly doubt if they will ever set foot in the US...even though T-Mobile eventually went over there too.
So I guess the US have to wait a bit....
how can people "vote" or "rate" these phones that have not been released yet???
this fone will be released in November by vodafone uk for thier 3g launch! it will be on contract & pay go-the other 2Mega pixel will only be contract-cant wait!
Kerella you can't get this phone in the US. Not now, not never... this phone is only available in Europe and Japan.
'Unknown' you obviously dont know what your talking about. Honey I live in the United States I can get whatever phone I like. And I wasn't insulting your precious phone. Sharp is fantastic company I just am judging its appearance/design (which is not that great) because I am a fashion expert its what I do.
Since this phone has a 1MP camera, 256k screen and video and bluetooth capability this is easily a brilliant phone.
the design doesn't bother me one bit. The screen is huge, the colors are great, the functions are all there. It's UMTS and it's about the same size as my GX20 without the antenna and so is one of the smallest UMTS phones available at this stage.
It's a great phone and finally brings the GSM market, together with Mitsubishi, up to the Japanese standard.
Kerella you're too jelous because you can't own the phone where you live right? Get a life!
I guess you guys really don't like flip phones from Japan, or maybe you should check out these better screens taken from Vodafone Japan.
This may be not the exact model, but one thing for sure that I know about this model is that it has the same swivel hinge like it's japanese counterpart.
This model has been derived by the V602SH
Honestly, I have been waiting for this moment for a long time..:)