Sorry if I'm bumping a thread that should have remained dead, but considering that I have the desire to run old hardware on networks still running just for fun, I guess it makes sense to mention it:
I purchased both a Motorola Select 2000e and a Nokia 2190 recently and am waiting for them to arrive. I intend to use them with some of my roaming SIMs that work fine where I am (a city with plenty of 1900 MHz coverage on both GSM operators, with T-Mobile edging out AT&T obviously). I picked these models as they are some of the oldest, if not the oldest, that can run on 1900 MHz GSM. The oldest GSM 900 phone is the Motorola 1000 Autotelefon. It is said to get very hot when in use and has very low battery life compared to even the next models to début like the Nokia 2110 (also, the 2190 is the 1900 MHz version of the 2110). I am looking to get other retro phones in the future that can still work on present-day networks.
BTW, from what I understand, CDMA hardware that does not have E911 support can not be activated any-more (or can it?).
Anyone know if GSM is likely to be shut down any-time soon (say, by 2015)? I know LTE is supposed to go on newer bands like 2600 & 700 MHz but don't some operators not have this new spectrum and will be forced to 'pre-maturely' shut GSM or even UMTS down to make room for LTE?
2007-12: T-Mobile PAYG (USA 857)
2009-01-21: Mobal World (UK O2)
2010-06-08: TracFone (USA 215)
2011-03-12: Tru (USA 305)
2012-01-21: Simínn (Iceland)
2012-01-24: Vodafone (Netherlands)
2012-02-26: Google Voice (USA 401)
2012-05-17: T-Mobile Monthly 4G $30/5 GB/unlim msg/100 min (USA 917)
2012-11-13: Straight Talk (USA 212)