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    Any difference on Unlocked vs Tmobile branded phones?

    For the purpose of prepaid, is there any difference in :

    1. buying a used phone that is unlocked and compatible with Tmobile radios
    vs
    2. buying a used Tmobile branded phone?

    Could I buy a phone under the 2 options listed above and just swap my current sim card (mytouch 3G) without any issues?

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    Yes you can.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chop-Chop View Post
    For the purpose of prepaid, is there any difference in :

    1. buying a used phone that is unlocked and compatible with Tmobile radios
    vs
    2. buying a used Tmobile branded phone?

    Could I buy a phone under the 2 options listed above and just swap my current sim card (mytouch 3G) without any issues?
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    The biggest diff would be if the unlocked gsm device has the 1700 mhz AWS high speed data channels that a Tmobile branded phone often does. If you are happy with 2G/feature phone level data, any gsm phone on any gsm network will do but if you want high speed data in the 3g/4g level areas, a Tmobile branded device would do better. Generic unlocked gsm devices often have variants and many often have 850/900/1900/2100 mhz 3G or better channels but lack 1700mhz channel. Nokia Symbian 3 phones are some of the few that have both. There are more international carriers that use Att's 3G channels (850/1900 ) then Tmobile's (Wind in Canada is one of the few that does).

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