04-06-2016 10:18 PM
Hi there. I'm looking to purchase about 20 old Nokia phones from a website that sells refurbished phones. (Probably in Asia somewhere) I need to use them in Alberta for a 2 week event. My plan is to purchase Telus sim cards and prepaid cards.
My question is will these phones work on the Telus network? Most of the details I have don't include the 850 mHz frequency in the their description and I don't know if it's assumed or not.
Can you help me?
04-06-2016 11:15 PM - edited 04-06-2016 11:29 PM
Telus does not use GSM. They were CDMA. The only GSM carrier was Rogers/Fido but GSM 900 phones may run into problems or most likely not work at all. Asian GSM supports 900mHz. North American GSM is 850/1900.
I have a Nokia C5-00 (much newer than the ones you are looking at) that is quad-band GSM and tested it last year and the reception was bad indoors (in the city) and voice calls were only really possible if close to a tower or outside.
There is a Nokia 3220 USA version that does support 850/1900, which did work ok but that was many years ago when the GSM network was still being maintained and improved. The 3220 is also TWELVE YEARS old.
04-07-2016 12:18 AM
What's your phone budget?
Telus has the Alcatel for $80
Staples has phones for $49 (less 10% if you have a coupon)
Telus online store may have discards or returns they may be prepared to provide to you at a good price.