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Hi All,

Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
still local or on some by the minutes plan?

Thanks for any and all responses.


blu.....
 

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It's GSM coverage so your CDMA phone won't work.

It appears that Verizon's international GSM program does not extend to Iraq
(at least according to the VZW website).

You can check Iraq provider information at:

http://www.cellular-news.com/coverage/iraq.shtml

Good luck!



"blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
>
> Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
> answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
> existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
> phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
> still local or on some by the minutes plan?
>
> Thanks for any and all responses.
>
>
> blu.....
>
 

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On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
wrote:

>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
>still local or on some by the minutes plan?

If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an absolute
no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
(exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM @
1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
"feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate would
be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
*very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
country that may be an undertaking.
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blu

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Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
and see what is available when they get over there.

blu.....

Joseph wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
> wrote:
>
>
>>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
>>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
>>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
>>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
>>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
>
>
> If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an absolute
> no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
> (exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
> you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
> travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
> compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM @
> 1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
> "feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate would
> be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
> *very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
> unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
> that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
> country that may be an undertaking.
> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>
 
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Hi Blu,

If they are going to be in the Green zone in Bagdad then they may be able to
requisition a Verizon CDMA phone which will come equipped with a Westchester
County 914 area code phone number. Calls back to the USA will not require
intenational dialling; just the area code and number they want to connect
to. And on caller ID here in the USA it will show up the same as any other
call from a 914 number

If they are anywhere else outside the Green Zone then the other posters have
already answered your questions.

Good luck and stay safe !

Richard Gordon


"blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
news:OyS0d.1713$IO5.1051@trndny04...
> Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
> and see what is available when they get over there.
>
> blu.....
>
> Joseph wrote:
> > On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> >>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
> >>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
> >>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
> >>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
> >>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
> >
> >
> > If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an absolute
> > no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
> > (exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
> > you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
> > travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
> > compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM @
> > 1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
> > "feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate would
> > be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
> > *very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
> > unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
> > that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
> > country that may be an undertaking.
> > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
>
 

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Thanks, I have checked and she will be in the so called Green zone in
Baghdad. I will check on how to get ahold of this phone or if she can
use her existing CDMA phone (LG4400) and just have the number changed
to a 914 area code.

Thanks for this great piece of information.

blu.....

RICHARD GORDON wrote:
> Hi Blu,
>
> If they are going to be in the Green zone in Bagdad then they may be able to
> requisition a Verizon CDMA phone which will come equipped with a Westchester
> County 914 area code phone number. Calls back to the USA will not require
> intenational dialling; just the area code and number they want to connect
> to. And on caller ID here in the USA it will show up the same as any other
> call from a 914 number
>
> If they are anywhere else outside the Green Zone then the other posters have
> already answered your questions.
>
> Good luck and stay safe !
>
> Richard Gordon
>
>
> "blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
> news:OyS0d.1713$IO5.1051@trndny04...
>
>>Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
>>and see what is available when they get over there.
>>
>>blu.....
>>
>>Joseph wrote:
>>
>>>On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
>>>wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
>>>>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
>>>>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
>>>>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
>>>>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
>>>
>>>
>>>If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an absolute
>>>no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
>>>(exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
>>>you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
>>>travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
>>>compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM @
>>>1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
>>>"feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate would
>>>be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
>>>*very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
>>>unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
>>>that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
>>>country that may be an undertaking.
>>>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>>>
>>
>
>
 
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Is there a CDMA network in Iraq? It sounds like they have put in a roamer
network in Baghdad and I'm curious.

Stu

"blu" <blumagic@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:s8P1d.3995$_53.1013@trndny02...
> Thanks, I have checked and she will be in the so called Green zone in
> Baghdad. I will check on how to get ahold of this phone or if she can
> use her existing CDMA phone (LG4400) and just have the number changed
> to a 914 area code.
>
> Thanks for this great piece of information.
>
> blu.....
>
> RICHARD GORDON wrote:
> > Hi Blu,
> >
> > If they are going to be in the Green zone in Bagdad then they may be
able to
> > requisition a Verizon CDMA phone which will come equipped with a
Westchester
> > County 914 area code phone number. Calls back to the USA will not
require
> > intenational dialling; just the area code and number they want to
connect
> > to. And on caller ID here in the USA it will show up the same as any
other
> > call from a 914 number
> >
> > If they are anywhere else outside the Green Zone then the other posters
have
> > already answered your questions.
> >
> > Good luck and stay safe !
> >
> > Richard Gordon
> >
> >
> > "blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
> > news:OyS0d.1713$IO5.1051@trndny04...
> >
> >>Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
> >>and see what is available when they get over there.
> >>
> >>blu.....
> >>
> >>Joseph wrote:
> >>
> >>>On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
> >>>wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting different
> >>>>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
> >>>>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a global
> >>>>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the call
> >>>>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an absolute
> >>>no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
> >>>(exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
> >>>you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
> >>>travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
> >>>compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM @
> >>>1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
> >>>"feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate would
> >>>be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
> >>>*very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
> >>>unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
> >>>that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
> >>>country that may be an undertaking.
> >>>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >>>
> >>
> >
> >
>
 
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On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 02:53:42 GMT, "Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na>
wrote:

>Is there a CDMA network in Iraq? It sounds like they have put in a roamer
>network in Baghdad and I'm curious.
>
>Stu
>

I was under the impression that the network is GSM, but they have have
overlaid it with CDMA. Does anyone know for sure?

Dave
 
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Hi Stuart,

I don't know the details of exactly what they put in the Green Zone but by a
couple of weeks after the first US ciivillians went into Bagdad more than a
year ago there was a small localized CDMA network up and running in the
former Presidential palace, the courtyard where the civillians and some of
the military were camped in trailers and out as far as the inner
checkpoints.

Verizon was handling the phones and the NPA-NNX numbering and I believe that
MCI was running the link back to the US.

The calls showed up here as coming from 914 land and when I needed to reach
them there I only had to dial the 914 number, no international prefix
required. The folks I know who were over there said that the phones were
Motorolas

Most of the folks I had contact with are now out of Bagdad working from
either Amman or Washington for the last couple of months so I'm not sure if
any of this has changed.

Richard


"Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na> wrote in message
news:Ww63d.6212$n16.2670@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> Is there a CDMA network in Iraq? It sounds like they have put in a roamer
> network in Baghdad and I'm curious.
>
> Stu
>
> "blu" <blumagic@verizon.net> wrote in message
> news:s8P1d.3995$_53.1013@trndny02...
> > Thanks, I have checked and she will be in the so called Green zone in
> > Baghdad. I will check on how to get ahold of this phone or if she can
> > use her existing CDMA phone (LG4400) and just have the number changed
> > to a 914 area code.
> >
> > Thanks for this great piece of information.
> >
> > blu.....
> >
> > RICHARD GORDON wrote:
> > > Hi Blu,
> > >
> > > If they are going to be in the Green zone in Bagdad then they may be
> able to
> > > requisition a Verizon CDMA phone which will come equipped with a
> Westchester
> > > County 914 area code phone number. Calls back to the USA will not
> require
> > > intenational dialling; just the area code and number they want to
> connect
> > > to. And on caller ID here in the USA it will show up the same as any
> other
> > > call from a 914 number
> > >
> > > If they are anywhere else outside the Green Zone then the other
posters
> have
> > > already answered your questions.
> > >
> > > Good luck and stay safe !
> > >
> > > Richard Gordon
> > >
> > >
> > > "blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
> > > news:OyS0d.1713$IO5.1051@trndny04...
> > >
> > >>Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
> > >>and see what is available when they get over there.
> > >>
> > >>blu.....
> > >>
> > >>Joseph wrote:
> > >>
> > >>>On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
> > >>>wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting
different
> > >>>>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
> > >>>>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a
global
> > >>>>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the
call
> > >>>>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an
absolute
> > >>>no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
> > >>>(exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
> > >>>you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
> > >>>travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
> > >>>compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or GSM
@
> > >>>1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
> > >>>"feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate
would
> > >>>be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
> > >>>*very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
> > >>>unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
> > >>>that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty unstable
> > >>>country that may be an undertaking.
> > >>>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>
 
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Interesting. The US Army is generally using GSM on its bases such as Gitmo.
I'm not sure why they chose CDMA, but if their calling plan makes Iraq part
of their National Network, great.

If I were working in that part of the world, I think I'd get a cheap
900/1800 mhz GSM phone and a roaming SIM as a backup. Once you are out of
the Green Zone, you've got thousand's of miles before the next CDMA signal.
I think the closest CDMA provider is India.

Mobal has interesting offering for $50:

http://www.mobalrental.com/gsm/handsets.asp



Stu
"Richard Gordon" <richard_r_gordon@msn.com> wrote in message
news:10kr0fdq9k7ap1d@news.supernews.com...
> Hi Stuart,
>
> I don't know the details of exactly what they put in the Green Zone but by
a
> couple of weeks after the first US ciivillians went into Bagdad more than
a
> year ago there was a small localized CDMA network up and running in the
> former Presidential palace, the courtyard where the civillians and some of
> the military were camped in trailers and out as far as the inner
> checkpoints.
>
> Verizon was handling the phones and the NPA-NNX numbering and I believe
that
> MCI was running the link back to the US.
>
> The calls showed up here as coming from 914 land and when I needed to
reach
> them there I only had to dial the 914 number, no international prefix
> required. The folks I know who were over there said that the phones were
> Motorolas
>
> Most of the folks I had contact with are now out of Bagdad working from
> either Amman or Washington for the last couple of months so I'm not sure
if
> any of this has changed.
>
> Richard
>
>
> "Stuart Friedman" <stu@nospam.na> wrote in message
> news:Ww63d.6212$n16.2670@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
> > Is there a CDMA network in Iraq? It sounds like they have put in a
roamer
> > network in Baghdad and I'm curious.
> >
> > Stu
> >
> > "blu" <blumagic@verizon.net> wrote in message
> > news:s8P1d.3995$_53.1013@trndny02...
> > > Thanks, I have checked and she will be in the so called Green zone in
> > > Baghdad. I will check on how to get ahold of this phone or if she can
> > > use her existing CDMA phone (LG4400) and just have the number changed
> > > to a 914 area code.
> > >
> > > Thanks for this great piece of information.
> > >
> > > blu.....
> > >
> > > RICHARD GORDON wrote:
> > > > Hi Blu,
> > > >
> > > > If they are going to be in the Green zone in Bagdad then they may be
> > able to
> > > > requisition a Verizon CDMA phone which will come equipped with a
> > Westchester
> > > > County 914 area code phone number. Calls back to the USA will not
> > require
> > > > intenational dialling; just the area code and number they want to
> > connect
> > > > to. And on caller ID here in the USA it will show up the same as any
> > other
> > > > call from a 914 number
> > > >
> > > > If they are anywhere else outside the Green Zone then the other
> posters
> > have
> > > > already answered your questions.
> > > >
> > > > Good luck and stay safe !
> > > >
> > > > Richard Gordon
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > "blu" <blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net> wrote in message
> > > > news:OyS0d.1713$IO5.1051@trndny04...
> > > >
> > > >>Thanks for the replies, still checking and family might wait
> > > >>and see what is available when they get over there.
> > > >>
> > > >>blu.....
> > > >>
> > > >>Joseph wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >>>On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:19:36 GMT, blu
<blumagic66@NOSPAMnetscape.net>
> > > >>>wrote:
> > > >>>
> > > >>>
> > > >>>
> > > >>>>Family is being assigned overseas, Iraq to be exact. Getting
> different
> > > >>>>answers everytime I call Verizonwireless. Can they still use their
> > > >>>>existing phone LG440 and make local calls home? Do they need a
> global
> > > >>>>phone,such as new Samsung? Even using the new global phone is the
> call
> > > >>>>still local or on some by the minutes plan?
> > > >>>
> > > >>>
> > > >>>If they want to use the LG440 and make calls the answer is an
> absolute
> > > >>>no. Iraq uses GSM so unless you have a dual mode CDMA/GSM phone
> > > >>>(exists but not very common) you will not be able to. That said if
> > > >>>you want to use your Verizon service they do have an international
> > > >>>travelers' service where they'll give you a SIM card to use in a
> > > >>>compatible GSM phone (has to be able to use GSM @ 900 Mhz and or
GSM
> @
> > > >>>1800 Mhz. Not cheap by any means as they charge you a monthly
> > > >>>"feature" charge (around $8 IIRC) plus whatever the roaming rate
> would
> > > >>>be in Iraq which it being not a western European country is likely
> > > >>>*very* pricey. A better alternative (if it exists) is to get an
> > > >>>unlocked GSM 900/1800 phone and get a local prepaid card service if
> > > >>>that is available. Considering that Iraq is still a pretty
unstable
> > > >>>country that may be an undertaking.
> > > >>>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> > > >>>
> > > >>
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
 
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