Buying a New Cell Phone in Pattaya, Thailand
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 3, 2012 8:24 PM Last Post By: tevyvan
Nov 24, 2012 6:07 PM
So, I thought about what I want my new phone to do; and perhaps you can suggest something suitable for me. Most phones these days probably have all the features I'm thinking of, anyway. Thanks, people!
1. Brand- I don't need a 'show-off' brand, just one that is good quality. I'm in Pattaya, BTW. I wouldn't mind buying a Thai brand if it's good. But it doesn't have to be Thai. Just good quality.
2. Take photos- 6 MP minimum, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. And video, up to 25 MB.
3. Bluetooth enabled- so I can send and receive photos from my Netbook.
4. Voice Recorder
5. 'Sketch' Memo capability- so I can jot things down instead of forgetting them.
6. Time and Date display and ability to adjust those- I travel different time zones.
8. GPRS/EDGE Network connections- I'm not sure what that means exactly, but I think I'll need these connections to make international calls, which is what I want.
10. Battery Power Level indicator
12. Ability to edit ringtone.
13. A user manual, if phones come with those anymore! I find them useful in figuring out how to use the phone!
14. Countdown timer
16. Video- up to 25 MB.
17. If email's standard, I'll take it. If not, I don't care, I've got my Netbook.
My old phone got thoroughly soaked in water; that's why it doesn't work anymore. I'm wondering about the SIM card that was in it. Do you know if it will be useless now, too, or if it's a bad idea to put it in my new phone to see if it works? Is there anything I can do with it?
In Thailand, I was using 1-2 Call.
Is that the best telecom operator in Thailand, or would I be better off getting a new SIM card from another company?
Many thanks for reading!! Suggestions will be gratefully received!!
p.s. I talked about phones to a local (Thai) woman a few months back, she said there's a place at Central that offers straight-up deals, maybe she even said 'fixed price,' I don't remember exactly, but she thought they'd be more honest with tourists than Tukcom. She's out of town now...
Does anybody know about this? The thing she didn't mention was what floor they're on....
Nov 25, 2012 1:12 PM
1This is quite highly regarded in the geek world, about $300US at least RRP I understand. The operating system will allow you points 4 - 17 (downloadable apps). It has a 8MP camera. 1080 video recording. Bluetoooth as well as
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
NFC (Android Beam)
GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
Androids can even give you a breakdown on the battery consumption down to individual applications if you want that.
Do you want offline GPS? AFAIK most phones don't offer this as they rely on Google Maps which needs a 3G data connection that you pay for off your simcard. You can get 3rd party apps for them or the few that might be available but quality may be sketchy or you might even need to compile them.
Edited by: Rayonline
Nov 26, 2012 12:57 PM
28 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Dec 3, 2012 8:24 PM
3Another option - cheap phone and separate camera.
I have used regular old basic Nokias for years in Thailand. Just for talking and messaging. For photos i use a separate camera when necessary. Nokia will run around 800 - 1000 baht. My Nokia has an alarm, clock, calculator and a few other things. The basic Nokia has been very durable, battery lasts for years, you can check the battery charge, etc. I have dropped it, banged it and it still keeps on working.
Camera up to you, I have a small Olympus that has been reliable for years. Use a CD card in the camera and transfer photos to your laptop.
Even my cheap digital watch has alarms, timers, time zones, count down and 24 hour time option.
In Pattaya you can visit TukCom where they have several floors of electronic gizmos. (Located not far from Friendship Supermarket, near the end of Soi Buakhao.) Several camera shops and cell phone stores located in the new Central Festival Mall on Sai Song.
Up to you.
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