What is a Quad Band Phone?
A quad band phone is a cell phone that can operate on the four major GSM frequencies used by service providers around the world. Beneficial for travelers, a quad band phone can be used even when the user is outside of his service provider’s area.
There are many types of quad band phones, ranging from basic phones to high-end Android Phones. But all of them have one thing in common; they can all access the four major GSM frequencies used worldwide, 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz. In North and South America, 850MHz and 1900MHz are most commonly used and in other parts of the world such as Europe and Asia, 900MHz and 1800MHz are used. A quad band phone can potentially function on all of these bands.
A quad band phone has the advantage over dual band and tri band phones since it can operate on all four bands and not just on two or three bands, this as long as the cell phone service provider has an agreement with the network owner of the other networks.
Most quad band phones will automatically switch frequency bands and connect to the closest GSM network but quad band phone users should consult their cell phone provider before traveling abroad to ensure that their phone will function on the network of the country of destination.
Some features such as 3G and 4G internet might not work on a different network when abroad and additional fees and cost might be charged by your provider for roaming. Check with your provider if there are any discounted travel packages available or turn of roaming in Android to make sure no additional costs are charged.
In order to being able to receive all four bands, a quad band phone has more powerful internal hardware and a better antenna than most other phones on the market. Many quad band phones offer internet options, fast downloading abilities, large address book storage options and Bluetooth capabilities. Add this to the reliable calling network available worldwide and quad band phones stand out as one of the best options for mobile phone users who frequently travel.