Wholesale GSM Phones

When it comes to today's mobile phone technologies there are two basic connectivity standards being used and GSM or Global System for Mobile communications is one of them. Known for its reliable new technology and wider international roaming capabilities than the other U.S. network technologies it has garnered the moniker as the world phone network. GSM is also one of the fastest growing technologies in the cell phone marketplace today. According to the GSM Association (GSMA), which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, it's approximated that 80% of the world uses GSM technology when placing their wireless calls.

GSM provides standard features like phone call encryption, data networking, caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting, SMS, and conferencing. Along with a major advantage, at least from an end-user perspective, of GSM is the ability to easily swap devices, thanks to the SIM card. By purchasing wholesale GSM cell phones it will help give a broad range of choices to help meet the end-user's mobile communication needs.

Here are a few reminders to remember when purchasing wholesale GSM cell phones to meet the needs of your customers.

  • 900MHz and 1800MHz are used in most parts of the world such as Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia (not including Japan and South Korea where GSM has never been introduced) and Oceania.

  • 850Mhz and 1900MHz are used in most of North, South and Central America. In North America GSM operates primarily on 850MHz and 1900MHz, while in Canada 1900MHz is the primary band used in urban areas with 850MHz as backup and also 850MHz being the primary band used in rural areas.
With some countries in Central and South America allocating spectrum in all four frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900MHz what ends up happening is a mixture of usage in the Americas that requires travelers to confirm that the devices they have are compatible with the bands of the network at their final destination. The best way to get around this guessing game and avoid these problems is through the use of multiband (tri-band, or especially quad-band) devices.