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LG Chocolate. I have a question (currently in Korea)

Discussion in 'LG Chocolate' started by FreshKorean, Jul 2, 2006.

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  1. FreshKorean

    FreshKorean New Member

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    Hey guys. I saw the chocolate phone here and I was in love. lol. Im most likely going to buy it, but does it work in america??? I dont understand the process. Im currently a t-mobile user and was wondering how I can make this phone work. thanks guys
     



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  2. Brad729

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    If you're talking about the Korean CDMA version, the answer is No. If you are in fact talking about the GSM version of the Chocolate, the KG800, the answer is still kind of "iffy". What I mean is, the phone is a European/Asian tri-band, meaning it lacks the GSM 850mhz band which is crucial for T-Mobile's roaming network. You will have good T-Mobile coverage since they only use 1900mhz, but if you EVER leave T-Mobile's coverage area, you probably won't have any coverage at all since 850mhz is used so much by other carriers here. Everybody roams from time to time even with good coverage, but instead of roaming you'll probably just go to "no service" during those times. :(

    Also, if you decide to bring the chocolate phone to the states, make sure it isn't locked to a foreign carrier BEFORE you leave the country. :p
     
  3. FreshKorean

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    what subscription do u prefer? singular? sprint? etc. thanks a lot.
     
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    The question is not about carrier, T-Mobile is a great company and I know they have excellent coverage around Jacksonville, just not when you travel out of town. Cingular is a GSM provider that uses mostly 850mhz, so they would be no good to you either way. I like Sprint a lot, but so many people seem to hate them I guess it just depends on where you live.

    Sadly, I'm beating around the bush to tell you, American CDMA providers like Sprint, Verizon, or Alltel refuse to activate a foreign CDMA phone because it won't be fully recognized on their network and therefore will have intermittent problems of not working. Sorry. :(

    It is a nice phone, it just wouldn't work very well in the states. :blush:
     
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    my friend at school showed off her Chocolate phone several weeks ago and it was verizon activated. stupid girl makin me all jealous. That's what made me want it so bad. But i guess we'll all have a shot at getting the chocolate fone now...even though the korean version with the heat/touch activated buttons look a lot snazzier than the ipod wheel thing.
     
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    You're talking about the VX8500, this thread was about the Korean Chocolate (KG800). :D

    LG VX8500 is Verizon’s Chocolate phone (phoneArena)
     
  7. nimx

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    nope. I'm talkin about the original Chocolate phone, the LG800, sometimes branded as Cyon like it was on hers. She got hers from a korean dealer in downtown LA. But it was compatible with Verizon perfectly fine.
     
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    Okay if you say so, but I feel like I've gotta tell you something. Korean CDMA handsets are either 800 MHz (SK Telecom) or 1700 MHz (LGT and KT Freetel). In the United States, our CDMA networks use 800mhz and 1900mhz, and Verizon relies very heavily on the 1900mhz band. So, your friend's phone has been modded to look like a chocolate, but it's not a real chocolate. It's probably a similar LG model's mobo inside the chocolate's faceplates. Outside of Korea, the chocolate phones being sold are GSM so there's no way it's one of those, either. Hope this clears up the confusion. :D
     
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    All i know is that she's got this phone:
    http://image.blog.livedoor.jp/vgs_riki/imgs/0/a/0af7e849.jpg

    not this one:
    http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2006/06/lg_vs8500_chocolate.jpg

    speaking of which, will the vx8500 also have touch/heat activated buttons?

    Anyways, going back...accoridng to your post then, my friend must have a modded k800 then. But in downtown LA, chocolate phones are selling for $150 or $50 with a 2-year subscription with Verizon. Who cares about the innards anyways, a chocolate phones a chocolate phone.
     
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    lol a chocolate phone is not a chocolate phone

    korean cdma phones may look similiar but inside is a totally different story

    such as,

    as u mention the KG800 does have a touch sensitive pad compared to the vx8500's regular buttons

    they r both sliders, same looking interface

    i was quite surprised

    they almost do look the same!

    i guess the kg800 is suppose to state some kind of fashion statement with that kind of name chocolate
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2006

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