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How do I find out what mobile phone frequencies an iPhone supports? My wife has an old Australian 3G iPhone and we want to use it on a trip to the US, but we're not sure what mobile phone frequencies it supports and that may affect whether or not we can use it over there.

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See iPhone 3GS - Technical Specifications:

Cellular and wireless

  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology

From Wikipedia:

In North America, GSM operates on the primary mobile communication bands 850 MHz and 1,900 MHz. In Canada, GSM-1900 is the primary band used in urban areas with 850 as a backup, and GSM-850 being the primary rural band. In the United States, regulatory requirements determine which area can use which band.

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