Using Your Android Phone on Vacation – Europe Asia USA

It happens all the time, when traveling overseas, and you get a new sim card for your Android from the local carrier and the internet does not work.

After putting in your new SIM card you need to change the network settings on your android phone.

Although the phone detects the 3G or cellular network, in order to get the internet working you will need to enter the local carriers APN information.

Follow these steps to get internet working in a foreign country.

– Press Main
– Select Settings
– Select Wireless and Networks
– Select Mobile Networks
– Select Access point Names
– Press Menu
– Press New APN
– Enter the settings for your Carrier and Country.

Every mobile phone service provider has their own unique setting to put in, it is like a user name and password for their networks internet service.

For example if you are in Israel using Golan Telecom these are the settings you will need to use.

Name: golan telecom
APN: internet.golantelecom.net.il
Proxy:
Port:
Username:
Password:
Server:
MMSC:
MMS Proxy:USA SIM Cards
MMS Port:
MCC: 425
MNC: 08
Authentication Type: None
APN type: default
APN Protocol: IPv4

Check this list for World Wide Mobile Phone Carrier Settings

The list is pretty thorough and have most countries and carriers like TMobile, Verizon, Vodafone, LycaMobile, O2, Orange, India Mobile, Virgin, BT.

If you are traveling to the United States you should probably consider renting a sim card from TelAway, Read More.

HTC Thunderbolt – Nokia N8 Compare

Comparing the HTC Thunderbolt with the Nokia N8

The HTC Thunderbolt runs on CDMA which is primarily used on Verizon networks.

See the phones on Amazon

Here are the full specs, side by side.

HTC Thunderbolt Nokia N8
General 2G Network CDMA 800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network CDMA2000 1xEV-DO HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 700
Announced 2011, January 2010, April
Status Available. Released 2011, March Available. Released 2010, October
Body Dimensions 122 x 66 x 13 mm 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc
Weight 164 g 135 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density) 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches (~210 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
– HTC Sense 2.0 UI
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
– DNSe (Dolby mobile sound enhancement)
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 32GB included, buy memory microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Internal 4 GB storage, 768 MB RAM 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Data GPRS No Class 33
EDGE No Class 33
Speed Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash 12 MP, 4000×3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection 1/1.83” sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p Yes, 720p@25fps (720p@30fps via an update)
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP VGA videocall camera
Features OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) Symbian^3 OS, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon
CPU 1GHz Scorpion 680 MHz ARM 11
GPU Adreno 205 Broadcom BCM2727
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange, Pink, Bronze
– Video Skype & SNS integration – TV-out (720p video) via HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound
– built-in kickstand – Anodized aluminum casing
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic – Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail – MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration – DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player – Voice command/dial
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9/player – Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Organizer – Video/photo editor
– Document viewer – Predictive text input
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
Stand-by Up to 330 h Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 30 min Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)
Music play Up to 50 h

Nokia N8 updates can be found here

HTC Thunderbolt updates can be found here