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: Hello, I'm from Europe and wanna know if my cell phone will work in Canada properly - I mean calls and sending texts. I know the frequency is different in Europe and in North America. The phone is:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray st18, baseband version 8x55A-AAABQOAZM-203028G-72. Can provide any further info if needed.

Alright, thank you very much. I meant as I'd buy local SIM card to avoid roaming, of course. My phone is not locked for one carrier.

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: Yes. Most European cell phones are able to connect to North American cell phone providers. Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray st18 supports GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and 850/ 1900 MHz UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+. Almost all Canadian carriers support these. Various Canadian companies carry the Ericson.

However... it is insanely expensive. You pay roaming fees both to the Canadian provider and to your provider. This can be several Euros per minute or kB. You can often purchase international calling plans from your service provider which will give you X minutes of free international calling or at least limit the cost to 0.05 to 0.10c per minute.

In general, I would recommend just not using your phone's cell features. Put it in airplane mode. Canada has a lot of free WiFi places -- malls, hotels, coffee shops, many civic buildings, and most private homes have WiFi. Turn on the WiFi and use this for emails, web browsing, Skye, etc.
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: Yes, if you are going to be with same network you may face roaming charges. If you want to change to a local network then your phone should not be unlocked to any network.If it is then you need to unlock it. To unlock, I suggest you can approach and specify the country,locked network of Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.Based on the availability you can get the permanent unlock service and for free unlock instructions visit
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