I am hoping to be able to buy a prepaid SIM Card in Russia when travelling there, and use it for data/internet access with my current phone. Is that possible with the HTC Desire C Android phone (currently on a monthly plan from FIDO in Canada)?

  • Do you have an unlocked phone? Jul 28, 2014 at 6:46

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Provided your phone is SIM-unlocked, you should get both GSM/2G and 3G service in Russia. Fido will unlock your phone for $50, or you may be able to find unsupported hacks on the Internet if you're willing to risk bricking the phone...

This phone has all four world GSM bands, so it can be used for 2G almost anywhere, and 900 and 2100 MHz 3G bands. Russia uses the 2100 MHz 3G band, so is compatible with the device.

  • I'm not too sure if unlocking your phone without permission from your carrier is completely legal. Jul 28, 2014 at 15:00
  • @AdityaSomani It may void the warranty, but as far as I know it is not illegal to do so in any country. It may be illegal to export unlocked phones in bulk for resale, though. Jul 28, 2014 at 15:03

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