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I'd like to buy a cheap, efficient Spanish smart phone In the US before traveling to Barcelona because I'd like to be able to do some research on phone cost and quality before purchasing. However, I'm unable to find a source that sells Spanish phones rather than just sim cards. For example and a little surprisingly, nothing comes up for me on Amazon. I'd like to avoid walking into the phone store closest to my hotel and buying the first phone that comes to hand. For the moment, I don't need a long-term plan, just a phone for which I can buy a few hours of conversation/texting. (Though if I retire in Spain it might be nice if the phone wasn't just a burner.) I don't need one of those phones that one can use globally. Thanks for any help.


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I think I answered you on the other site.

With the added information there is really no reason to buy in the US. You'll pay more for anything promising to work. You'll have less choice. You won't be able to test it before leaving home.

If you're dead set on buying look for 800/900,1800,2100 and 2600 frequencies. For example

https://amzn.to/2DV0Kkp

That should work. Or

https://amzn.to/36eSvvD

Or any of the others. You'd need a plug adapter for the charger.

But once you find something compare to

https://www.mediamarkt.es/es/categor...es-701189.html

amazon.es

Or the phone companies

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First of all, there is no such thing as a "Spanish" phone. Phones sold in Spain are either EU or global. But I don't know why you're against a global phone. I have always bought global phones here in Spain, and they're no more expensive than EU phones.

Here are numerous versions of unlocked global phones sold on amazon.com. But I have no idea what you consider "cheap". For instance, there is a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, which is an outstanding phone, for $169 dollars. There are cheaper versions with less memory, too. Xiaomi is a Chinese brand which you may not know, but it's the number 4 cell phone brand sold in Europe (after Samsung, Huawei, and Apple).

The type of plan you eventually get for your phone is irrelevant. Any plan will work as long as the phone is unlocked. If all you want is a few hours of talk you should be able to get a plan for as little as 6€/month. BTW, texting is not usually included in Spanish phone plans (except for the most expensive plans) because nobody here texts. What people use is Whatsapp, which runs on wifi/data.
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While they might be minor and of no practical consequence there do nevertheless remain some differences between the frequency bands employed in Europe so while you might be able to label a phone as an EU model it can only mean that it conforms to EU wide standards and protocols, where an individual country has deviated from those norms that's where you'll find phones being advertised as for there.

My Samsung for instance was specifically described as the Spanish version although I have yet to discover exactly where the systems in Spain differ from any other country. I do know that it's worked perfectly wherever I've been with it and that's all that matters.

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First of all, there is no such thing as a "Spanish" phone. Phones sold in Spain are either EU or global. But I don't know why you're against a global phone. I have always bought global phones here in Spain, and they're no more expensive than EU phones.

Here are numerous versions of unlocked global phones sold on amazon.com. But I have no idea what you consider "cheap". For instance, there is a Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, which is an outstanding phone, for $169 dollars. There are cheaper versions with less memory, too. Xiaomi is a Chinese brand which you may not know, but it's the number 4 cell phone brand sold in Europe (after Samsung, Huawei, and Apple).

The type of plan you eventually get for your phone is irrelevant. Any plan will work as long as the phone is unlocked. If all you want is a few hours of talk you should be able to get a plan for as little as 6€/month. BTW, texting is not usually included in Spanish phone plans (except for the most expensive plans) because nobody here texts. What people use is Whatsapp, which runs on wifi/data.
I bought an unlocked Xiaomi for not much over 100€ last year. I love it. It's at least as good as my previous Samsung & I prefer it over the iPhones my daughters use. Even my older daughter who is a massive Apple fan was impressed with it.

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My Samsung for instance was specifically described as the Spanish version although I have yet to discover exactly where the systems in Spain differ from any other country. I do know that it's worked perfectly wherever I've been with it and that's all that matters.
Did you buy it from a carrier?

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After starting this thread last night, I woke this morning to these extraordinarily useful responses. I'm deeply grateful for the Amazon references, the advice on which phones to get, and the explanations of the relationship of Spanish-bought phones to EU and global phones. So, thank you very much for the information. It may or may not be useful explaining that the last time I was in Barcelona I was advised to simply go to the phone store nearest the hotel. After perusing the phones on offer, I managed to buy a one that performed poorly. I was hoping that I might avoid that kind of mistake by either purchasing in advance or at least do some research on which phone I really want. But some of you are way ahead of me, and I thank you. I'll probably end up with one of the models mentioned.
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After starting this thread last night, I woke this morning to these extraordinarily useful responses. I'm deeply grateful for the Amazon references, the advice on which phones to get, and the explanations of the relationship of Spanish-bought phones to EU and global phones. So, thank you very much for the information. It may or may not be useful explaining that the last time I was in Barcelona I was advised to simply go to the phone store nearest the hotel. After perusing the phones on offer, I managed to buy a one that performed poorly. I was hoping that I might avoid that kind of mistake by either purchasing in advance or at least do some research on which phone I really want. But some of you are way ahead of me, and I thank you. I'll probably end up with one of the models mentioned.
A very good site to use for comparing phones is https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3

Just about any modern phone now supports the US frequencies and those in Europe
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Like I tried to state. You can research the models sold by Spanish shops from home. The phone companies have websites. The large electronic shops have websites.

Plus virtually all the major models are sold in both North America and Europe. If you like a certain model at home you can almost certainly find it in Europe

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I bought an unlocked Xiaomi for not much over 100€ last year. I love it. It's at least as good as my previous Samsung & I prefer it over the iPhones my daughters use. Even my older daughter who is a massive Apple fan was impressed with it.
I'm thinking of getting a new phone. Can you recommend any places where they have good discounts or just good prices in general? Is it worth waiting for the sales? (I know, I just missed Black Friday and ciber Monday!)
What about buying second-hand on Wallapop or similar?
If this has been discussed in a recent thread just let me know

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