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How to Change Phone Frequency

Not knowing how to change your cell phone's frequency selection could literally leave you stranded should trouble arise when travelling. Different geographical areas might provide cellular coverage, but the frequencies used to do so can differ from those your phone normally uses. Understanding how to change frequencies manually could mean the difference between waiting for roadside assistance or knowing help is on the way.

Press "Menu" on your Motorola phone and select "Settings," "Network Settings," "Network Setup" and "Band." Select the frequency you wish to use. Choices include 900/1800MHz or 850/1900MHz, but you can choose "Automatic" if you are not sure which one to select.

Turn your Nokia phone off and back on if it does not automatically change frequency bands when roaming domestically or abroad. Band selection is completely automatic and cannot otherwise be adjusted.

Turn your Samsung phone off and back on if it does not automatically change frequency bands when roaming domestically or abroad. Band selection is completely automatic and cannot otherwise be adjusted.

Turn your LG phone off and back on if it does not automatically change frequency bands when roaming domestically or abroad. Band selection is completely automatic and cannot otherwise be adjusted.

Tip

While the methodology for switching frequencies is similar for handsets from most manufacturers, your user manual should provide alternative steps if needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone user manual
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Since 1999 Brad Harris has written on a wide array of subjects, ranging from helpful how-to articles about maneuvering through life to sharing war stories from navigating the campaign trail. Harris attended Michigan State University where he majored in political theory and has worked professionally in the telecommunications industry for over five years.