Hi many thanks for the replies. This really helps. I think I need 2100 for 3G in the UK but the quad ones will work on GSM there (I think).
Yes, I'm starting to feel wary of BLU just because of all these various comments I've seen. And then the phone may have to be returned as they'll have to be bought online etc. etc. Pity really as these phones look to be good value for money. I did try to contacting BLU via email and they advised contacting the network provider. But when you ring the network, the person you speak does not always have a good understanding either.
I'm starting to wonder about a Motorola XT1033 which seems to have the right specifications and I also spotted an LG Pro Lite ... although I don't think they're as good.
I'll let you know if I find out anymore about the BLU possible "issue".
Sorry for bringing this old post alive, but i had a question about importing a phone from China.
Here is the link to gsmarena with details http://www.gsmarena.com/zte_nubia_z7_mini-6492.php
, if anyone can please let me know if this phone will work with Bell/Virgin. I checked IEMI number with both Bell and Virgin and they both indicated it won't work with their network.
Spoke with customer service with both carriers and they both said it might/will not work.
Currently have iphone4 and need to upgrade and i like the specs/futures of this phone.
Thanks in advance.
Question about compatibility when importing an asian phone
Hello, sorry for bumping the topic but I'm trying to come to a conclusion as to the correct answer to my question. I'm interested in getting an unlocked phone and importing it from abroad I have been trying to figure out if it will work on the Bell network.
I'm currently still using a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I'm on the Bell network, I'm looking to get this new unlocked phone and put my current sim card in it and then use the S2 as a backup.
I searched for some phones and came accross these two:
I emailed the websites support team and they are telling me that there is no phone in China that will work on the Bell network. First they told me "thanks for choosing us ,both items can be used in your country with the 3G except the bell network ,4G can not be used ."
I didn't see any reason it wouldn't work atleast to my understanding. They responded to my follow up with "they means the HSPA withe 4G ,but in china is 3G, there is no phone in china can support those bands .if you need to buy ,please change the SIM card operator "
Is this true? If I purchased one of these phones for it to work I would need to be with a different carrier? Please help if you can. I'm just learning about phone compatibility and the networks and I'm a bit confused now.
While in theory they should work on Bell's 3G (HSPA) network, I've heard reports that some phones like these don't work on Bell for some reason (various BLU phones are a prime example). I can't explain why there are compatibility issues, but it can happen.
That said, you're taking a big gamble with these devices. Don't expect a quality device by any means, and good luck if anything goes wrong! These phones are cheap for a very good reason... Poor displays, slow performance (don't trust benchmarks shown on the site), and questionable specs (2GB RAM / device shows 3GB) are just some of the red flags.
Look at something like the Moto E if you want a fairly good budget Android phone. Even though the screen is smaller, it's almost a guarantee that it would provide a much better (and more reliable) experience.
As for the whole 3G vs 4G stuff, in simplest terms, consider HSPA = 3G, and LTE = 4G. It's not entirely accurate, but for the sake of differentiating these network types, it makes the most sense for this discussion.
I get a signal with both bell and telus sim in my other phone, I also typed in the imei # at telus and bell and it said not recognized, same at bell, telus and bell is the only ones I get a signal from here, I can see their tower from my front window.