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2016-10-18 12:21 PM
alebowgm Per Wikipedia, Bell/Telus has 3G/HPSA frequencies on 850 and 1900 and 4G/LTE frequencies on 700, 850 (BC only), 1700, 1900, 2100 and 2600.

Per your specs, the Liquid has 2100 and 2600 connectivity, so you will get full 3G coverage and partial 4G/LTE coverage.
2016-10-17 07:40 PM
BGY11 For 3G service, yes. For LTE, maybe (I'll admit even I get confused by all the different LTE bands).

Also, please don't type in all caps - it comes across as shouting

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2016-10-17 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by charlan View Post
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.
ACER Liquid Z630s 32 GB Black 4G

850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G/WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 2100
4G/LTE 800, 1800, 2100, 2600

2015-06-25 01:19 PM
EduarM Thank you very much for the information BGY11 I will take it into consideration for sure, the Moto does look like a good option.
2015-06-25 07:59 AM
BGY11 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.
2015-06-24 05:44 PM
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 inquired further because looking at the specs of these phone and then looking at the bell support page here: Will my mobile phone or smartphone work on the Bell network?

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.

Thank you.
2014-11-12 08:21 PM
BGY11 Yup! OnePlus One will work on Bell, Rogers, Telus, and even Wind & Mobilicity
2014-11-12 08:14 PM
creepwalker Just for those wondering about the 1plusOne. i was luck enough to get an invite this weekend and phone arrived today. works like a charm.... which is a shame as i just got a Note 4 and i love it more.
2014-10-06 05:14 PM
superhq Thanks yyzlhr, i will be ordering it then.
2014-10-06 03:44 PM
yyzlhr It will work based on those specs
2014-10-06 01:20 PM
superhq 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
, 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.
2014-02-18 02:31 PM
Snowy2 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".

2014-02-18 02:38 AM
BGY11 The phone you are considering should work fine on Virgin Mobile Canada, since it supports both the 850MHz & 1900MHz HSPA bands. While their old network was CDMA based, they're now using HSPA (which is why your old phone worked as well).

As for those who claim it only works on Rogers, that does not make any sense unless they are in an area where Bell/Telus don't have HSPA service. For HSPA service, Rogers uses the same 850/1900MHz frequencies as Bell & Telus do, so as long as you are using the right APN and make sure the phone is set to "3G" it should work fine.

UPDATE: OK, I've seen this comment for other Blu phones as well, and I'm starting to wonder if it is indeed something with the baseband (radio) software they're using. I'm going out on a limb here, but the only thing I can think of is that it has an issue with Telus/Bell not actually having any 2G (GPRS/EDGE) support. Maybe see if you can contact Blu themselves first to see what they have to say on the matter.
2014-02-18 01:45 AM
yyzlhr You need a phone that supports HSPA 1900/850.

Your current phone works because the majority of HSPA towers on virgin operate in the 850 frequency.
2014-02-17 10:48 PM
Snowy2 Hi I joined this forum because I'm having real difficulty finding out what I need to know in order to buy a dual sim phone which will work with a UK and Canadian SIM card. My daughter and I each use one at the moment: A Star W007 which is quad band and HSPDA 850/2100. We each have a Virgin Mobile Canada SIM (Bell) and a Virgin Mobile UK SIM (T-Mobile). We've never been able to send MMS messages although the phones/SIMs have worked for texting/calls (not international calls) etc. We need to buy new dual Sim phones now as my daughter's is almost finished from overuse. I looked at the BLU Life One and I think it would be okay (it has these specs):

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

but I sometimes see that people say they can't use BLU with Virgin Canada due to CDMA or is it a problem with BLU? I also wondered about the BLU Studio 5.0 which is cheaper.

What type of phones would be good? So long as the 3G frequency is given (is that 850 / 1900 in Canada and 2100 in the UK) am I good to go?? Don't want to make a mistake and spend $$hundreds and find the phones don't work, especially if I have to get them from, say, the US ...

I suppose I'd like to know why the Star W007 did work here in Canada (3G 850??) but if getting a phone with all three 3G frequencies 850 /1900 /2100 would do the trick.

Thank you very much if someone can answer this. I've telephoned and emailed phone sellers and networks and everyone gives conflicting answers.

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