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TorontoColin 2010-07-28 12:25 PM

Technically it should be fine, as long as it's unlocked and not a former corporate Blackberry with special restrictions on it.

Moose57 2010-07-28 12:35 PM

I'm using a Rogers BB 9000 Bold 1 on TELUS just fine after it was unlocked.
TELUS only sells the 9700 Bold II, so I would think you should have no problems.

azerty 2010-07-28 02:20 PM

ok so its a former bell bb bold 9700 so i dont think bell has any former corpo restrictions on it... did anybody doo it yet?

bhearsum 2010-10-07 06:13 PM

Can anyone help me decipher whether or not the Motorola Milestone 2 would work on Telus? Motorola's specs ( say WCDMA 900/2100, HSDPA, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900. I see that UMTS/HSPA 850/1900 is required -- but I see those frequencies listed in GSM/EDGE, so I'm not 100% sure.

BGY11 2010-10-08 02:48 PM

That phone will not work (post #8 has an image that shows this). The phone will work in EDGE mode (not 3G) on Rogers/Fido, but that's it.

In general, phones from overseas will not work on Bell or Telus since they don't usually support the correct 3G frequencies.

bhearsum 2010-10-08 02:52 PM

Thanks for the reply and clarification!

milkster 2010-12-21 09:21 AM

I'm also looking for some clarification on a phone.

I have a friend that has a phone from France. The phone is a Samsung GT-S5620 and its branded with "Orange" which is the telecom company there.

From what I can find on the samsung website this phone supports:
Bandes GSM&EDGE Quadri-Band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)

There is also this link to the Orange website with the details about the phone. It looks like they call it the Samsung Player Star 2 They have a check mark besides 3G but don't list the frequency.....

Am I correct in saying that this phone will not work on Bell/Telus.

If not, can you recommend an Android phone that will work both on the Bell/Telus network and on the Orange network in France.

TorontoColin 2010-12-21 09:59 AM

That phone will not work on Bell or Telus, unless it has HSPA 850/1900, though you could use it on 2G GSM/EDGE with Rogers/Fido/Chatr.

I'm not familiar with Orange's phones, but what you need is a phone that supports HSPA 850/1900. You might have more luck finding a North American phone that supports Orange's frequencies. As far as I can tell, they use 900/1800 for GSM/EDGE but just 2100 for HSPA. If that's true, most North American Android phones will work on their network, once unlocked.

Look for a phone that supports Bell, Telus, Rogers, or AT&T. You may find conflicting information on which North American phones have the 2100 band, as many North American providers don't list 2100 as they don't support it. Try and find a third party source to check. What you want is HSPA 850/1900/2100.

Edit: That's also not an Android phone, if that's what you're looking for.

milkster 2011-01-14 09:45 AM

Thanks for the reply, i know its been a while since the last reply but i'm again revisiting the issue.

If I were to buy the Samsung Glaxy S Vibrant from BELL, will it work in France on their high speed network? On Bells website the specs for the phone say that it supports the following bands: UMTS/HSPA 850/1900 and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

I understand that in Europe they use GSM 900/1800 and 2100 for 3G? is that correct? If so, will the above phone get Internet access in France once I unlock the phone and put in a sim-card from a French carrier?

BGY11 2011-01-14 07:41 PM

You won't have access to a 3G network, since the Bell phone doesn't support the 2100MHz UMTS frequency. If you unlocked it and put in a French-carrier SIM card, it will use EDGE only.

milkster 2011-01-17 10:02 AM

How is EDGE speed - I'm assuming its kinda slow? Is it enough for checking email and light app use - such as Google latitude and Google maps with GPS?

It looks like Bell doesn't sell any Android phones that has the UMTS 2100 frequency. The only phones that do are the iPhone and some Blackberrys.

I guess if I want 3G in France and still be able to use Bell network when in Toronto then I need to buy a unlocked Quadband phone? Or buy a quadband android phone from one of the other carriers and get it unlocked.

TorontoColin 2011-01-17 10:39 AM

Bell may just not be listing the 2100 frequency, as it isn't used in North America. EDGE would be fine for email, slow for Google Maps/Latitude. Browsing mobile sites is usually fine, full sites are really slow.

NQUIRY 2011-04-10 11:23 PM

i got a situation , i am currently on a telus network, my phone died on me and i am thinking of buying the new samsung wave gts8500 but the carrier is bell ,i understand that the phone specs should be compatible with telus however on telus site, it says that it is not

how could this be, if the phone specs are supported by telus?

Supported 2G Modes/Bands : GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
Supported 3G Modes/Bands : HSPA 850/1900 MHz

TorontoColin 2011-04-10 11:47 PM

It'll work, but you'll need to get it unlocked first.

NQUIRY 2011-04-11 12:06 AM

Thanks for the reply ,

but is it 100% sure that it'll work when i unlock it or is there a possibility that it wont work, how unlikely will it not work on the telus network?
I am asking this, because on Telus site, it says that the device is not compatible to its network.
plus the phone is 300 +tax so i dont want spend that amount on something that wont work


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