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# 174987 12-Jun-2015 20:52
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I am in Timaru, which now has Spark 4G coverage, and I have a 4G phone (Huawei Y550), yet wherever I go in Timaru, it never picks up 4G, yet in Ashburton, Christchurch, and Wellington it does.

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  # 1323685 12-Jun-2015 21:05
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From a quick look at the specs of that phone it does Band 3 but not Band 28, which is what Sparks 4G in Timaru is if http://www.sparknz.co.nz/news/4g-timaru/ is to be believed.







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  # 1323696 12-Jun-2015 21:19
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Thanks for your help. Glad I didn't splash out buying the Samsung J1, as that's the other 4G phone Skinny sells which also won't work with the 4G here.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1323714 12-Jun-2015 21:46
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Geese: Thanks for your help. Glad I didn't splash out buying the Samsung J1, as that's the other 4G phone Skinny sells which also won't work with the 4G here.


The Samsung J1 that spark sells does band 28...

https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/mobile/phones/samsung-galaxy-j1-black.html



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  # 1323737 12-Jun-2015 22:30
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andrewcnz: The Samsung J1 that spark sells does band 28...

https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/mobile/phones/samsung-galaxy-j1-black.html


Cool, thanks, I just bought one.

When I made my comment I had just looked up (Skinny's) J1 and what I found said band 1,3,7,8,20, not 28. So better port to Spark now. Might have the bonus of also solving my problems with call volume fading on the Huawei Y550 phones.

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  # 1324145 13-Jun-2015 18:22
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It will work on Skinny (4G Band 28) if it works on Spark. Shouldn't have to port.



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  # 1324155 13-Jun-2015 19:02
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Sparks J1 is locked to spark, skinny's J1 is locked to Skinny. The Skinny one doesn't support band 28. At least the specifications I can find for the 4G model say it doesn't.

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  # 1324206 13-Jun-2015 21:01
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Geese: Sparks J1 is locked to spark, skinny's J1 is locked to Skinny. The Skinny one doesn't support band 28. At least the specifications I can find for the 4G model say it doesn't.


Are you absolutely sure Sparks J1 is locked to Spark? I can't find any reference to that device been locked on Sparks website.
If Skinny's your preferred network you should contact Skinny and ask if the device they sell supports Band 28. I'd be 99.999% sure it does and they have forgotten to write that on the description.

 
 
 
 




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  # 1324285 13-Jun-2015 23:11
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Ok, I now know both spark and skinny J1 operate on band 28. Seems there are several versions of the J1, and although I was reading 4G version specs, it must have been omitted.

However both are locked to their respective networks. Skinny says so on their website, and spark says so on the phone's box which I've seen.

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  # 1327796 19-Jun-2015 12:12
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Did you end up getting a J1? If so is it working all good on Timaru 4G? The Skinny and Spark ones both have the same bands: 700, 1800 and 2600MHz, just locked to their networks



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  # 1328178 20-Jun-2015 06:39
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Yabanize: Did you end up getting a J1? If so is it working all good on Timaru 4G? The Skinny and Spark ones both have the same bands: 700, 1800 and 2600MHz, just locked to their networks


Yes it arrived yesterday. While I've got a sim card in it, it has no credit so I haven't tested data speed, coverage much. However at my friend's house, on the main road, I had 3 (of 4) bars H+ on my skinny phone when this phone had 1 bar 4G. After a while it dropped back to 3 bars H+ also.

The phone is brilliant, I'm very pleased with it. The only 2 things I could knock it back for is that the bottom "buttons" are not backlit, and the screen doesn't have auto brightness (instead it has a tickbox for 15 minutes outside screen brightness boost).

The idea was to port to Spark, and take up the music pack, however I'm a bit reluctant now as there are a few basic things I want to do but seem to be going around in circles on the Spark website trying to find the answer and the frustration is making me want to ditch the phone and buy a Skinny J1 and stick with what I know. One such question is, if I have said music pack, I want it set up so that if the included data runs out, the internet simply stops like with Skinny and Vodafone, but it appears it just helps itself to casual data and sucks all the credit dry at 4G speeds.

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  # 1328181 20-Jun-2015 07:01
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I noticed in Napier the map was showing me coverage that didn't exist for a month or so.

Then one day I woke up and the coverage was there.  So I think some of the maps are a bit early.

I'm talking about Spark's coverage maps, btw, but it's the same maps.

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