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#116181 21-Apr-2013 08:05
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I am about to buy a new phone and want to make sure it will be compatible with Telecoms 4G network when it launches.
My understanding is that they will launch initially in the cities using the 1800 mhz band, and then after the digital dividend auction at the end of the year deploy in other areas using 700mhz?
The problem is I haven't seen any handsets that seem to offer both these 4G frequencies.
I am particularly interested in getting an HTC one.
Any thoughts on this?

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Ultimate Geek

  #802964 21-Apr-2013 08:33
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I think you will struggle. I don't think that there are any phones that support lte on the apac 700 band yet.


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  #802967 21-Apr-2013 08:42
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wongtop: I think you will struggle. I don't think that there are any phones that support lte on the apac 700 band yet.

Yeah I was beginning to think this. The only LTE phones that appear to have 700mhz are for US networks, which I understand operate a different bandplan so wont work here either.
I think the SG4 LTE version  which TNZ are offering on their website is 1800Mhz LTE only, so I guess it wont work when they eventually deploy in rural areas.

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Uber Geek

  #802977 21-Apr-2013 09:45
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Didn't JohnR mention that the 1800mhz being used in a previous thread?

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  #802988 21-Apr-2013 10:46
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Current trials are 1800 and 2600 with the live network being 1800 and ultimately 700. Vodafone and (one would presume 2d should they bid for spectrum) will be using the same frequencies.

There isn't a single commercially available device in the world right now that uses the APAC 700 band because there are no live commercial networks. There is talk right now of devices hitting the market by mid to late 2014.

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  #803009 21-Apr-2013 11:50
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As above no 700Mhz APAC devices are in the market

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