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Wannabe Geek

# 161815 20-Jan-2015 20:09
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Hi all,
---sick of carrying 2 phones I bought a dual sim, an Huawei Y600-U20.
It has 2 slot, primary is for WCDMA/GSM and secondary only GSM. So I have Spark on primary and Vodafone on secondary and it works fine in town.
As soon as I leave town (Dunedin) sparks goes down while vodafone works fine. Sparks doesn't come until I get to Timaru.
I tried to force to 3G, turn the vodeafone sim off, swap them but no luck.
As well if I force Sprak into 3G in town it goes down, seems like teh SIM is not able to handle the 3G
The previous phone for Spark was a Samsung I9300 and it seems to have the same specs as the Huawei Y600. It used to work fine in rural area 3G.
I think the Huawei was form 2degrees if it makes any difference.

Any suggestions?

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Uber Geek

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  # 1218560 20-Jan-2015 20:15
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Spark use 3G 850 band which your new phone does not support.

It only works in town because there is 3G 2100 band 'infill' coverage in town. This is not meant for primary use.

Edit: you'll need new phone if you're planning to use Spark.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 1218564 20-Jan-2015 20:23
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Hi there,
---I imagined could have been something like that, perhaps the spes on gsm arena are wrong then.


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  # 1218566 20-Jan-2015 20:30
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The spec on GSM arena is correct.

It states that there are 2 version of the phones. One that support 3G 900/2100 and another version that supports 3G 850/1900/2100.

Since 2Degrees uses band 3G 900/2100, they will be selling the 900/2100 version.

Have a look at the box.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 1218589 20-Jan-2015 20:53
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Thanks, it now make sense.

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