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# 155929 13-Nov-2014 13:04
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Why is it that the only place in the country selling the Nokia 830 is Spark only?


Do Microsoft want to sell their phones to as many people as possible or only a select few who would prefer to be on Spark? Maybe Spark bids for the phones so they are the only ones selling them?


I don't know how it really works, but in this day and age, wouldn't it be better for Microsoft to have the devices in as many stores as possible at launch so they are covering the market? You can walk into any tech store and pick up an iPhone 6 or a Galaxy S5 that works on Spark, but if you want to look at or buy an 830 from anywhere else you can't as its Spark stores only.

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  # 1177510 17-Nov-2014 18:51
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Ruphus: Any other source for band 28a or 28b? From the quick research that I've done, band 28 covers the 700mhz spectrum.

APT Band Plan

The APT band plan allows that up to 4 operators could receive wide spectrum blocks (2x 10MHz in this case), or 3 operators getting 2x 15MHz each, or other mixed configurations. On the other hand, in the US, there are only two commercial operators using the band (AT&T and Verizon Wireless), each of them having 2x 10MHz of spectrum.

The APT band plan allows greater national spectrum planning flexibility for governments all over the world, giving the possibility to adjust channel sizes to necessities of particular market and country by allocating blocks ranging from 2x 5MHz up to 2x 20MHz.

United States 2008 Wireless Spectrum Auction:

The auction divided UHF spectrum into 5 blocks:

Block A: 12 MHz bandwidth (698–704 and 728–734 MHz)
Block B: 12 MHz bandwidth (704–710 and 734–740 MHz)
Block C: 22 MHz bandwidth (746–757 and 776–787 MHz)
Block D: 10 MHz bandwidth (758–763 and 788–793 MHz)
Block E: 6 MHz bandwidth (722–728 MHz)

FCC Revised 700 MHz Band Plan (PDF)

700 MHz Ban Plan chart

700 MHz allocation plan in New Zealand (PDF) 

700 MHz slide deck by Ericsson


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