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Ultimate Geek

# 177694 11-Aug-2015 18:50
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I'm looking at this one, because its price is very attractive (but very open to other suggestions too! So long as they're sub US$200):

2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2600MHz

Would I thus be correct to assume it will work very well in city areas (I live in Auckland), but would end up having rather more spotty reception than usual in rural areas?

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  # 1363102 11-Aug-2015 19:01
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The lack of 900MHz WCDMA means it's useless for Vodafone or 2degrees.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1363120 11-Aug-2015 19:32
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Totally useless, or just is no good outside city centers in more rural areas?


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  # 1363122 11-Aug-2015 19:35
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I think it'd work just fine on Spark being an 850 device, but with no 900, you're basically looking at no coverage outside of super high density zones, like CBDs.

Anything I say is the ramblings of an ill informed, opinionated so-and-so, and not representative of any of my past, present or future employers, and is also probably best disregarded.

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  # 1363124 11-Aug-2015 19:36
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No good either in cities, or outside cities - unless you don't mind being stuck on GSM a lot of the time.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1363164 11-Aug-2015 20:13
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So the Lenovo K3 Note for instance would make far more sense to use with 2degrees?

2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (B8/3/2)
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz (B5/8/2/1)
       TD-SCDMA B34/39
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz (B3/1/7)
       TD-LTE B38/39/40/41

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1363330 12-Aug-2015 03:25
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Well this website is ultra handy:

I can enter in Lenovo K3 Note and see it matches up with 2degrees. yay




Only question remaining... would it be the best choice at this price point for me to get?? 

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  # 1363379 12-Aug-2015 07:41
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I recently bought the Mlais M52 for my daughter - seems like a really solid phone - and looks like a good price ($US130) at that same website. Also has the plus of having both 850 and 900MHz WCDMA bands, along with 1800MHz 4G

Performance is pretty solid, approx the same as a one year old flagship phone. Build quality seems pretty good, although camera is only average.


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  # 1363387 12-Aug-2015 08:09
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I'm using the Ulefone Be Touch 2 on 2 Degrees at the moment.  I've been very happy with it apart from the fingerprint scanner which I have not yet been able to get to work reliably.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1386035 12-Sep-2015 08:31
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graemeh: I'm using the Ulefone Be Touch 2 on 2 Degrees at the moment.  I've been very happy with it apart from the fingerprint scanner which I have not yet been able to get to work reliably.


re 3G - the 2Degreess wiki says its 3G frequencies are:

UMTS-2100 (urban, usually in town centres).


- UMTS-900 (has longer range in rural situations).


Is this this compatible with the following stated 3G WCDMA frequencies for the Ulefone phone as its website says



  • Frequency: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, 3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz 4G:FDD-LTE: 800/1800/2100/2600MHz

Also Graeme - I have been looking at this phone on Chinavasion. 
IS the screen bright enough?


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