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Master Geek

#116768 9-May-2013 11:59
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So I've googled as much as I can, and searched Geekzone for "shopamerica". Only one post in the main HTC sticky regarding purchasing the unit from 



64GB Developer's unit

The one post in the sticky starts a very short discussion on support of LTE in NZ. But no one seems to know for sure and that point is now buried about half way inside a 50 odd pages thread.

My understanding of the way bands work is pretty limited, but from what I can tell, both units above will work on VF on the 1800 band. But there were also comments on VF bidding for the 700 band?

Has anyone purchased one of these units and using it in NZ on Voda's 4G? Anyone with just decent knowledge of how all this works can explain why it would or wouldn't work?

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Uber Geek


  #814433 9-May-2013 12:01
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4G won't work in NZ. I can't explain why but that's what I have heard.


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Master Geek

  #814499 9-May-2013 13:41
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Hmm. Both units linked above state:

- HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

The only spec on Vodafone's site is
GSM Band 850/900/1900/2100

So the us version is missing the 2100 GSM spectrum, however it is included under HSPA. Not sure what this means.

As for LTE. Our band is 1800 unless I'm mistaken. And that is not supported under HTC's LTE specification.

So maybe that's why.

Anyone got a unit from Vodafone with a full spec like the one listed on HTC's site?


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  #814633 9-May-2013 16:27
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As for LTE. Our band is 1800 unless I'm mistaken. And that is not supported under HTC's LTE specification.

1800 will be the initial band deployed by all carriers. Telecom will do some 2600 as well.
This device does not support 1800 FDD LTE, as it's a USA variant. You need the variant sold by vodafone/telecom or most parts of europe.
In fact this device doesn't even support 900mhz 3G so will get poor 3G signal on vodafone and no 3G outside of main cities/towns. It will work fine on telecom 3g everywhere though.

The USA 700mhz is a different band to what we'll have in a few years in NZ too. We'll be using 700mhz APAC band which no one has handsets or a network for yet.

LTE is a bit of a mess. See here:

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Master Geek

  #815970 11-May-2013 22:30
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Awesome post eXDee

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