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Topic # 121063 23-Jun-2013 09:49
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Does the Telecom Y300 (New Zealand) work on a 2degrees sim card?

urgently need to know cos i may buy it in an hour or so



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  Reply # 841879 23-Jun-2013 10:04
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You will find out it may have limited coverage as it probably doesn't support 900MHz 3G which is used by 2degrees/Vodafone.

It may work in 2G and some 2100 MHz 3G areas, but there's no guarantee it will work where you need when you need it.




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  Reply # 841909 23-Jun-2013 11:40
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It should work fine. But as freitasm said, cant guarantee.




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  Reply # 842155 24-Jun-2013 07:47
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Will work as well as a iphone 3G/3GS does on vodafone/2degrees.

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  Reply # 843546 24-Jun-2013 19:27
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I'm well and truly late to this party, but the info I've got might be useful for others in the future.

The Telecom Y300 is just a rebranded Huawei Ascend Y300. There are two versions of this phone: one that works on the Telecom 3G frequencies, and one that works on the Vodafone/2degrees 3G frequencies. The Telecom-branded phone will technically work on the Voda/2d networks, but in most areas you'll only get 2G/2.5G (EDGE) data speeds. It's a little better than dial-up speeds, but not by much.

In general, the cheaper phones lack the hardware needed to operate on both the Telecom (850/2100) and Voda/2d (900/2100) 3G networks. It's just one of the sacrifices that are made when building to a price point. The Telecom phones will generally operation on the 900/2100 network, because they fall back to 2G  and almost everything has quad-band 2G these days. But the 900/2100 phones won't work on Telecom, because Telecom don't have a 2G network to fall back to.

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  Reply # 843769 25-Jun-2013 08:08
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here's a thought - ask the retailer...

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  Reply # 843782 25-Jun-2013 08:49
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nzgeek: I'm well and truly late to this party, but the info I've got might be useful for others in the future.

The Telecom Y300 is just a rebranded Huawei Ascend Y300. There are two versions of this phone: one that works on the Telecom 3G frequencies, and one that works on the Vodafone/2degrees 3G frequencies. The Telecom-branded phone will technically work on the Voda/2d networks, but in most areas you'll only get 2G/2.5G (EDGE) data speeds. It's a little better than dial-up speeds, but not by much.

In general, the cheaper phones lack the hardware needed to operate on both the Telecom (850/2100) and Voda/2d (900/2100) 3G networks. It's just one of the sacrifices that are made when building to a price point. The Telecom phones will generally operation on the 900/2100 network, because they fall back to 2G  and almost everything has quad-band 2G these days. But the 900/2100 phones won't work on Telecom, because Telecom don't have a 2G network to fall back to.


You would surprized just how much coverage Vodafone and 2D have in the 2100 band..   I used an X AT&T fone on Vodafone's 2100 band for about a year and got good coverage.  GSM was a different story..




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  Reply # 843785 25-Jun-2013 08:53
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Except that Vodafone is quickly deploying new 900 MHz cellsites and a large portion of its out of town coverage is now 900 MHz, so slowly those 2100 MHz are being squeezed out.




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