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  # 1393939 24-Sep-2015 21:25
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B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900)
仅在港澳台及国际漫游时支持
3G TD-SCDMA
B34(2010), B39(1880)

I copied this from the Samsung website. http://www.samsung.com/cn/consumer/mobile-phones/smart-phone/galaxy-s/SM-G9208ZWUCHM

The Chinese description is very interesting. It said those 3G bands will only be enabled in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and for Global Roaming. So, try to turn on data roaming and see it works or not.

But SIM2 slot definitely does not support 3 or 4G




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  # 1393940 24-Sep-2015 21:25
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That link says it is a Samsung, which is reassuring.  

 
 
 
 


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  # 1393943 24-Sep-2015 21:27
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How much did you paid for the phone?

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  # 1393947 24-Sep-2015 21:29
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That's good news that it's not a knock off, it really does sound like it's not supporting 850wcdma - I'd go back to the seller.



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  # 1393948 24-Sep-2015 21:29
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Roaming isn´t fixing it either!  Paid $900 for it on a 1 day deal.   

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  # 1393952 24-Sep-2015 21:36
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nitrotech: My money is on this being a Chinese knock off which doesn't support 850mhz wcdma so won't work with Spark.

We see them all the time - at first glance they look close to real thing even have the same model number as the original but inside just cheap Chinese rubbish.

Could be wrong but it seems like the most likely option.


So it's not really a Samsung at all?  I'm surprised after reading these items sealed

http://www.designntrend.com/articles/17029/20140722/iphone-6-lookalike-i6-on-sale-china-price-video.htm 

http://www.autonews.com/article/20141125/GLOBAL03/141129903/land-rover-blasts-evoque-look-alike-from-china 






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  # 1393953 24-Sep-2015 21:38
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BrizzleGirl: Roaming isn´t fixing it either!  Paid $900 for it on a 1 day deal.   

Doesn't sound like much of a deal to me...

Noel Leeming and DSE sell it for 999, but that's probably the NZ version.
This is a parallel imported phone and they sell for 900 and under every day of the week.

https://price.geekzone.co.nz/product.aspx?pid=891834540




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  # 1393962 24-Sep-2015 21:50
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I would suggest you buy a new VF SIM card and a new Spark one and try them out. Could just be a bad SIM card.

Have you checked you are using the SIM1 slot, not Sim2? This is very important.

Failing all these options, return the phone and get a refund.

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  # 1393963 24-Sep-2015 21:50
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First, contact the vendor and give them a chance to remedy the issue.

If they don't and (I assume) she paid with a credit card, then try for a charge-back as the goods were defective.

If none of these work, Disputes Tribunal.

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  # 1393964 24-Sep-2015 21:52
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It looks more and more like a Chinese version - even if it's not a fake, it may have problems working outside China.

Return it and get one from a retailer... Sorry.




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  # 1393971 24-Sep-2015 22:07
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I revisited the web page and it seems like it is locked to one or two Chinese networks. Bear in mind I am not confident about this as the words they use could mean two particular Chinese networks, or refer to two different modes of mobile communications.

I am not from mainland China so do not much about how it works there.

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  # 1393992 24-Sep-2015 23:00
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1 day deal sites just typical

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  # 1395154 27-Sep-2015 10:38
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In your opening comment you indicate that spark says it will not work on their network, if you visit spark.co.nz and in the search box input compatibility it will open open a tools to check the phones imei, it sounds as if you have already done this. The site is not often wrong, if it says it's not compatible then it's not and there not much more you can do other than return it to supplier for a refund as long as the supplier advised you that it will work with spark.



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  # 1395470 28-Sep-2015 08:23
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I took the phone to Spark and they told me that it was locked, as did the retailer.  So I am sending it back to them and they will unlock it.

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  # 1395479 28-Sep-2015 08:38
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BrizzleGirl: I took the phone to Spark and they told me that it was locked, as did the retailer.  So I am sending it back to them and they will unlock it.


Does not soubd locked or it would pop up insert correct SIM

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