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    Exclamation Unlocked T-Mobile Unable to get on 3G Network in Other Areas?

    I just received info from a couple friends that their T-Mobile Onyx can't get on 3G networks in other areas despite having it unlocked... anybody can confirm this?

    There was also some rumor going around that the Rogers Onyx can only use 3G network in Canada? And T-Mobile Onyx can only use 3G network in the US?

    I'm getting my Rogers Bold to use in Indonesia.... can anybody confirm whether I can get on the 3G network if the device is unlocked? mfg:



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    Quote Originally Posted by arek28 View Post
    I just received info from a couple friends that their T-Mobile Onyx can't get on 3G networks in other areas despite having it unlocked... anybody can confirm this?

    There was also some rumor going around that the Rogers Onyx can only use 3G network in Canada? And T-Mobile Onyx can only use 3G network in the US?

    I'm getting my Rogers Bold to use in Indonesia.... can anybody confirm whether I can get on the 3G network if the device is unlocked? mfg:
    even if unlocked you will still only get the edge for connection and not 3G in the us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnepsa View Post
    even if unlocked you will still only get the edge for connection and not 3G in the us.
    Yes.. I heard the T-Mobile devices are hardwired in a way that they can only use 3G on US networks..



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    It all depends on 3g frequencies, the one used in US by tmo is 2100 mhz while the one used for att is 1900 mhz making both incompatible, so if I were you I would go ahead and check the full specifications at bb site about what 3g frequencies does the 9700 support and verify if you carrier is in the range of 3/ or EDGE...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ealvnv View Post
    It all depends on 3g frequencies, the one used in US by tmo is 2100 mhz while the one used for att is 1900 mhz making both incompatible, so if I were you I would go ahead and check the full specifications at bb site about what 3g frequencies does the 9700 support and verify if you carrier is in the range of 3/ or EDGE...
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    Size: 2.4 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches Weight: 4.3 ounces Included battery: 1500 mAh Lion Talk time: up to 6 hours Standby time: up to 15 days Band (frequency): 850 MHz;900 MHz;1800 MHz;1900 MHz;UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100)
    The above spec is stated on the T-Mobile site, so I assume that the device should also support 1800/1900 MHz?

    A friend of mine using the T-Mobile 9700 said that there is no option to switch between 2G/3G, it is automatic by default, would an OS update fix this?



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    Point blank...

    T-Mobile 9700 will NOT have 3G on any other US network aside from T-Mobile, it will be a EDGE only device.

    (Also applies to Canadian networks as well as none have fully launched AWS)

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    Actually tmo uses 1700 and is the only carrier in the US to that, which is why it won't work with at&t 3g. Most european countries use 2100 for 3g which is why it can still use 3g abroad if there's 2100

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    @arek28

    Despite what you hear from your buds, Blaze is 110% correct. The same goes with the Bold 9000 and the Storms. Their 3G are network specific, meaning their 3G will only work on the network the device was release too.

    And the same goes for all other 3G smartphones in the market; except for one phone. I don't recall its name. But it was design to work on all non CDMA 3G network. US, and Europe.

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