* Posts by bengoey49

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Putting the B's in bargain basement, Xiaomi staggers into sunlight clutching Poco X3

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The OS is MIUI. I own the original Pocophone F1 which I use in Asia with local Sim when I am abroad ( in the UK connected to wifi only for emails, WhatsApp etc ). For the price it has been a good phone, still fast with no problems and battery life at 94% after approx two years of light use. It is on MIUI 11.0.9 , security patch 01/06/2020. The drawbacks are :

1. Bloatwares that you cannot uninstall and some you cannot force stop. Recently I keep getting notifications from the Xiaomi music App. I have turned off the notification from the app in the setting but still getting it everyday.

2. Limited LTE Bands , it is ok for EU and some Asian countries but not for the US. I noted even the cheapest iPhones and the £349 Google Pixel 4a ( to be launched in the UK soon) have far more LTE Bands.

I will not buy another Xiaomi phones because of the above if I were to buy an Android phone.

Hats off to the brave 7%ers who dived into the Windows 10 May 2020 Update within a month of release

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PC bricked by update

My old Acer desktop with i5 3450 processor was bricked by Windows update late February this year. I am fed up with Window updates, very annoying.

So next computer will be Apple, will wait for the Arm processor Mac. Bye bye Window PC.

Xiaomi's Poco F2 Pro flagship lands in the UK with considerably gentler price tag

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Limited LTE / 4 G Bands

I am surprised that this phone has limited 4G / LTE bands despite its upmarket / expensive price ( compared to the original POCO ). For the next two years at least 4G is still important due to patchy coverage of 5G. This phone won't be good for the US. It has way less LTE / 4G coverage than the cheapest Google Pixel and iPhone SE. The LTE coverage is only good for the EU and parts of Asia. I have the original POCO (still using it as a back up and use in Asia ) and live in the UK but often travel abroad hence my interest in the coverage before buying a phone. Interestingly all the OnePlus phones have extensive LTE coverage, even the old models.

Pixel perfect: 2019 was best year yet for Google's mobile hardware biz, says analyst

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Not a lot better because of the exorbitant price ( considering quality of the hardware compared to iPhones ). Most important is the fact that compared to Apple , Google have poor support as far as back up service is concerned outside the US compared to Apple. For example if you need to change the battery Google does not provide the service in the UK and probably other countries outside the US. My original Pixel ( Costed £500 on Sale in Nov. 2016 ) has no more updates since October 2019. The battery needs replacement but probably is not worth replacing it as I am not sure how good is iSmash to replace the battery after my daughter had bad experience with them.

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Re: Bah!

Google charge you more if you want the 128GB version of the Pixel ( £100 ). For the same upgrade to 128GB from the base 64GB iPhone will cost you only £50.

Huawei gets misty-eyed for the good old days (of a year ago) with maudlin P30 Pro remaster

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Re: One more reason...

You are absolutely right. When I was in the process of moving carrier two months ago, my previous carrier tried to persuade me not to move by telling me that they are in the process of launching 5G. I told him that for the past thirteen years there has been no improvement in the poor 4G / LTE signal strength in my area , what is the point of 5G for me and that was the only reason for moving to a different carrier with much better signal. I should have done it years ago.By the way you will probably have better signal reception with Huawei P30 Pro than an iPhone ( Intel Modem ).

Press F2 to pay respects. New Xiaomi Poco Pro has 5G, top-drawer Snapdragon chippery, 64MP camera

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Re: Radio is a bit spotty for a flagship

Also lacks the LTE/4G bands for the US.

bengoey49

I bought a Pocophone F1 shortly after launch , I use it as my primary phone when I am in Asia and as a secondary phone when I am in the UK. It still works perfectly, battery at 95% according to Accubattery App. I downloaded GCam and the pictures are much better.

The problem with all Android phones other than Samsung , if you have problems outside the warranty period and when it is time to replace the battery where do you take them to ? Do you just throw them away ? My Pixel developed a fault after three months , Carphonewarehouse sent it back to Google and they sent me a ' Refurbished' Pixel. My daughter took her iPhone 7 to iSmash for battery replacement and the experience was not good at all , she should have taken it to an Apple Store.

My main driver was the original 5 inch Pixel of 2016 , it needs battery replacement , Google does not provide battery replacement service in the UK, I can take it to iSmash but after my daughter's experience I am not sure. Also no more updates now it is over 3 years old ( last update was October 2019.

So considering those problems I decided to move on to an iPhone after so many years with Android phones. iPhones have at least 5 years of updates and if I want to sell it after three years it still has some value unlike Android phones. The Pocophone F1 and I think F2 also lack most of the necessary LTE / 4G /3G bands to work in the US whereas iPhones have the necessary bands to work in the US, Europe and most of Asia. This only concerns those of us who travel to different countries.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now

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Re: Time to switch to iPhone

I am fed up of the 3 year updates of my original Pixel, so I moved on to iPhone 11 a month ago.

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Re: S6

Not only Samsung, Google only updates the Pixel for 3 years. I have the original Pixel from November 2016 , last update was November 2019. No more updates according to Google. So I have moved on to iPhone 11 which will have a longer updates compared to Android phones and although expensive initially, in the long run it works out cheaper compared to Google Pixel Wife still has the S7.

I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go: Yes, Sony's Xperia 1 II has a 3.5mm headphone port

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Re: removable battery?

Longer software updates is more important than removable battery in my opinion. My original late 2016 Google Pixel had its last update November 2016, exactly 3 years which I think is too short for an expensive phone. The newly launched Google Pixel 4 /4XL are way too expensive for what they offer, so after considering length of updates, second hand value if I want to sell in the future and battery life I come to the conclusion that although iPhone is expensive in the long run it is cheaper than top of the range Androids. So last week ( after many years with Blackberry and Androids ) I bought an iPhone as my daily driver. I just cannot understand Google.

Ever wondered how Google-less Android might look? Step right this Huawei: Mate 30 Pro arrives on British shores

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Re: Mate 30 Pro will start at £899 for the base model

£ 700 in Indonesia. Why is it so expensive in the UK ? Tax ?

It's calculated Apple leak time: Cheaper iPhone, laptops with proper keyboards, and, oh, a Tile competitor

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Qualcomm Modem for SE2

I hope the SE2 is equipped with Qualcomm cellular modem and not Intel Modem now that Apple has made peace with Qualcomm.

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

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Re: Android landfill is a disgrace

Bought the original small Google Pixel November 2016 , this year 2020 no more software updates. Last year when I was in the US I bought a used iPhone SE 32GB for $170, it was in like new condition with battery health at 100% , The SE was launched in March 2016 before the Pixel and still has software updates this year at least , may be next year. I use the SE as a back up phone and it is my first iPhone.

After many years using Blackberry and Android phones I have decided late last year that if I buy a new phone it has to be an iPhone as unless you buy the top of the range of iPhones ( Pro and Pro Max ) in the long run it is in fact cheaper despite the fact that in general iPhones are expensive. iphone 11 is probably going to be my next phone or the rumoured SE2. Bye bye Androids.

Nokia 2.3: HMD flings out €109 budget 'droid with a 2-day battery

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Re: Should please some around here

I think the Xiaomi Redmi Go can use the SD card as an internal drive.

OPPO's Reno 2, aka 'Baby Shark', joins the deepening pool of high-spec midranger mobes

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Re: LTE bands

The LTE bands are unfortunately neglected by most reviewers of mobile phones. This is important if you often go abroad especially to the US and usually for the phones sold in the EU only the top of the range, the most expensive phone have LTE bands covering the US.

One Plus , Google Pixel and iPhones have wide coverage of the LTE Bands on all their phones.

Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan – great value!

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Re: Windows Phone

Still have Nokia 640XL, occasionally use it for reading news and YouTube. It was a good operating system. Have been using Android since the demise of Windows Phone. Pixel 4 is too expensive, from past experience quality of the hardware is not going to be as good as Apple . My original Pixel (late 2016)had to be replaced after 3 months ownership. The Pixel still works and is on Android 10 but battery is now bad particularly as it is 2750 mAh to start with. I have got several different Android phones, from my experience Sony , Xiaomi and Samsung are good with updates. LG is terrible. Although I don't like Apple for its policies I guess if I am buying a new phone now I would buy IPhone because in the long run it is more economical ( up to at least 5 years updates and much better second hand value when you sell it ) especially as now I think the camera of the iphone 11 is at least as good as the Pixel and it is only slightly more expensive than the Pixel. Google please listen to your customers, price is too high and battery of the smaller Pixel 4 is too small.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS

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Re: Xiaomi is missing a bet, I think

Mid range Xiaomi phones ( Pocophone F1 for example ) as well as well as the cheap Xiaomi phones do not have the LTE Bands for the US. The top end Xiaomi phones ( Xiaomi Mi8, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 ), I believe have most of the US LTE ( except CDMA ) Bands. Please check with your carrier before you buy.

AGM X3: Swoon at this rugged interloper mobe then throw it on the floor to impress your mates

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Would you spend £599 on a phone from a relatively unknown manufacturer with no record or promise of regular software updates ? I have an LG phone which is still on Android 7 security patch April 2018. I certainly won't consider buying an LG phone after this.

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

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Re: Overpriced

To be fair you should compare the the price of the Pocophone to Iphone XR 128GB price ( £799 ).

Also to be considered is the fact that Pocophone has very limited LTE bands which covers Europe and most of Asia compared , Iphone XR has wider LTE Bands cover to include the US LTE Bands. I usually leave my Pocophone at home ( UK ) when I go to the US and take my Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact.

There were complaints that the latest Iphones have poor RF Performance / Signal Reception after they were launched last September, I wonder whether it has been sorted out.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: the improved camera is one of the best in class

I tried it on my Original Pixel, it is not good because it took a long time to do and no Optical Image Stabilisation .

Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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I bought a Xiaomi Pocophone F1 a month ago when I was in Asia, it costed £280 for the 6GB/128GB version. It has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, good screen and battery life (4000 MAh ). So far it has been a fantastic phone , camera is very good but not as good as my old original Google Pixel.

The software is good with regular security update as well as software update, only minus are there is no NFC and no LTE Bands for the US. Software / security updates are better than Huawei/ Honor ,Samsung, LG(poorest) etc.

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: @Oneman2Many

All Xiaomi phones officially sold outside China have Global Rom, bought recently the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Indonesia from Xiaomi Shop, it has the usual Google Playstore Google Maps etc. Most important it has all the LTE bands for Europe .

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Re: If this was five years ago...

The problem with Oppo, Vivo etc is that up to now as far as I know their phones lack all the LTE bands commonly used in Europe usually missing Band 20. Xiaomi used to be the same but most recent Xiaomi phones includes Band 20.

Huawei Mate 20 series: China's best phone, but a pricey proposition

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Re: nope. not ever again...

Huawei Mate 10 Pro bought in the UK on Android 8.1 Security Patch 1 June 2018.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 on Android 8.1 Security Patch 1 September 2018 ( just got this update today)

Huawei is not as good as Xiaomi regarding updates.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Re: What to buy ?

I agree with you, I bought one out of curiosity and for use when I travel and need a second Sim ( mainly for Asia ). You have to accept that it is slow if you are used to mid or top of the range phones but for the price I am ok with it. Reception is good but I wish it covers more LTE / 4G bands . Android GO is good. I don't need fancy Apps, WhatsApp, Telegram and Google Map ( not for Navigation ) are enough for me.

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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You can now update your Pixel to Android 9 in the UK. My Pixel ( Original 2016 5" Pixel ) is being updated to Android 9 right now.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: My wishlist

LG V20 , unfortunately old model already.

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Re: This should not go unnoticed:

Thank you, I have just watched it. Very interesting lecture, after this I will definitely change the way I use my cellphone.

Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS

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Re: More money equals more good

On Black Friday last November I got a 12 months £20 a month contract with Three which allows 100 GB a month data , out of the 100 GB you can use 30 GB for tethering. Hope they have the same offer next Black Friday.

BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Fuck Blackberry, frankly

LG Stylus 3 ( £170 or less if you can find one in the UK ) if you can accept low end Chip and inferior 5.7 inch screen. It uses the same battery as LG V20 which you can buy for around £15 on Ebay. Still on Android 7 security patch April 2018

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Re: RF and Battery is all that matters

I have similar thought and I wish there is a manufacturer brave enough to produce a mobile phones that have:

Good RF performance

Large capacity removable battery , forget the thinness of the phone, 4000 mAmh would be great

The size of BB Z10 , Sony Xperia X, XZ1 Compact

Good call quality and speakers

Screen brightness that is good enough for when it is bright outside.

No glass back , give me aluminium or good quality plastic like the old Nokia

USB C port for charging and data transfer

Good GPS performance for navigation.

Regular update of the software

Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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From what I have read Huawei as a company that manufactures cell phone radio transmitters/masts are rated highly as far as radio signal reception / antenna of their cell phones. Personally I have never used Huawei phones.

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Re: Nice report

And LG Stylus 3 (battery the same as LG V20).

Voda customers given green light by Ofcom to ditch contracts

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Re: Three of course, who abolished *all* roaming charges ...

Your friend could use his/her data to use WhatsApp etc to call the local number if in the contact list or just deposit £10 with Skype to call mobile or landline ( relatively cheap ).

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Re: South Korea roaming

Recently I also bought a Samsung phone ( in Indonesia) , an A5 2017. Dual Sim plus micro sd slot . I wonder why most if not all Samsung phones sold in Europe / UK are single sim phones. With the A5 the first sim up to 4G, the second Sim 3G only but that is ok for my purpose when travelling in countries outside UK.

I have been with Three for years because of the ' Feel at Home ' . have used it in Europe ( before the EU Directive June this year ), US, Indonesia, Hong Kong and at present using it in New Zealand .

If i want to call local number I can use my data and WhatsApp or data and Skype . I have less than £10 in my Skype account to call landline and local number that is not on my contact list for WhatsApp or Skype.

OnePlus cash equals 5: Rebel flagship joins upmarket Android crew

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Re: Post sales servicing as a differentiator

This is in contrast to my Blackberry DTek50 which i dropped from knee height position onto concrete floor ( it had BB hard case on it ), the screen was cracked and did not work anymore. The cost of repair quoted by the manufacturer was approximately 135 poundsterling ( could be higher or lower ). You can buy a new one now for 180 poundsterling. It now sits in the drawer, there is no point repairing it. What a waste. I am considering OnePlus, thank you for your information.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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My Honor 7 is still on Android 6 / Marshmellow and EMUI 4 .

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Re: How long are they going to keep it updated for?

See my reply post above regarding update of Honor 7 and comparing it with updates of Sony Xperia Compact and Blackberry Detek60.

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Re: And still shovelling Android

Until early last week my Honor 7 ( unlock) was on Security Patch August 2016.

It has just been updated today to Security Patch April 2017. The software is still EMUI 4 ( the latest EMUI 5 ).

For comparison my Sony Xperia X Compact ( Unlock ) has been having regular monthly update now May 2017 Security Patch and several months ago upgraded to Android 7 (Nougat ).

My wife's Blackberry Dtek60 also has regular monthly security patch , now on May 2017 but the Android software is still Android 6 (Marshmellow).

Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

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I wish Ofcom would do the same with broadband providers. Last week I cancelled my broadband with BT, after a long sales pitch they agreed and I have to pay £31 ' TERMINATION FEE ' . Why?. I bet most people don't know about termination fee when you leave BT Broadband. I was not in a contract by the way.

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Critical question

My wife has been using the Blackberry DTek60 since last year. I can tell you that Blackberry has been updating the software regularly, right now it is on Marshmellow Android 6.0.1 and the Security Patch is 5 March this year ( compare it with my HONOR 7 - Huawei the Security Patch is still June 2016, I presume Huawei has abandoned it ). I know that SONY is also good with software updates.

BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

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Re: Blackberry keyboard on Android

I can't find Blackberry keyboard on Playstore. Where did you get it from and how ? I have used Z10 and Passport and missed the excellent Blackberry keyboard on Android phone ( the original Wileyfox swift ) , the swipe up feature and the fact that I can use two languages (English and Indonesian) without having to change from one language to another constantly are very good.

Thank you for the information.

Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: New AppleCare Support Tier: Go away complainy-pants

Don't get the Pixel yet. There is a problem with the loudspeaker ( see Google Pixel forums / problems on the internet ). I have the Pixel, two weeks ago the haptic feedback when you touch type makes scratchy noises , not sorted out by the latest update from Google that is supposed to cure the fault ).

The camera is superb , better I think than the iphone 6 Plus , I have no iphone 7 to compare it to .

If I were you I would wait for Pixel 2 which hopefully will be launched later this year and Google would have sorted out the loudspeaker and lens flare issue.

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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Re: GPS?

Agree with you. I use GPS navigation when I am in Indonesia, I usually use Waze and Here Maps.

When you loose GPS fix whilst driving in a foreign country, you are in trouble. I know for the fact that my Wileyfox Swift GPS is bad for locating GPS and for accuracy of location. My wife's Blackberry Dtek60 is superb for GPS navigation compared to Wileyfox. Of course the latter is a much cheaper phone, but if you often use GPS for navigation , you have to consider this when buying a new phone.

Unfortunately most reviewers do not test the GPS and Radio Signal reception except notebookcheck.com

Finally. BlackBerry lobs out new BB10 OS update

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Updated

My Passport and my wife's Z30 updated three days ago. Both bought unlocked from Blackberry during Black Friday in the US and being used in Indonesia.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

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Re: I can understand

Last year I bought a refurbished Thinkpad X220, i5, 8Gb Ram and 256 Sandisk SSD for 220 Pounds.

Very happy with its performance and superb keyboard and I like the Matte (screen better than the reflective one). The battery is good and I know that if the battery is no good anymore I can buy a replacement battery.

Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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Re: Missing ..

Also all reviews of phones do not test how good is it as a phone, usually no mention or testing of the phone's Radio ( Phone Reception and Transmission. Two years ago I was in an area with poor signal, both my wife and I had same carrier Sim, her Blackberry Z30 could do phone calls, Whatsapp, BBM, SMS, mine a Microsoft 640XL was useless, could not even sent a text message ).

GPS performance is also usually not tested ( except in the notebookcheck.net ), this is important if you use your phone often for navigation.

A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: if only we could get them on the left side of the pond...

Before you consider make sure you check the GSM, 3G and LTE Radio frequency cover of this phone. It is very limited for the US use and I don't think you can get LTE / 4G in the US with this phone as it only covers Band 3, 7 and 20 LTE ( for Europe and most of Asia ).

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