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the Chinese-Phone Thread

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GeorginaA481064 wrote:
May 25th, 2017 9:58 am
Hi, just spoke to support and they say:

Yes, Cubot Max has support 3G WCDMA networks
These are the 3G WCDMA bands that supports the Cubot Max :

2100 900

Why does not my bell work?
850 and 1900 are the common 3G bands in Canada. 2100 and 900 are not used by any of the networks here.
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Flames wrote:
May 9th, 2017 10:32 pm
Does anyone know what the cheapest method of shipping back to china with tracking would be? I can't find anything under $65-70 with tracking (Canada post). UPS and Fedex are considerably more expensive.
Unfortunately, that is about as cheap as it gets. I won't buy a phone without a North American service centre ever again. Been there, done that, paid the hefty price.
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david90531 wrote:
May 24th, 2017 12:57 am
Hi all!
I'm kinda new to this thread but I'm looking to get the Oneplus 3t from Aliexpress, but not sure if the China version will work here nicely. Especially for the LTE network
On the product details it shows this under 4G network:
"4G: TDD-LTE:B38/B39/B40/B41
FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B5/B7/B8 CDMA EVDO: BC0"

And from what I read Rogers has support Band 7. Is that enough for it to work well in Canada?
I live in the GTA area Markham/Scarborough, if that information would help.

Thanks in advance!
Look for LTE band 4. Stay away if it is not in the spec.
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WARNING, avoid the LeEco Le Max X829 model. I have the X820 model which is working fine. I mentioned this brand to a buddy who ended up buying the X829 model because it was cheaper. He mentioned to me about spurious reboots out of the blue yesterday. I did some google searching and found some disturbing information on this variant. So, it turns out there may be something majorly wrong with the X829. The xda thread has a lot of technical discussion but unfortunately, no resolution yet.



https://forum.xda-developers.com/le-max ... 9-t3573144
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Redskull just posted the review of the X829 on the channel.
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The Le Max 2 is a great phone for the price as long as it doesn't start rebooting randomly.
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will888 wrote:
May 28th, 2017 10:10 pm
The Le Max 2 is a great phone for the price as long as it doesn't start rebooting randomly.
Lots of people have no problems with their X829. The challenge with these issues is that there are no reliable statistics as to what percentage of owners are affected.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
May 29th, 2017 9:54 am
Lots of people have no problems with their X829. The challenge with these issues is that there are no reliable statistics as to what percentage of owners are affected.
I agree, it is likely that the number of bad phones is maybe just higher than "normal". When xda has an active thread on this model, it is a wake up call. I am just throwing out the warning for those who care. At this moment, there appears to be no cure. Trying to RMA with geekbuying is a little harder than walking into the local Bestbuy with receipt in hand.
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will888 wrote:
May 29th, 2017 10:16 pm
I agree, it is likely that the number of bad phones is maybe just higher than "normal". When xda has an active thread on this model, it is a wake up call. I am just throwing out the warning for those who care. At this moment, there appears to be no cure. Trying to RMA with geekbuying is a little harder than walking into the local Bestbuy with receipt in hand.
There are similar threads on Nexus 6P, LG G4, G5, and many other more expensive higher end phones.

Only people with problems tend to spend time posting, so it is very difficult to tell what percentage of units are affected.

I think it's generally accepted by most people buying Chinese phones that you are rolling the dice a bit, risk wise, to save a lot of money.
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Kurtz7834 wrote:
May 30th, 2017 9:04 am
There are similar threads on Nexus 6P, LG G4, G5, and many other more expensive higher end phones.

Only people with problems tend to spend time posting, so it is very difficult to tell what percentage of units are affected.

I think it's generally accepted by most people buying Chinese phones that you are rolling the dice a bit, risk wise, to save a lot of money.
Agreed. If the number of complaints appear on the high side, then the level is risk may be too high. I have the X820 model and it is going strong still (knock on wood). A buddy bought the X829 and it started to randomly reboot after less than one month. I haven't lost faith in LeEco, but personally I would avoid the X829 model.
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May 31, 2017
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Ok not sure what I did wrong , but it got deleted ,.. Im looking at phone with these specs ,.. Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz Will this work in Ontario Canada with any carriers ?
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Dogtoy77 wrote:
Jun 1st, 2017 1:23 pm
Ok not sure what I did wrong , but it got deleted ,.. Im looking at phone with these specs ,.. Network:
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz Will this work in Ontario Canada with any carriers ?
The 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz is not good. You really want to see the 850 and/or 1900 bands on 3G. Especially for voicecall services.
In 4G the 2600 band (Band 7) is supported on Bell and Rogers
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May 31, 2017
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ok so it should be good for 2g& 4g you think then ? I only use it as a emergency backup with a pay as you go account ,.I useit like a tablet & for wifi more than anything,..but would like to make a call or text in anemergency ,.. Its a zoji z7 ,.. Should I get it or will I be at a real disadvantage without the 3g ?
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Dogtoy77 wrote:
Jun 1st, 2017 4:10 pm
ok so it should be good for 2g& 4g you think then ? I only use it as a emergency backup with a pay as you go account ,.I useit like a tablet & for wifi more than anything,..but would like to make a call or text in anemergency ,.. Its a zoji z7 ,.. Should I get it or will I be at a real disadvantage without the 3g ?
2g is mainly linked to Rogers, so you are limiting networks to choose from. Rogers has also made statements that they might stop supporting 2g in the near future, potentially as soon as 2018. Also 2g is quite simply going to be slow and unreliable for modern smartphone use.

The lte 2600 band is also not as prominent. It is newer extension of lte coverage. You will probably be good in major city centers of Ontario, but finding gaps in coverage is a possibility. lte band 4 is one of the main bands in Canada, but it is less common in Chinese phones.

Honestly, when shopping for these cheap Chinese phones it would be better to look at 3g compatibility first and 4g second. Good 3g compatibility will be the backbone of your support and 4g 2600 is bonus that gives you access where is available.

If your main use is wifi, you don't travel, and live in a city that is prominent 2600 lte coverage it might work for you. But your putting a lot of limitations what you can do with the phone in Canada.

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