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[Q] Help! What version?

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22nd February 2014, 07:39 PM   |  #1  
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I want to use the phone on Lycamobile, or possibly Pageplus in the US, once they accept 4G phones, and use local sim cards in Europe.

What version would be the best one to get?
Unlocked N9005?
T-mobile version?
Verizon?

I have several EU sim cards that I could use to activate the unlocked EU version, which should prevent any region lock problems, from what I've been reading.

But I could also unlock a US version (by paying for it, since I won't sign up with any carrier in the US and just use pay as you go providers)?

Which one of the many versions would be the best bet for international use?
22nd February 2014, 07:40 PM   |  #2  
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I'd go with T-Mobile, although with the N9005 you won't be able to use LTE/4G in the US. Only H+
22nd February 2014, 07:51 PM   |  #3  
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I'd go with T-Mobile, although with the N9005 you won't be able to use LTE/4G in the US. Only H+

And with the T-Mobile version, you can get LTE/4G in the US and Europe?
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Only in the US - In Europe it'd be H+ only -
22nd February 2014, 07:57 PM   |  #5  
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Only in the US - In Europe it'd be H+ only -

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So, there is no version that will get you LTE/4G everywhere?
Can bands be unlocked by rooting?
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Nope can't get LTE everywhere, no way to change the bands currently on the Note 3 that I have seen. It may be possible but I don't think it is.
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23rd February 2014, 11:27 AM   |  #7  
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Thanks!
So, there is no version that will get you LTE/4G everywhere?
Can bands be unlocked by rooting?

So for the answers are negative

So IMHO you should look at something:

- ideally without a locked bootloader

- ideally with a clear statement of warranty regarding the Knox flag

- the phone can be network-locked to provider as long as you can find one of the services giving you an network-unlock code for 15-20$ or so

- the region-lock could be a problem - on unlocked phones it is very hard to remove without rooting; surprisingly it is said that on network-locked phones the region lock is also removed when you enter the network-unlock code

- the phone should at least work over LTE in the countries where you HAVE it (or afford it) and where you NEED it.

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