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[Q] Buying a used Photon Q for international use, what do I need to know?

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13th March 2014, 06:00 PM   |  #1  
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I am planning on purchasing the Photon Q for use in japan and then later permanent use on Ting service.
  1. What UMTS bands does photon q support. My understanding is docomo uses UMTS Band 1.
  2. Photon Q is already unlocked for international use. I should just be able to (a) Put in docomo sim card (b) Change apn; and I should be all set right? I'll be use a data plan only on UMTS Band 1
  3. If I install CM10.2, do I need to be careful about which rom I install? It appears there is one for CDMA and one for GSM. Will the one for CDMA work for international GSM use?

Other more general items:
  1. It seems that motorola allows you to unlock the bootloader without a hack, is that correct? so I just need to follow the steps here and I should be all set? http://www.droid-life.com/2012/08/20...-q-bootloader/ + http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2262001
  2. It appears that CM10.2 is stable and CM11 is on the way.
  3. Is there a recommended replacement battery?
13th March 2014, 06:10 PM   |  #2  
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Battery is not "user-replaceable".

Also, you realize the SIM is not either? You'll need to hardware 'hack' the device a bit. See this thread.

As for your band questions, not sure.

CM11 is pretty stable, although there hasn't been a milestone release - the nightlies are solid. They are also building now under a unified device, moto_msm8960. No need to worry about GSM/CDMA builds anymore.

You are correct on the bootloader, it's officially unlocked from Motorola. I do not believe they have changed their stance on this subject.
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13th March 2014, 06:13 PM   |  #3  
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Oh gosh, the sprint sim card isn't replaceable? that's a deal breaker..
Is the Morotola Photon (Non-Q) the same way?
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Originally Posted by nullstring2

Oh gosh, the sprint sim card isn't replaceable? that's a deal breaker..
Is the Morotola Photon (Non-Q) the same way?

No clue, that's a completely different device / class of device.
13th March 2014, 07:15 PM   |  #5  
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No clue, that's a completely different device / class of device.

Looks like the Motorola Photon sim card is replacable.

Thank you arrghhh. I appreciate the feedback. Glad I asked before purchasing one.
13th March 2014, 07:27 PM   |  #6  
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Photon Q &/or Note 3 on ting.com
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