Can I use this phone?

spta100

    Hey I found that there was a global version for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 on this website:

    Global Version Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 4GB 64GB 48MP Cameras Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 6.3'' FHD+ Mobile Phone QC 4.0 4000mAh…

    or this one

    https://www.giztop.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-7-global-version.html

    Will either of these work in SoCal?

    (Haven't bought it yet)

     

    The bands listed:

    4G: FDD LTE B5:850 / B8:900 / B3:1800 / B1:2100 / B7:2600 / B4:1700 / B20:800

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      • gramps28

        Re: Can I use this phone?

        Hard pass on them.

        • drnewcomb2

          Re: Can I use this phone?

          spta100 wrote:


           

          The bands listed:

          4G: FDD LTE B5:850 / B8:900 / B3:1800 / B1:2100 / B7:2600 / B4:1700 / B20:800

           

          Of the list of LTE bands: B5 used by T-Mobile only in Myrtle Beach, SC. B4 used in many areas. Fairly short range. None of the other bands are used by T-Mobile. The phone lacks LTE bands, 2/25, 12, 66 & 71 of which 2, 12 & 71 are important. It also lacks bands 25, 26 & 41, which will be important if the Sprint merger is approved.

           

          I'd use this phone if someone gave it to me but I would not pay my money to buy one. IMHO, YMMV.

            • gramps28

              Re: Can I use this phone?

              Doesn't band 4 have to have both 1700/2100 to work with Tmobile since one is upload and the other is download?

                • drnewcomb2

                  Re: Can I use this phone?

                  This confuses a lot of people. Due to a strange history of spectrum allocation in the USA, band 4 straddles band 2 with a 400 MHz duplex spacing. This makes it 1700 MHz on the uplink and 2100 on the downlink. This however, has nothing to do with band 1 (2100 MHz). This is what confuses people.  This is why it's best to just ignore the frequencies and concentrate on the band number.