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    Hello. My phone carrier is upgrading their service from EDGE to 4G on Monday. This is very exciting. Will my 9860 be compatible/capable????

    I really hope it is.
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    Did you purchase the phone from you carrier, if so then You should not have any issues.
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    It was purchased from a website. I'm in the Bahamas. So it isn't a model of phone deal? It depends on which carrier you purchase from???
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddasick View Post
    It was purchased from a website. I'm in the Bahamas. So it isn't a model of phone deal? It depends on which carrier you purchase from???
    What carrier was it originally branded to?
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    Yes it will make a difference. If the phone you have is not on the same frequency as the carrier then "Edge" is all your going to get.
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    You'll know what carrier it originally was branded to by looking at the splash screen when it boots.

    Also, if you go to Options>Device>About Device Versions, what 3G bands are listed?
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    I think they use 850 in the Bahamas. So if you are using bands 1,2,5,6 you will be all set.
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    Go to about device versions located in options and see which 3G bands your phone supports(4th line from the top). For example my 9900 supports 1,4,8:
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    3G Bands 1,4,8. Is this a good thing?

    Vodafone comes up in my splash screen.

    Hopes this all adds up to YES I'm good for 4G. Fingers crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddasick View Post
    3G Bands 1,4,8. Is this a good thing?



    Vodafone comes up in my splash screen.



    Hopes this all adds up to YES I'm good for 4G. Fingers crossed.

    I don't know that much about bands. But 2100Mhz is band 1 I believe. The rest I don't know. You have to learn your carrier's 4G frequencies and what frequency is band 4 and 8.
    Good luck!
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    1 is 2100
    4 is 1700
    8 is 900

    So if your carrier uses 850/1900 for 3g you won't get it.
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    Your Blackberry should work fine as long it supports the same bands your carrier are using for the 4G.
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    4G is HSDPA + which the 9860 should be compatible.
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    Freethisberrydotcom is correct. So long as your carrier is sticking with the standard bands used in the rest of the world (except for TMobile in the USA and Wind Mobile in Canada), you will get 4G, a.k.a. HSDPA+. If they're installing LTE, that's a different story, but my guess is that they're just going to HSDPA+.

    Part of the difficulty with the 4G specification is that it can mean so much, so you often end up needing to know what type of 4G. But hopefully the above info will help.

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    I have 3G bands 1,2,5,6 and my carrier uses 2100MHz for 3G hence will I get 4G or HSPA+?
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    No you won't get 4G, only the US and Canada call HSPA+/HSDPA as 4G or H+ to burst the sales up, however the real 4G Internationally is meant for LTE

    So I don't think you will see any difference.

    In case they meant 4G as HSPA+/HSDPA, If you phone can run on their 3G Coverage then It will be ok, but won't show 4G/H+ because as I mentioned earlier it's something exclusive to US and Canada to bring the sales up, just names, HSPA+ always been 3G never been 4G and still any country in the world name it 3G. but if it can't connect to the 3G it won't work on 4G

    I can see your phone having T-Mobile AWS Bands, which are not the international bands, don't know if Bahamas offer AWS for 3G.
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    But my carrier I believe is installing HSPA+ therefore giving me 4G capability correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SibSAD View Post
    But my carrier I believe is installing HSPA+ therefore giving me 4G capability correct?
    Don't even call it 4G, it was a way to cheat customers in the US to buy the new devices.

    HSPA+ never been 4G, it's always called 3G or under rare cases the correct name is 3.75G as it's the latest end in 3G

    But let's say your carrier named it 4G, according to your BlackBerry About Screen, you would never see the word H+/4G written on screen, but may get connected to it, you may have to test the download speed it may reech up to 700KB/S

    But according to your BlackBerry About screen it seams you bought the device from T-Mobile? Or your carrier in Bahamas got the same AwS 3G frequency.
    In case your Carrier got AWS as T-Mobile, it will work fine on 3G and HSPA+ without showing H+/4G, if not, it would never even get 3G
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    Just remember that not even LTE is true 4G. And HSPA+ has been approved for naming as 4G, so it actually is 4G, whether we think its dumb or not (which I do).

    So the short answer is yes, if you have HSPA+, you will have 4G, even if it isn't the same as the faster LTE (which is a battery killer) and even if we don't think that it should be called 4G.
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    Yes I see the dumbness. But here in Saudi Arabia there is no T-Mobile. Plus my phone is an unlocked phone.
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    Plus, it doesn't look like there will be an AWS compatible 9860 (required for TMobile). So you should be fine.
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    Please can upgrading the torch software change the type of band like change from 1,4,8 to 1,2,5,6 thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajibola Dolapo Okeowo View Post
    Please can upgrading the torch software change the type of band like change from 1,4,8 to 1,2,5,6 thanks
    Bands are hardware, not software.
    So, no, you can't change the type of radio bands by swapping the OS.

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