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  1. raino's Avatar
    This is a reference thread to document the different models and network bands for the Z30. Similar Z10, Q10, Q5, Passport and Classic threads are located here, here, here, here and here, respectively.

    Click to enlarge:

    Z30 Models and Supported Frequencies-z30.png

    A few general notes:

    1. Consult the chart above first, then the list of "Partially Compatible Carriers" below, if necessary. A phone model is best suited for the carriers listed in the chart, not in the list. For example, while the STA100-3 will work on T-Mobile in some places, the STA100-5 is a better choice as it will work on T-Mobile everywhere.

    2. This thread is a work in progress, and may not yet be complete. It will be updated frequently. Usually, my source of most information are BlackBerry manuals, but all models don't have manuals yet. So my current sources are carrier listings, BlackBerry's official manuals (the ones that are up,) and FCC filings. As more manuals are made available, I will double check everything and update as necessary.

    3. How this works: click to enlarge the image, and then compare your networks' bands to figure out which model of the Z30 is best for your use. There may be more than one model that is fully compatible with your carrier. If a Z30 model has all the bands for a carrier's main network frequencies, that carrier will appear in the"Compatible Carriers" list next to that model. In addition to the "Compatible Carriers" column in the chart, there is a "Partially Compatible Carriers" section as well. If a model has some but not all bands a carrier operates on, that carrier will be listed in the "Partially Compatible Carriers" list below the chart. At the very least, all Z30 variants are quad-band GSM, so they will work on all GSM (2G) networks.

    4. This is a community driven thread. So if you buy a Z30 and would like to chime in with potential compatibility information, please feel free to do so, and I will update the OP. I won't edit the list of "Compatible Carriers" unless I'm provided with solid proof (carriers' websites confirming bands/sub-models, other semi-reputable printed sources such as Wikipedia, etc.)

    Partially Compatible(some 3G/HSPA+,or some LTE: )
    STA100-1: EE, O2 UK, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, Telstra, Etisalat UAE, Batelco, du, MTN SA, Vodacom SA, Telecom NZ (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,) Optus, NTT DoCoMo, Cell C, SoftBank, Vodafone NZ, 2degrees (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 2100 areas,) SMART Philippines (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 850 areas,)

    STA100-2: AT&T, Telus, Koodo, Cell C, 2degrees (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,) T-Mobile USA (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 1900 areas,) Bell, Virgin Canada, Rogers, Fido (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 2600 areas,) Vodafone NZ, Telecom NZ (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 areas,) Globe Philippines (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 and 2600 areas,) SMART Philippines (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 areas.)

    STA100-3: EE, O2 UK, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, Telstra, Batelco, du, Etisalat UAE, Optus, MTN SA, Vodacom SA, Cell C, Vodafone NZ, Telecom NZ, 2degrees (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,) Bell, Virgin Canada, Rogers, Fido, Telus, Koodo (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,LTEonly in LTE 1700 areas,) AT&T, T-Mobile USA (maybe LTE in some places, 3G/HSPA+ in all UMTS 1900 areas,) SoftBank (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 900 and UMTS 2100 areas.)

    STA100-4:

    STA100-5: EE, O2 UK, Vodafone UK, T-Mobile UK, Telstra, Batelco, du, MTN SA, Vodacom SA, Telecom NZ (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,) AT&T (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 850 and 1700 areas,) Optus, NTT DoCoMo, Cell C, SoftBank, Vodafone NZ, 2degrees (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 2100 areas,) Etisalat UAE (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 2600 areas,) Globe Philippines (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 2100 areas, LTE only in LTE 2600 areas.)

    STA100-6: AT&T, Telus, Koodo,Virgin Canada, Fido, Bell, 2degrees (3G/HSPA+ everywhere,) T-Mobile USA (3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 1900 areas,) Bell, Virgin Canada, Rogers, Fido (LTE only in LTE 2600 areas,) NTT DoCoMo (LTE everywhere, 3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 800 and UMTS 2100 areas,) SoftBank (LTE everywhere, 3G/HSPA+ only in UMTS 900 and UMTS 2100 areas,) Vodafone NZ, Telecom NZ (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 areas,) Globe Philippines (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 and 2600 areas,) SMART Philippines (3G/HSPA+ everywhere, LTE only in LTE 1800 and LTE 2100 areas,)
    Last edited by raino; 08-07-15 at 01:17 PM. Reason: LTE 700 corrections
    09-18-13 02:48 PM
  2. Omnitech's Avatar
    I find it hard to believe that there is no model in there that supports Verizon's CDMA2000/IS95 network on ~800Mhz.

    So I think that list is at the very least, incomplete.
    09-18-13 03:54 PM
  3. raino's Avatar
    I find it hard to believe that there is no model in there that supports Verizon's CDMA2000/IS95 network on ~800Mhz.

    So I think that list is at the very least, incomplete.
    You know...looking at the Q10 thread, both Sprint and Verizon Q10s say CDMA 800/1900, so I wonder if there was a typo wherever Bla1ze got it from.

    I'll add it to my mental list of things to fix
    ibenJAMin likes this.
    09-18-13 04:07 PM
  4. pkcable's Avatar
    Could be we are missing models 6, 7 and 8 also, notice we jump from 5 to 9.

    BUT either way GREAT work!
    09-18-13 04:37 PM
  5. raino's Avatar
    Could be we are missing models 6, 7 and 8 also, notice we jump from 5 to 9.

    BUT either way GREAT work!
    Thanks. Bla1ze's comment didn't have 6-8 listed, and if you look closely, 2 and 9 have the same set of bands. His comment said that the 9 was possibly China bound, so we'll see.

    Waiting for the manuals to go up...
    09-18-13 04:42 PM
  6. SteelGreek's Avatar
    You know...looking at the Q10 thread, both Sprint and Verizon Q10s say CDMA 800/1900, so I wonder if there was a typo wherever Bla1ze got it from.

    I'll add it to my mental list of things to fix
    You're likely right since my Verizon Z10 is an STL100-4 model and they've also confirmed Z30 will be on their network. My bet is that they're in the STA100-4 boat. Keeps it consistent...
    09-20-13 11:28 PM
  7. Double_J75's Avatar
    I find it hard to believe that there is no model in there that supports Verizon's CDMA2000/IS95 network on ~800Mhz.

    So I think that list is at the very least, incomplete.
    The unit I got to see had verizon branding on it. It was running on the rogers network. Damn fast too!
    09-22-13 09:55 PM
  8. raino's Avatar
    The STA100-2 now has a model# (thanks mttomas.) Also, looks like this model is Middle East bound (at least.)
    09-23-13 01:16 PM
  9. raino's Avatar
    STA100-5 is confirmed as well. I have no clue which region it's bound for. I just stuck Vivo and Claro in there (they are fully compatible, though.)
    bombastic likes this.
    09-24-13 05:50 PM
  10. Double_J75's Avatar
    Blackberry Z30 (Unlocked) (Black)


    This seems like a 100-2. I guess this wouldn't be ideal for the rogers network.
    09-25-13 09:33 PM
  11. raino's Avatar
    Blackberry Z30 (Unlocked) (Black)


    This seems like a 100-2. I guess this wouldn't be ideal for the rogers network.
    It could be I'm not all that familiar with Rogers' LTE deployments, but I do know that they have a LTE 2600 network, in addition to the LTE 1700 network. How well 2600 covers their coverage area, I don't know, which is why I didn't put Rogers as a compatible carrier for the -2.
    09-25-13 10:11 PM
  12. rajbir01's Avatar
    It could be I'm not all that familiar with Rogers' LTE deployments, but I do know that they have a LTE 2600 network, in addition to the LTE 1700 network. How well 2600 covers their coverage area, I don't know, which is why I didn't put Rogers as a compatible carrier for the -2.
    It doesnt look like any model has 1700 and 2600?

    Posted via CB10
    09-26-13 11:39 AM
  13. scook94's Avatar
    Why does the image imply the UK will get an STA100-2, yet the compatibility list below it say that the -2 is not compatible with the UK carriers?
    09-26-13 12:09 PM
  14. raino's Avatar
    It doesnt look like any model has 1700 and 2600?
    Yeah...none of the announced ones do currently. But you know what? Rogers' Q10 does not have the 1700 band either, and I haven't heard people complaining about lack of LTE, from which I infer that Rogers' LTE 2600 network must be pretty vast.

    Why does the image imply the UK will get an STA100-2, yet the compatibility list below it say that the -2 is not compatible with the UK carriers?
    The column in the image is Compatible Carriers, which means that the networks listed are fully (2G through LTE) compatible with the phone model everywhere that network exists in the country. The list below is of Potentially Compatible Carriers, which means that the phone is compatible, only if certain conditions are met. So for the -2, it is fully compatible with UK carriers, but only compatible with, say, AT&T's 3G/HSPA+ networks. I hope that clears things up.
    09-26-13 01:51 PM
  15. rajbir01's Avatar
    Raino, youre awesome. Thanks for the replies and help. One last one. Does z10 stl100-3 have 1700 and 2600?

    Posted via CB10
    09-26-13 02:34 PM
  16. raino's Avatar
    Raino, youre awesome. Thanks for the replies and help. One last one. Does z10 stl100-3 have 1700 and 2600?
    No. The STL100-2 has 2600, while STL100-3 has 1700 (we're talking about LTE bands.) But here's the thing: the Rogers-sold Z10 is the -3 while their primary Q10 is the SQN100-3, which has the 2600 MHz LTE band and no 1700 MHz band.
    09-26-13 02:58 PM
  17. fcsmyth's Avatar
    Why does the image imply the UK will get an STA100-2, yet the compatibility list below it say that the -2 is not compatible with the UK carriers?
    Now that the Z30 is selling in the UK, can anyone tell us if it is the STA100-2. If not which model is being sold by Selfridges?
    09-28-13 03:03 AM
  18. ofutur's Avatar
    All of this has been known for a while
    • R081 - Aristo STA100-1 NA
    • R089 - Astro STA100-2 EMEA
    • R096 - Anisio STA100-3 Verizon
    • R108 - Athos STA100-4 Sprint
    • R115 - Aramis STA100-5 (Asia/Americas)
    • R130 - Argos/ R104 Agosto () STA100-6 TD-LTE (China/India/Middle East) *Cancelled*
    • R137 - Astro X STA100-9 LTE same as -2, but for China


    You want the -2 in Europe and for Rogers it will depend on where you need to travel. -2 (2600Mhz) is used in a couple of European countries and is the only frequency supporting 150MBps, otherwise get the -1 designed for North America.
    Last edited by ofutur; 09-28-13 at 09:55 AM.
    09-28-13 09:35 AM
  19. raino's Avatar
    All of this has been known for a while
    • R081 - Aristo STA100-1 NA
    • R089 - Astro STA100-2 EMEA
    • R096 - Anisio STA100-3 Verizon
    • R108 - Athos STA100-4 Sprint
    • R115 - Aramis STA100-5 (Asia/Americas)
    • R130 - Argos/ R104 Agosto () STA100-6 TD-LTE (China/India/Middle East) *Cancelled*
    • R137 - Astro X STA100-9 LTE same as -2, but for China


    You want the -2 in Europe and for Rogers it will depend on where you need to travel. -2 (2600Mhz) is used in a couple of European countries and is the only frequency supporting 150MBps, otherwise get the -1 designed for North America.
    Well, all of this is not correct.

    There is a -6, and it does not have the Chinese/Indian TD LTE band.

    The -9 may have been cancelled (at least according to Bla1ze)

    Moreover, -2 looks to be the one bound for India.
    09-28-13 11:33 AM
  20. ofutur's Avatar
    Well, all of this is not correct.

    There is a -6, and it does not have the Chinese/Indian TD LTE band.

    The -9 may have been cancelled (at least according to Bla1ze)

    Moreover, -2 looks to be the one bound for India.
    -2 is for Europe, just like the Z10-2, same bands
    -9 is brand new and is for China. It's a copy of -2.
    -6 has been cancelled and had LTE bands 1,3,7,38,40,41

    Other source of confirmation:
    Different BlackBerry Z30 regional models (STA100-x) | BBin - India 's Best BlackBerry Community
    09-28-13 01:04 PM
  21. raino's Avatar
    -2 is for Europe, just like the Z10-2, same bands
    -9 is brand new and is for China. It's a copy of -2.
    -6 has been cancelled and had LTE bands 1,3,7,38,40,41

    Other source of confirmation:
    Different BlackBerry Z30 regional models (STA100-x) | BBin - India 's Best BlackBerry Community
    I've seen that link before, and it's not correct.

    BlackBerry Z30 - Manuals and Guides

    -6 has not been cancelled. -2 is for India also (considering it's the only separate manual that has safety and product information for India.)

    -9 may or may not be coming (I'm basing this on manual rollout.) If it's similar to -2, it's pointless to make another model because a. it doesn't have the LTE bands for China, and b. Any of the other models can be used for 3G/HSPA+ in China.
    09-28-13 02:26 PM
  22. ofutur's Avatar
    I've seen that link before, and it's not correct.

    BlackBerry Z30 - Manuals and Guides

    -6 has not been cancelled. -2 is for India also (considering it's the only separate manual that has safety and product information for India.)

    -9 may or may not be coming (I'm basing this on manual rollout.) If it's similar to -2, it's pointless to make another model because a. it doesn't have the LTE bands for China, and b. Any of the other models can be used for 3G/HSPA+ in China.
    -1 is RFV121LW
    -2 (Astro) is for EMEA and it works with Videocon in India. I have no idea why they have an extra entry on that page, they link to the same document.
    -3 is Verizon and also has CDMA. RFX101LW
    -4 is RGB141LW
    -9 (AstroX) has the same specs as -2, but maybe the software will look different. No certification, probably because it's the same device.
    -6 (Argos) is a mystery because it has not gone through the FCC yet, so it's impossible to see which phone they're really talking about. All I know is that it used to have these extra LTE bands and that it's now been wiped from the OS, so I'm wondering how they're planning on launching it, unless it was a glitch.
    In the safety document, it seems to be a pentaband version of 2, so maybe they're re-using the -2 platform with a different radio and it's not the -6 from the OS.
    Last edited by ofutur; 09-30-13 at 06:08 PM.
    09-28-13 04:37 PM
  23. ofutur's Avatar
    OK, I've looked at something more recent and they did switch -9 and -6, probably in order to not have a jump in model numbers.
    So Argos is cancelled and -9 has been removed.
    AstroX is now -6 and is a -2 with an extra LTE band.
    09-29-13 02:15 PM
  24. rav813's Avatar
    seems like the STA-1 variant is the one for AT&T and T-Mobile (LTE 2,4,5 [both] and LTE 17 for AT&T) and STA-3 is Verizon

    I also find it interesting that there is no variant with 4 & 7 band together, since Rogers' LTE Max is supposed to be LTE 7 (2600 MHz), as well as Bell's new upcoming LTE spectrum. Seems like they should've just added LTE 7 to STA-1
    09-29-13 04:09 PM
  25. raino's Avatar
    seems like the STA-1 variant is the one for AT&T and T-Mobile (LTE 2,4,5 [both] and LTE 17 for AT&T) and STA-3 is Verizon

    I also find it interesting that there is no variant with 4 & 7 band together, since Rogers' LTE Max is supposed to be LTE 7 (2600 MHz), as well as Bell's new upcoming LTE spectrum. Seems like they should've just added LTE 7 to STA-1
    Only listings close to finalized I would say are the -2, -5, and -6. Everything else is still subject to change. The 4 and 7 LTE bands not being together seemingly has become a norm for the "higher end" devices, rather than the exception. The Q10 was like this too.
    09-29-13 04:39 PM
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