Always Know what you buy – 2014 edition

I say again: Always know what you buy. This is a mantra with me. And it can actually be pretty important.

So? what does it matter what I get? Isn’t all phones the same?

Simple answer is: No, not even CLOSE.

  • American carrier phones (at&t, verizon, etc) all got each own little special “things”. Like special bands for LTE and so on. Verizon being a mostly CDMA network, can be extra tricky.
  • European LTE bands might differ from Asian LTE bands.
  • 3G connection can use different bands as well.
  • A network/carrier specific phone can have limitations when it comes to wifi hotspot use etc. Some phones might need a certain data-pack for the hotspot to even work, esp on American carrier phones.
  • Be locked to a certain network/carrier, so you need to sim-unlock the phone in order to use it on your network (assuming it’s not the same).
  • On some carrier/network phones, you need to debrand the entire phone in order to get some functions to work. Like wifi hotspot (mentioned a bit up).
  • A network/carrier phone can act in a way a regular non-branded HTC phones doesn’t, simply because of the carrier/network things added to it.
  • Languages, if you buy an One M8 from Sweden (nice country, I live there) and intend to use it in France: you will not find French on it. Since a Swedish M8 got the Nordic languages on it. But, this is easy to fix. Read about how HERE

And:  you might not get updates OTA (Over The Air) with an American carrier phones if you are outside that. Sometimes there’s ways around that, like AT&T offers a RUU for this (file with update in). But, this is not always the case. This might happened with European network locked phones as well.

So, Google a phone you want to buy. Google the model number (found in tiny print on the lower part on the back of the phone). Does it say AT&T on it, then it might be an AT&T phone. Which: just be aware of what it is. And: as always, if you’re not sure what it is. Google on it. Or ask in here, you might get much quicker response on my Facebook page tho.

So, in short: Know your parameters, like what bands your networks.  And know what you buy, what version of the phone etc. Since it’s a lot of money, it’s worth that little extra check.