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    Question Will the Moto G 4g/LTE phone work with the Three in the UK?

    I'm considering buying the Moto G 4g/LTE. Will it work on the Three network (including 4g) in the UK?
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    You may have to set it to 3G unless you find yourself in a 4G area....Three is still rolling out 4G area by area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AC Question View Post
    I'm considering buying the Moto G 4g/LTE. Will it work on the Three network (including 4g) in the UK?
    You don't say if you are buying it in a different country. Three uses the LTE 1800 and 800 bands.
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    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    I live in London and I would buy the phone on Amazon.co.uk.

    My partner has a Samsung S4 Galaxy with Three and she gets 4g coverage at our house.

    On the 3 Wikipedia page it lists these frequencies:

    2100 MHz UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+42 3G
    800 MHz LTE (from 2014) 4G
    1800 MHz LTE

    On the Motorola Moto G landing page it lists these modes:

    4G
    CDMA: 850/1900
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

    This seems to suggest it will work with both 3G and 4G (provided the network coverage is available in my location), is this correct?

    Thanks everyone for your help.
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    Almost certainly but if you're buying from Amazon you have the added security of their 30 day returns policy
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLL727 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    I live in London and I would buy the phone on Amazon.co.uk.

    My partner has a Samsung S4 Galaxy with Three and she gets 4g coverage at our house.

    On the 3 Wikipedia page it lists these frequencies:

    2100 MHzUMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+423G
    800 MHzLTE (from 2014) 4G
    1800 MHzLTE

    On the Motorola Moto G landing page it lists these modes:

    4G
    CDMA: 850/1900
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

    This seems to suggest it will work with both 3G and 4G (provided the network coverage is available in my location), is this correct?

    Thanks everyone for your help.
    You'll be fine then.
    Sorry to put you to the trouble. I had read many networks/carriers in the US have phones set up for the carriers own frequency bands only, and cannot be moved across.

    I have a 7 month old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 off Amazon UK. I swtiched to Three on Thursday after 2 years on Talkmobile that had 3G only. Three asked me where I got my phone so Amazon is fine.
    They have new sim plans that allow 4gb of tethering instead of 2gb on all 'All you can eat data' plans.
    @Belodion is also on Three if I remember. They don't have the greatest 4G capacity, and I only see 4G on my phone, but it's generally faster than 3G.
    I am thinking of selling my 2 yr old GS2 for a Moto G as my 2nd phone.
    Enjoy.

    (from TechRadar.com
    http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-an...to-know-926835

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madd54 View Post
    I had read many networks/carriers in the US have phones set up for the carriers own frequency bands only, and cannot be moved across.
    With the exception of individual devices like the Nexus 5, this is very true. AT&T and Tmobile are getting a little better at sharing bands, but it more depends on the phone and how old it is. If the phone is from Verizon or Sprint, usually the phone is stuck to that specific network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    With the exception of individual devices like the Nexus 5, this is very true. AT&T and Tmobile are getting a little better at sharing bands, but it more depends on the phone and how old it is. If the phone is from Verizon or Sprint, usually the phone is stuck to that specific network.
    I checked on Motorola UK, seeing what the OP reported.

    It doesn't have the 800 band (nearest 850) but has the 1800. Both which Three use.
    I learned the lower frequency has less capacity but much longer range for rural areas. So the Moto G will work on Three but may lose 4G in more areas?
    I don't understand this much. Something for @dpham00 or your good self to advise the OP on.

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    It depends on how 3 deployed their 4GLTE network. I am not that familiar, though on Verizon, they use the 700MHz nationwide in the usa, and slowly deploying 1700/2100 MHz first in high load areas.

    Keep in mind that 800mhz would be better for building penitration too.

    If 3 deployed both 800 and 1800 in a number of areas, my recommendation would be to find a device that supports both bands to get the best coverage. If you only need coverage at specific locations then you can always buy it and test to see if it has coverage where you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    With the exception of individual devices like the Nexus 5, this is very true. AT&T and Tmobile are getting a little better at sharing bands, but it more depends on the phone and how old it is. If the phone is from Verizon or Sprint, usually the phone is stuck to that specific network.
    Really depends on the device. The Verizon 5s and 5c are factory sim unlocked and support all the bands for tmobile and att. Most other current Verizon 4GLTE smartphones are factory sim unlocked as well, though might not support all the bands. Att and tmobile phones are sim locked to the carrier though can be unlocked if you meet criteria. I know some tmobile phones do not support all the LTE bands used by att.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    It depends on how 3 deployed their 4GLTE network. I am not that familiar, though on Verizon, they use the 700MHz nationwide in the usa, and slowly deploying 1700/2100 MHz first in high load areas.

    Keep in mind that 800mhz would be better for building penitration too.

    If 3 deployed both 800 and 1800 in a number of areas, my recommendation would be to find a device that supports both bands to get the best coverage. If you only need coverage at specific locations then you can always buy it and test to see if it has coverage where you need it.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    Many thanks. Yes I forgot building penetration. So the 800 band is good for cities as well.

    I am planning to bring it up on a thread now I have switched.

    Excerpts from a December TechRadar article from the link above. (I don't know how to find an AC article) - - - -
    ADDED: reading it again they may make use of 800 more than 1800.




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    Btw, sounds like the Moto g is an international version, not a UK specific version, since it doesn't support 800 MHz, which is only used in region 1. 1800 MHz is used in all 3 regions, but to varying degrees. Of note, the Verizon iPhone 5s which is factory sim unlocked does support both 800 and 1800 MHz. Nice to know if I ever go to the UK. The att and tmobile versions support as well but are sim locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLL727 View Post
    Thanks everyone for the responses.

    I live in London and I would buy the phone on Amazon.co.uk.

    My partner has a Samsung S4 Galaxy with Three and she gets 4g coverage at our house.

    On the 3 Wikipedia page it lists these frequencies:

    2100 MHzUMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+423G
    800 MHzLTE (from 2014) 4G
    1800 MHzLTE

    On the Motorola Moto G landing page it lists these modes:

    4G
    CDMA: 850/1900
    UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900

    This seems to suggest it will work with both 3G and 4G (provided the network coverage is available in my location), is this correct?

    Thanks everyone for your help.
    OP Let us know if you have ordered yet. A little concerned it may not work. You have time to cancel anyhow.
    Seems Three will mostly use the 800 band, though they bought part of the 1800 band from EE.
    I would check in a store or with Support.
    They don't list the Moto G on their site and that may be a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    Btw, sounds like the Moto g is an international version, not a UK specific version, since it doesn't support 800 MHz, which is only used in region 1. 1800 MHz is used in all 3 regions, but to varying degrees. Of note, the Verizon iPhone 5s which is factory sim unlocked does support both 800 and 1800 MHz. Nice to know if I ever go to the UK. The att and tmobile versions support as well but are sim locked.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    Yeh. It listed that spec on the Motorola UK site too.
    As the OP lived in London I assumed he would be mostly covered by the 1800 band. Three bought some 800 spectrum on a government auction, and they had bought some 1800 off EE previously but couldn't use it for a year.
    Vodafone and EE also use the 2600 band.
    Vodafone paid £690 million in 2012 I think, closely followed by EE and O2 (800 only).
    Three paid least but for a smaller amount of the 800 band.
    A lot of dough to make up.

    http://m.techradar.com/news/phone-an...to-know-926835

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    Madd54: Thank you for all the info.

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