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Always on EDGE
My HTC One seems to only connect to EDGE data despite having 3G. I know that the area I'm at has coverage because people I know get 3G on their phones in that area. I ordered my phone unlocked from Negri Electronics and prior to placing the order I asked several Negri Care staff whether I'll be able to use this phone in the UAE on my carrier (Etisalat) and use 3G/4G networks with no issues and they all confirmed without hesitation that it will work with no problems whatsoever.
This is the specifications found on the phone's page on Negri Electronics:
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
And this is my carriers':
2100 MHz UMTS, HSPA+
1800 MHz LTE
I have Network Mode in my phone's Mobile network settings set to GSM Only. The other network mode options are WCDMA only, GSM/WCDMA auto, and GSM/WCDMA/LTE auto. I have it set to GSM only as I don't think my carrier supports WCDMA, although they do support 4G LTE, I am not subscribed to the 4G mobile network. However, I have tried the other network modes and I still get E.
As you can see from the screenshots below, I get the EDGE symbol with an up and down arrow. And the arrows constantly change (sometimes both arrows are on, sometimes one or the other, and other times none).