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    Default Is the UK Galaxy S3 compatible with Spot Mobile in the U.S.?

    i have a samsung galaxy s3 unlocked in the UK. i will be in America from july to November so i want to be able to use my s3 over there. the carrier which is good for my phone is Spot Mobile. the trouble i have is that the sim card states that the phone needs to be on 1700mhz for hsdpa+ and 4g but according to the specs of the phones it doesnt support this. surely this cant be correct. i used a 4-5 year old arc s and it worked in america now a modern phone from the past 2 years wont get 3/4g network. is this correct or am i overlooking something. i would like some feedback from this. thanks.
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    Default re: Is the UK Galaxy S3 compatible with Spot Mobile in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by pne1234 View Post
    i have a samsung galaxy s3 unlocked in the UK. i will be in America from july to November so i want to be able to use my s3 over there. the carrier which is good for my phone is Spot Mobile. the trouble i have is that the sim card states that the phone needs to be on 1700mhz for hsdpa+ and 4g but according to the specs of the phones it doesnt support this. surely this cant be correct. i used a 4-5 year old arc s and it worked in america now a modern phone from the past 2 years wont get 3/4g network. is this correct or am i overlooking something. i would like some feedback from this. thanks.
    I am not exactly sure, myself. I looked at Wikipedia, and according to that site, there is no bands that match your device in America for 4G. 3G should be ok with either Tmobile or AT&T.

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    Default re: Is the UK Galaxy S3 compatible with Spot Mobile in the U.S.?

    Spot Mobile is a T-Mobile MVNO. Based on T-Mobile's spectrum you're looking at 1900MHz HSPA+ in considerably large markets and 1700MHz HSPA+ in the rest. Spot Mobile doesn't provide LTE service on the T-Mobile network, so it's just those two.

    From the Galaxy S3 UK specs page:

    EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHZ)
    HSPA+21 (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)

    Two of Spot Mobile's requirements are there, in bold. The one missing is 1700MHz HSPA+, which means you'll only have HSPA+ data if you're in one of T-Mobile's 1900MHz markets.
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    thanks so much, im not really that concerned about not using 4g but at least i can use 3g. thanks.
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    Default re: Is the UK Galaxy S3 compatible with Spot Mobile in the U.S.?

    Quote Originally Posted by pne1234 View Post
    thanks so much, im not really that concerned about not using 4g but at least i can use 3g. thanks.
    On behalf of Patrick, you are welcome. Hope that helps.

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