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  1. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Hey folks!

    Figured I'd start a thread for people with an unlocked G4, specifically the H-815 version which to my understanding is the UK version. I would like to thank Android Central / Mobile Nations and LG for this opportunity to review this great device we're all eagerly anticipating!

    I have connected my unit with T-Mobile's $30 Walmart pre-paid plan and so far everything is working ok. My only concern so far is that data speeds are not fast enough so im thinking this device isnt connecting to tmobiles LTE bands. I was going through the settings and came across the pic I've attached. The mode with LTE doesnt work so I have to keep it in the modes that do work which are GSM and/or WCDMA. I also understand it may be the pre-paid plan im on so if anyone else has their unit connected with tmobile with a better plan, please chime in this thread with your results. I look forward to reviewing this device with all of you!
    Attached Thumbnails Global unlocked G4 (LG-H815) users....-1432568338710.jpg  
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    05-25-2015 10:47 AM
  2. maxburn's Avatar
    Would you mind trying a AT&T GoPhone SIM for a month? I'm curious if that phone would work better with AT&T. I haven't really looked into the bands yet, I was figuring on getting the straight up AT&T version but I would prefer a global unlocked version.

    Too bad you didn't get LTE with T-Mobile.
    05-25-2015 11:48 AM
  3. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Would you mind trying a AT&T GoPhone SIM for a month? I'm curious if that phone would work better with AT&T. I haven't really looked into the bands yet, I was figuring on getting the straight up AT&T version but I would prefer a global unlocked version.

    Too bad you didn't get LTE with T-Mobile.
    I'll try this week if its at a reasonable price and if it'll give me LTE speeds for sure.
    05-25-2015 12:09 PM
  4. tardus's Avatar
    I'll try this week if its at a reasonable price and if it'll give me LTE speeds for sure.
    You have to manually enter the T-Mobile APN in settings to get LTE.

    Edit - for T-Mobile:

    https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2090#subhead1

    When you buy a T-Mobile branded phone this information is prepopulated. If not, the APN has to be entered.
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    05-25-2015 01:42 PM
  5. Murph5150's Avatar
    I can't get mine activated. I had intended on putting it on a family plan for an extra $15/month. I'm hesitant to go buy an AT&T SIM on a prepaid plan in case it doesn't work. T-mobile just sucks in my area and if the data speeds are slow, there is no point in going T-mobile.

    I have to remind myself I'm only supposed to demo this device and not drop too much money into activating the phone. If Walmart will accept the phone as a return in case it doesn't work, then I'll try using AT&T's network.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-25-2015 01:47 PM
  6. maxburn's Avatar
    I can't get mine activated. I had intended on putting it on a family plan for an extra $15/month. I'm hesitant to go buy an AT&T SIM on a prepaid plan in case it doesn't work. T-mobile just sucks in my area and if the data speeds are slow, there is no point in going T-mobile.

    I have to remind myself I'm only supposed to demo this device and not drop too much money into activating the phone. If Walmart will accept the phone as a return in case it doesn't work, then I'll try using AT&T's network.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    If you go to a AT&T owned store (not a reseller) the SIM is free and you only owe what the GoPhone plan you chose costs for the month.

    For T-Mobile I got a couple SIMs from them a while back for free online and then you can activate online for a month of prepaid service.

    Bottom line is you should be able to look around a bit and get into any prepaid plan for free plus the cost of a month of service somehow and no further commitment. Howardforums has a lot of info on this stuff but prepaid is definitely the way to go.
    05-25-2015 02:08 PM
  7. erwaso's Avatar
    So it's safe to say I can drop my G3 at&t sim into the unlocked international G4 and it will work fine?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-25-2015 03:53 PM
  8. GrooveRite's Avatar
    You have to manually enter the T-Mobile APN in settings to get LTE.

    Edit - for T-Mobile:

    https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2090#subhead1

    When you buy a T-Mobile branded phone this information is prepopulated. If not, the APN has to be entered.
    THIS ABSOLUTELY WORKED!!! I now have 4G speeds and DAMN its fast!!! I also switched to network mode with LTE and rebooted and I now have 4G. Thanks Tardus, you are the man!! 😃
    05-25-2015 04:27 PM
  9. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    THIS ABSOLUTELY WORKED!!! I now have 4G speeds and DAMN its fast!!! I also switched to network mode with LTE and rebooted and I now have 4G. Thanks Tardus, you are the man!! 😃
    Of course! The APN settings. Duh. Glad you got it working!

    Posted via my Galaxy Tab S 8.4" running IronROM v2.x
    05-25-2015 05:08 PM
  10. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    So it's safe to say I can drop my G3 at&t sim into the unlocked international G4 and it will work fine?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    You will have to manually add the APN settings, but it should.

    Posted via my Galaxy Tab S 8.4" running IronROM v2.x
    05-25-2015 05:10 PM
  11. GrooveRite's Avatar
    Before and after......😃
    Attached Thumbnails Global unlocked G4 (LG-H815) users....-1432596037097.jpg   Global unlocked G4 (LG-H815) users....-1432596050597.jpg  
    05-25-2015 06:20 PM
  12. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Night and day difference between them... Glad you got it working

    Posted via the Android Central App from my HTC m8 till my LG g4 comes in.
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    05-25-2015 07:16 PM
  13. elysm1's Avatar
    Can someone please confirm that LTE works on AT&T? I'm pretty sure that it will but it would be nice to be positive of it. Thank you in advance!
    05-25-2015 08:13 PM
  14. RoadTripHD's Avatar
    Can someone please confirm that LTE works on AT&T? I'm pretty sure that it will but it would be nice to be positive of it. Thank you in advance!
    I would like to know this as well. I have a Galaxy Note4 on AT&T. I understand that the Sim card is a different size. So my plan was to buy the International version (H-815) and then go to an AT&T store and have them put in a proper Sim card and get it working, IF it will get LTE... I'm unclear on that.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
    05-25-2015 09:16 PM
  15. tardus's Avatar
    Can someone please confirm that LTE works on AT&T? I'm pretty sure that it will but it would be nice to be positive of it. Thank you in advance!
    I don't have AT&T but there's no reason why it shouldn't work, but not not every single LTE band may be supported in your area. Also, carrier features that require a branded AT&T phone like VoLTE and AT&T HD Voice will not work.
    For LTE bands compatibility see: http://forums.androidcentral.com/lg-...equencies.html
    Find out what LTE bands are available in the areas that you frequent.

    The AT&T model of the G4 will arguably work better on AT&T than the H815, but I imagine that for many users it won't make much of a difference.
    So in summary I can't promise it will work to your satisfaction.
    05-25-2015 09:46 PM
  16. tardus's Avatar
    Before and after......
    That is a fast speed! On my G3 the LTE speeds are 21.87/15.39.
    05-25-2015 09:51 PM
  17. Eternal 28's Avatar
    Can someone please confirm that LTE works on AT&T? I'm pretty sure that it will but it would be nice to be positive of it. Thank you in advance!
    Yes. I have AT&T 4G Lte on my H815. Right now I'm connected to band 17.
    05-25-2015 11:38 PM
  18. GrooveRite's Avatar
    That is a fast speed! On my G3 the LTE speeds are 21.87/15.39.
    Oh absolutely! Its blown away my Sprint LTE G3 as well! This isn't looking good for me keeping Sprint, lol!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Attached Thumbnails Global unlocked G4 (LG-H815) users....-screenshot_2015-05-24-00-12-35.jpg  
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    05-25-2015 11:41 PM
  19. Eternal 28's Avatar
    AT&T 4G LTE band 17.
    Attached Thumbnails Global unlocked G4 (LG-H815) users....-1432615452319.jpg  
    05-25-2015 11:44 PM
  20. GrooveRite's Avatar
    AT&T 4G LTE band 17.
    Is this with the h815 model G4?

    Edit: nm i just scrolled back and read you have one.
    05-25-2015 11:48 PM
  21. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    Yes. I have AT&T 4G Lte on my H815. Right now I'm connected to band 17.
    Nice! That also means the big 3 in Canada (Bell, Telus, Rogers) will also work, as they use the same bands as AT&T.
    05-26-2015 12:11 AM
  22. elysm1's Avatar
    Yes. I have AT&T 4G Lte on my H815. Right now I'm connected to band 17.
    Thank you so much for confirming that!
    05-26-2015 09:10 AM
  23. elysm1's Avatar
    I had asked this question in another thread and never got a response; where do updates for an unlocked phone come from? Direct from LG?
    05-26-2015 09:30 AM
  24. tardus's Avatar
    I had asked this question in another thread and never got a response; where do updates for an unlocked phone come from? Direct from LG?
    That's a good question. They come direct from LG so should arrive earlier than carrier updates. Think about it. For every major udate - from Kitkat to Lollopop for example T-mobile and AT&T have to add their own unique features - for T-Mobile - wi-fi calling, HD Voice etc and this is a bear from a programming standpoint. It is not a trivial exercise. The unlocked global versions - for better or worse - have none of these add-ons so the updates are much faster. But still way behind Nexus updates.
    05-26-2015 10:25 AM
  25. GrooveRite's Avatar
    I simply cannot believe how fast my data is on this device! Its just really making me realize how behind Sprint's LTE service has been for me compared to T-Mobile. I'm in New York City....Sprint should be KILLING IT here with their service but they're not. I've been with Sprint for 14 YEARS!! I think the time has come to move on from them.
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    05-26-2015 12:29 PM
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