Buying phone abroard - network frequency compatabiliy

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Hi, I'm looking to buy one of two phones from abroad; either the THL Knight 2 or the Homtom S9 Plus. However I'm aware there might be some issues with these phones working on the Koodo Network. But I'm afraid I'm not smart enough to work out if this is the case!

The Bands these phones use are as follows:

THL Knight 2:
  2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
 4G: FDD-TLE 1/3/7/20(2100/1800/2600/800MHz)

Homtom S9 Plus:
2G: GSM B5(850)/B8(900)/B3(1800)/B2(1900) 
3G: WCDMA B1(2100)/B8(900)
 4G: FDD-LTE B1(2100)/B3(1800)/B7(2600)/B20(800)

I tried using 'will my phone work' but the website didn't have either of these models on there. Any help anybody could provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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Oliver

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Allan, Mobile Master

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Both of those phones will only be useable with LTE-a where band 7 is present.

You are going to want to look for
3G: 850 and 1900MHz
LTE: Band 4 (1700/2100)
LTE-a: Band 7 (2600) and 700MHz frequencies.
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To clarify, Koodo currently only uses 3G for Talk and Text.  Meaning you will need the 3G bands no matter what
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Oliver

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Perfect - looks like I've dodged a bullet by waiting to check this. Many thanks to you both!
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BobTheElectrician

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If you are shopping offshore, look for handsets that are compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile in the US. Most vendors will just scratch their heads if you mention Koodo.
Am I able to change frequencies on my Homtom S9 plus? I'm only getting E on Metro PCS service.
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Your phone by default searches for the best and highest end network to connect to. You can ensure in network settings that you have network selection set to lte/wcdma/GSM. Where you are likely has only edge available. If you wanted to be 100% sure you can go into manual network selection mode and see what networks pop up in a scan. If anything better than edge/gsm pops up, you can try connecting to it.