Considering purchasing phone in China

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I’m considering purchasing a Huawei Honor V10 phone in China. Currently not sold in Canada. I’m not sure if it will be compatible with Koodo’s data network. The answer given by the clerk there wasn’t overly clear. How do I find out whether the phone would work?
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Goran, Mobile Master

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You can check wollmyphonework.net to see if just about any phone will work with just about any carrier in the world. You're looking for 850/1900mhz for 3g and 1700/2100mhz or 2500/2600mhz for LTE nationwide.
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Frequencies used by Koodo:

Somewhere down the line, you will be complaining that you have no connection unless the handset supports all of:

HSPA 3G  850/1900 Bands 5 & 2 and
1700/2100 which must be paired together as Band 4 for LTE.

2600 and 700 are optional frequencies at this point, but would be good to have in future.

When dealing with overseas suppliers, look for AT&T or T-Mobile compatibilty.

Fast check site:  www.willmyphonework.net

A little more detailed:  https://www.frequencycheck.com/countries
Happy shopping. Warranties on grey market phones can be an issue, so keep that in mind.
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hi Jason,
You could check the compatibility at this website: https://willmyphonework.net/
If your model isn't on the list, you are looking for a model that have:
3G: 850Mhz/1900Mhz.
LTE: band 4 1700/2100 MHz (AWS)
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I asked the seller about compatibility and the response (translated from Chinese) was “4G(LTE) has over 40 bands,BND-AL10/BND-AL00/BND-TL10 supports FDD-LTE bands 1/3.” I’m not sure what this means...can anyone provide any insight?
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I believe that 38 will also work as it uses the same 2600mhz but cant say for certain. You're best off finding a other phone or submodel with more compatible lte bands.
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The minimum, as stated above:

HSPA 3G  850/1900 Bands 5 & 2 and
1700/2100 which must be paired together as Band 4 for LTE.
If it won't work on AT&T, you are wasting your time. Any reputable seller will know which model works with the big US carriers.
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Thanks. They just confirmed they don’t support Band 4.
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FDD LTE is what we use in North America.
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FDD LTE is what we use in North America.