Galaxy Note 3

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Hello Friends,

Can somebody tell me why Koodo is always reluctant to offer the Galaxy Note 3 to its customers? Many guys like this phone, not the old galaxy note 2.

When will the Galaxy Note 3 be announced by Koodo? I'm tired of waiting.

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Sunny.
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Posted 4 years ago

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Not enough demand. I doubt any business would turn down meaningful size of business opportunities. I assume they must have done some kind of assessment and came to the conclusion that there aren't enough people in the market they are after that would warrant carrying this phone.

That said one can always just buy the phone, have it unlocked and use it with koodo. Yes, it does require paying full price for the phone upfront, I get that.
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As much as I like (and also dislike!) my Note 3, I have yet to see anyone else rocking one, so while they're very popular devices, I'd bet they're still way less popular than S4's/iPhones. Later this year, or early 2015, Koodo may pull a OldNote2 and release the N3, but it remains to be seen.
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Fingers crossed on that happening, its the only phone I'd trade my Nexus 5 for at the moment
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Considering Koodo got the Note 2 around the time Telus discontinued it (same with the S IIX) I'd say you most likely will need to wait for the Note 4 to come out if you want to get a Note 3 on the tab.
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Thanks friends,

I so much appreciate all your opinions & comments. I would like to see more people joining up to talk about Galaxy Note 3 to show Koodo that those in love with Galaxy Note 3 are so many. If Koodo wants to scare us away to join other carriers, let it be made clear. This issue is worth talking about; we have been keeping quiet for so long & waiting in vain.

Another important point is that there are so many versions or variants of Galaxy Note 3 as follows:
SM-N900W8 – Canada Galaxy Note 3
SM-N9005 – International Galaxy Note 3
SM-N9000 – Exynos Galaxy Note 3 (India)
SM-N9002 – Galaxy Note 3 Dous
SM-N9006 – China Galaxy Note 3 WCDMA
SM-N9008 – China Galaxy Note 3 TD-SCDMA
SM-N9009 – China/CDMA Galaxy Note 3 CDMA
SM-N900A – U.S. AT&T Galaxy Note 3
SM-N900T – U.S. T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3
SM-N900P – U.S. Sprint Galaxy Note 3
SM-N900V – U.S. Verizon Galaxy Note 3
SM-N900S – Snapdragon Galaxy Note 3 LTE class-A
SM-N900Q – Turkey Galaxy Note 3.

Which one will Koodo supply to its customers? N900W8 or N9005? From my past experience and what I read from different forums, the N9005 (International Unlocked Version) will be the best for 2 main reasons:
(1) It has the option of changing the Android Operating system to any language of your choice, no restriction to 3 languages as I have in my current Galaxy SII X (SGH-T989D) supplied by Koodo.

(2) In a short period of time, the N9005 unlocked received the Kit Kat 4.4.2 updates four times in Europe. This way, we do not have to wait until TELUS or Koodo reluctantly releases an update or upgrade. If Koodo will continue to delay an upgrade to its customers, then what is the need for Koodo wanting to catch new customers by telling them to bring their unlocked phones (many from different countries) to Koodo?

Stay connected & let’s share knowledge.

Sunny.
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Koodo will never get the unlocked version of any phone other than the Nexus phones which only come unlocked as the customer will have no reason to stay after buying it and you'll have a bunch of ppl buying Koodo stock to use on other carriers which no carrier wants to have to deal with.
Koodo already has to deal with it when they offer phones cheaper than everyone else and have customers coming and buying up the stock so there's not any available when actual koodo customers what to get the ohone, and its the reason the prepaid cost of phones are now higher to deter this from happening.

The unlocked international models of Samsung phones always get a bunch of updates because they are the test phones that find the bugs Samsung missed and then they fix them until they seem to be all found and then they release that update with no bugs on the rest of the world after making the adjustments needed.I know this because ai had the unlocked international Note 2 when it first came out and it happened with it.
Its done this way so the mass of ppl don't get a bug that may cripple part or all of the phone and carriers don't want to have to deal with that and the backlash from customers. Its part of a process that protects you so don't think its all bad man, its done for a very good reason.

If you really want the unlocked international model why don't you just buy it from expansys.Ca like I did as chances are koodo isn't going to carry it any time soon if at all.
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IF Koodo ever gets it, it will most likely be the same model as Telus got. It's been the same with any other phone that had a variety of models (such as the S IIX).
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Thanks for sharing your experience, Paul & Jorden.

The issue of what phone to buy is still very important as regards the updates and upgrades. Good cell phones are much more expensive than laptops. The Operators & Manufacturers control the market as they want and sometimes I do think whether it is worth buying all these expensive phones with a short life cycle. For example, I've read that Galaxy III will be having its last upgrade with Android 5. I have tried custom ROMs in the past and I do not like them too much.

What is clear here is that we should always be ready to dump the phones in the garbage after 3 or 4 years since Samsung will no longer be interested in supplying updates for older phones.

Do you think it would be good to have a Galaxy that updates & upgrades directly from Google's Android? Which one?

Regards,
Sunny.
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Good cellphones are not "much more expensive than laptops". They are much more expensive than CHEAP laptops. By the same token, they are also much more expensive than CHEAP cellphones. A top quality laptop will cost you $1000 or more, maybe twice that, and has the same 4-5 year life expectancy. There are very few high end cellphones in the $1000-$2000 range.
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Timo is right. I've owned 5 laptops, only two of which were good. The two good ones were not cheap: an IBM ThinkPad T21 (my first laptop, ran for 8 years before dying), and an ASUS Zenbook Prime. I don't recall what the retail price was for the T21 (I paid around $400-500 for a used one on eBay in 2003), but the entry level model in Lenovo's current T-series is ~$1500. I lucked out with buying the Zenbook Prime when Costco was selling it for $800 as it was released for roughly the same ~$1500 sticker price.

The bad laptops were all sub-$500, with an exception of an $800 HP POS.
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Thanks, Timo and Ivan for your contribution. I hope your experience will help readers to think about their choices before buying a cell phone.
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Thank you all for this info. If I buy the N9005 will I be able to use it on Koodo?
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Yes.
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Hi Dave,

I believe you will be able to use the SM-N9005 on Koodo and other Canadian carriers for the following reasons. The network connectivity of N9005 is as follows:

Infra = GSM, HSPA+, LTE
2G = GSM, GPRS, EDGE (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHz)
3G = HSPA+ (850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100MHz)
4G = LTE (800 / 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 2,100 / 2,600MHz) dependent on market.
source: http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/mo...

AND

Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...
shows that TELUS (same as Koodo) are using the frequencies 850MHz and 1,900MHz.

I hope this answers your question. Whoever has more let him or her add to this or correct me.
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If there was no name attached to this post, I would have sworn it would be from rikkster. That's a precise and detailed answer.
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I bought the N9005 - works perfectly and I love it! Thanks all for the guidance :)
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I'm glad you're happy with the phone, Dave:)

Regards,
Sunny.

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