Samsung Galaxy S5 models and frequencies

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I'm currently living in Australia and am about to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5, but am not sure which model to buy between the G900F and the G900I. The frequencies are as below:

G900F (Europe): 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

G900I (Aus): EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100

As I may be moving to Canada in the next few years and coming back to Koodo, which of these would be the better choice re:coverage, if either? Neither of them have 1700, which I believe is one of the 4G frequencies Koodo uses, but they both have 2100.

Thanks.
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I think that having one of them is enough but I'm not an expert in that domain
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Both will give you 3G data in Canada. European partial LTE, Aus. no LTE.

If you are happy with data speeds you currently get with a 3G phone in Australia, there should be no problem. Go with whatever one works best down under. Either one seems to have what you need.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...
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Thanks, that makes sense. Thanks for the link too.
Is it possible to estimate how much the partiality of the LTE on the European model will affect usage in Oakville/GTA area? The coverage maps don't seem to help much for having only 2100.

However I just looked up the 900I model on the official Australian Samsung website and it lists "4G LTE B1 (2,100), B2 (1,900), B3 (1,800), B5 (850), B7 (2,600), B8 (900), B40 (2,300), B28 (700)". I'm guessing that would give me partial LTE too?

I'll have to confirm with the company who made the listing as there seems to be some mistake with their description (ie. it's not actually 900I, or they got the frequency information wrong).
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Definitely have to double check frequencies, especially eBay items, as the descriptions are sometimes lifted from promotional material for other models.

Quoted from a Koodo employee on this board: "Just to confirm, phones that are uniquely GSM (2G) or CDMA will not work on Koodo's network. Koodo supports the following frequencies: 3G/HSPA 850/1900 and 4G/LTE 1700/2100MHz.

If your phone supports these bands, it should work provided it's unlocked."
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Just a quick questions like that. Why would you want to purchase the phone there in Australia?

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