should I buy this unlocked smartphone?

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Besides the IMEI number (which I don't know, because I haven't bought the phone on ebay yet) how do I know if a phone will work on the Koodo network?

I'm considering buying an unlocked Motorola Droid Razr XT912.
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You could determine via the frequency. Beyond that, there's no other way other than the IMEI or trying an active Koodo sim card in the phone.
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You have to be careful with the phones you buy online, sometime clients buy them and at the time of activation they don't work for several reasons or could be lost/stolen devices whose IMEI's have been blocked...

As Myke said, best bet will be to try a SIM CARD to see if it works, or get to the store and take advantage of the Koodo promotions and the TAB to get your phone at a reduced price...

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Koodo's 3G network requires phones with UMTS-CLR (850 MHz) and UMTS-PCS (1900 MHz) operating bands. These bands will be listed under 3G, UMTS, HSPA, or WCDMA bands/frequencies. A phone having only one of these bands can work, but at greatly reduced coverage so I would only recommend using a phone with both bands.
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Koodo operates on HSPA 850/1900, LTE Band 4 (AWS)

According to
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
CDMA 800 / 1900

3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G Network LTE 700 MHz Class 13 - for Verizon

So it would seem you would get 3G on Koodo with that phone. No LTE.
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I'm not sure how much I trust that page. It specifies a Rogers and Verizon variants and doesn't point out whether it's the same phone with a hybrid CDMA/UMTS radio.
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Ask the seller for the IMEI number prior to purchase. Inform the seller you're interested in the device and that you simply need the IMEI number to run it through the network compatibility tool to verify if it will work on the Koodo network.

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