allanmac wrote:I was surprised to get 3G service at my home on Tmobile. I wasn't expecting any service until I drove into town.
The iNew is limited in to 3G top speed. In the US it will only work on Tmobile and ATT.
@deadhp1, do you know what 3G frequency on TMO the i2000 managed to attach to? Is it 1900?
I always see the i2000 listed as only supporting 850/2100 so I'm surprised TMO is working at all. TMO USA is refarming 1900 MHz to 3G in many cities but that still doesn't explain why it works.
There have been numerous reports of the MTK6589 chipsets seeing T-Mobile 3G but never connecting. The fact is that any MTK6589 based phone is not going to support 1900MHz 3G, which is pretty sad. If you have AT&T or are using an AT&T MVNO(Net10, certain StraightTalk sims that are no longer sold.) you will be able to use 3G on the 850MHz towers.
I purchased the i2000 from Geekbuying and my wife has been using it for a week. There is no T-Mobile signal whatsoever where I live, only AT&T. This is not an issue for us since she does not use data. While I can see AT&T 2G and 3G just fine, I can only connect to 2G. This is expected for T-Mobile prepaid accounts, my iPhone does the same thing, EDGE only on the AT&T tower while my iPad does "4G" on the same tower.
Since 3G is not usable, I have disabled it.
Battery life on this phone is phenomenal. My wife never charges her phone because she doesn't use it all the time. I end up being the one to charge it for her. I am happy to report that the phone has been mostly in standby for over 75 hours and is down to 74% battery remaining. I'm planning on leaving it off the charger just to see how long it lasts. She only checks email and calendars on the phone once or twice a day, and talks to me on the phone for maybe fifteen minutes.
-3G is disabled
-GPS is disabled
-BT is disabled
-WiFi is enabled
-2G is enabled on one SIM (Data disabled)
-The second sim is disabled.
I may do some 3G testing next week on Net10 and let you know how the speeds compare with my iPad 3.
P.S. The Net10 AT&T sims you get off ebay for a dollar will work fine. Net10 is owned by the same company as StraightTalk, they just decided to stop offering AT&T SIMs on StraightTalk, probably because they are charging $50/month for the same thing on Net10.