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Asus Zenfone 8: Compatibility?

Mike901
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The specs are as follows.  Compatible with the Fido network?

Network

TechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bandsHSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 - International
 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 66, 71 - USA
5G bands1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 38, 77, 78 SA/NSA - International
 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 38, 40, 66, 71, 77, 78 SA/NSA - USA
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat20 2000/150 Mbps, 5G
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Mike901
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Sorry to trouble you all again, but I needed to be absolutely sure.

This is the U.S. version of the Zenfone 8.  It mentions in the listing that this phone that, while unlocked, is compatible only with GSM networks:

 

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/255012103689?hash=item3b5fe7e609:g:1K8AAOSwqI1gwhj4


As I understand it, GSM and CDMA are older 2G and 3G technologies that will be phased out of Rogers'/Fido's cellular network if they haven't been already.  Would this be an issue for phone regarding LTE compatibility with Fido?  Would I be risking certain features not working if I were to purchase this phone?

Thanks again.

Hello again,

 

  As you note, GSM only refers to 2G networks. While some providers had a 3G CDMA network, as far as I am aware, those remaining networks are now being decommissioned. The WCDMA/UMTS ('3G') and LTE (4G) are the same technology across the board. So the phone should work on the networks.

 


@Mike901 wrote:

...Would I be risking certain features not working if I were to purchase this phone?...


  As mentioned in a previous reply:

 


@Cawtau wrote:

...you should note that since the phone was not purchased from Fido, it's possible certain features (ie voLTE or Wifi-calling) might not work. That is, it might not be supported for voice calls over 4G networks. If that is the case, then voice calls would fall-back on to the 2G or '3G' networks. 


Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 


Mike901
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Thank you gentlefolk!

Cawtau
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Hello Mike901,

 

  Welcome to the community!

 

  In addition to what has already been mentioned, it should be noted that Rogers has already phased-out 1900MHz on the 2G and '3G' networks (see here). It is not clear as to how long the remaining GSM frequency will be available. Even if that frequency remains available on the GSM network, it's possible its footprint has been reduced as some 850MHz has been refarmed to the LTE network.

 

  I understand that it might have some compatible LTE or 4G bands/frequencies. However, you should note that since the phone was not purchased from Fido, it's possible certain features (ie voLTE or Wifi-calling) might not work. That is, it might not be supported for voice calls over 4G networks. If that is the case, then voice calls would fall-back on to the 2G or '3G' networks. 

 

Hope this helps 😀

 

Cheers

 


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Hello @Mike901,

 

Welcome to the community!

 

This is what is required for a device to work on the Fido network.

 

GSM, UMTS, HSPA and HSPA+ at 850 MHz.

 

To access LTE, the device must be compatible with one or more of the following:

  • 700 MHz on Band 12;
  • 850MHz on Band 5;
  • 1900 MHz on Band 2, Band 25;
  • 1700/2100 MHz on Band 4, Band 66;
  • 2600 MHz on Band 7.

Taken from here.

 


@Mike901 wrote:

The specs are as follows.  Compatible with the Fido network?

Network

Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 - International
  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 66, 71 - USA
5G bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 38, 77, 78 SA/NSA - International
  1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 38, 40, 66, 71, 77, 78 SA/NSA - USA
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat20 2000/150 Mbps, 5G

Depending on the version of the device you have the USA version has all the compatible bands the international version is missing bands 25 and 66 for LTE so depending on where you are and what towers are close by you could get problems with LTE connection. 

 

As for 5G Fid does not provide any 5G services so that would not matter.