A word of warning:
While the phone does work in Wind/Mobi, the data speeds are sub standard VS say a Galaxy S2 x. My average dl is under 1Mbps. Uploads are a paltry 30kbps.
I have hit 2Mbps down And 1Mbps up but that is an extreme rarity.
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It is not worth signing up for a contract anywhere to get hardware.
Hardware prices fall in value as time goes by and newer models come out.
My suggestion would be that you buy the Note online from any seller at as low of a price point as you can, then get it rooted/unlocked yourself or from someone to use with Mobi/Wind. Don't worry about higher prices due to the phone having warranty .. as the warranty is going to get voided the moment you start modifying it to set it up for Mobi/Wind usage. If someone says they have a pentaband version, it would be in your best interest to ask them if it is ready for use on AWS carriers. Specifications wise, the Note could be pentaband ... but so are few other Androids which require mods before becoming capable of working on AWS.
Enjoy the unlimited data. Also, there are plenty of Wi-Fi spots available nowadays if you find data is slower on the go.
In my opinion, some of the best experiences on Mobilicity are had on the Note!
where did you get it unlocked to do that? would like my Bell NOTE to work on Wind ??? thx
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Has anyone bought a note from canadagsm.ca? I'd like to know of they're reliable.
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I bought one.
came in 2 days
pre rooted, unlocked, and modem flashed to unlock AWS band.
shipped in original box (opened) but only a bubblewrap envelope for protection. shipped via UPS
its an AT&T model and branded as such too. the logo is at the top of the phone in silver. at the bottom it says samsung.
worked fine out of the box. Wind picks up signal pretty quick. Mobilicity takes like 5 minutes
they take paypal.
Canadagsm also has an American store called Worldsim or something.
surprisingly, these guys are still the cheapest i've found, since i bought mine. I paid $670 after taxed and 2 day shipping
there's a NEW modem out derived from the TMobile Note posted on XDA forums by "jeet92" the modem is called "test_4" in the DEV section. best one so far. reception and upload speeds have gone way up.
HOWEVER, i still thing the Tmobile version is the way to go if you have the option. there are some hardware differences like Lack of LTE but no AWS carrier even has LTE yet.
EDIT: forgot to mention the Note 2 should be announced very soon. no word on AWS comapatabilty yet.
I would get the T-Mobile version, it has much much much much much more stable data. Flashing the radio takes weeks of guessing which radio works best on your device, and its very inconsistent. Likewise, the best ones with data speed don't support MMS or have garbled voice.
jeets new modem cuts into battery life severely and produces lots of heat. It also has faster, but very inconsistent data speeds. It took me over a week of testing radios to see which one was best for WIND, it turned out to be the ICS Telus modem for me, but MMS doesn't work with it. So it depends what you use your phone for mostly.
Also upon rebooting the phone, it will slow to a crawl in terms of data speed until something happens. I imagine from my tests its a cell handoff between towers.
So unless you want to waste weeks getting it right, don't buy the AT&T one.
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I had a potential buyer who wanted my rogers note flashed onto Mobi, but I didn't now how to do it (never rooted anything). I looked on XDA where the thread is located discussing this, and mentioning the Tmo Radio modem which someone had extracted and placed for others to use. I got the impression it wasn't optimal & very precarious of a process with a high risk of bricking. The note is gone actually as of last night, but I was curious to read this thread from way back in June discussing this as though it was minimal risk, and worked fine.