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    Confused about LTE Cat 3 vs Cat 4...

    Hi guys,

    I know this similar topic has probably been beat to death.. but I would really apperciate any insights!

    Will a Asian market Note3 N9005 with the following specs work on Fido LTE?
    GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
    3G (850/900/1900/2100 MHz)
    4G LTE (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz)
    GPRS
    EDGE
    HSPA+ 42 Mbps
    LTE Cat 4, 150Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL


    I know that the bands are a match with Fido, but this is a LTE Cat 4 where as the Note3 that Rogers sells N900W8 uses a LTE Cat 3

    LTE 4G
    GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)
    LTE Cat 3 (700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz) * Dependent on market
    HSPA+ (850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz/AWS) *Dependent on market
    Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac HT80
    NFC available
    Bluetooth 4.0: PBAP, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, SAP, HID, PAN, DI, MAP
    DLNA, MHL 2.0 support
    KIES, KIES Air support


    So... if Fido/Rogers operates LTE on 2100/2600, then shouldn't the Cat 3 version work better?
    If so then why does Rogers sell Cat 3 version with only 2100? Is it to support the 700 band?

    In that case, then Cat 4 N9005 version should work just fine right? or it wouldn't be able to connect at all?

    Please help me understand... Thanks so muhc!

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    You're pretty much spot on. I just recently hopped on the LTE bandwagon and was confused about the frequencies used. Everything you wrote is correct, so the question is: which model is "better"? The one with support for the currently used 2100/2600? Or the one with 700/2100 which will be a much better option in a year's (auction in January for 700mhz) time from now.

    Personally I'd go with the asian version right now because who knows when 700 band will be put in service. LTE on 2600mhz is absolutely amazing, even with zero to one bar showing (~ -114dbm)! Just keep in mind that your battery will be drained very quickly on that band because the signal is so low.

    On the flip side, if you go with future-proof 700/2100, you wont get the (unnecessarily) blazing speed of LTE Advanced, but still amazing regular LTE, with a higher signal at all times due to unavailability of crappy , weak 2600mhz. Less battery drain this way in my experience.

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