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    Quote Originally Posted by krazy View Post
    If the S8 is too expensive, OP can also check out Samsung's A8 (2018) (dubbed the "S8 lite") which sells for around CDN$600 (also through import sites as not sold in North America) and supports pretty much all major LTE bands around the world:

    B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B26(850), B28(700), B66(AWS-3) B38(2600), B40(2300), B41(2500)
    Here's the other problem. Also has to support Band 4 UMTS. We had an Asus Zenfone user on here that could get LTE on Freedom on his phone, but no phone calls. Since I used a Zenfone before, he had an International version that did not have Band 4 UMTS, but Band 4 LTE. The North American version of the Zenfone has Band 4 UMTS. And I had a North American version, so I was able to tell right off the bat what the problem was.

    This will be required to make and receive calls on the network. If it's not in the Frequency list, the OP will be able to get LTE, but no voice calls. Essentially turns the phone into a paperweight.

    And I would also get it from Samsung Canada, as this will have Band 4 UMTS. The International versions as far as I know, do not have this band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver8666 View Post
    Here's the other problem. Also has to support Band 4 UMTS. We had an Asus Zenfone user on here that could get LTE on Freedom on his phone, but no phone calls. Since I used a Zenfone before, he had an International version that did not have Band 4 UMTS, but Band 4 LTE. The North American version of the Zenfone has Band 4 UMTS. And I had a North American version, so I was able to tell right off the bat what the problem was.

    This will be required to make and receive calls on the network. If it's not in the Frequency list, the OP will be able to get LTE, but no voice calls. Essentially turns the phone into a paperweight.

    And I would also get it from Samsung Canada, as this will have Band 4 UMTS. The International versions as far as I know, do not have this band.
    The A8 (and bigger brother A8+) does support Band 4/AWS UMTS as well:

    3G UMTS:
    B1(2100), B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B8(900)


    4G FDD LTE:
    B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B13(700), B17(700), B18(800), B19(800), B20(800), B26(850), B28(700), B66(AWS-3)


    4G TDD LTE:
    B38(2600), B40(2300), B41(2500)

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    Makes the OP's life a little easier. Thank you.

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    Samsung's biggest issue in general has been the regionalization of their phones

    Even unlocked unless you load a custom rom they end up having very poor support for other languages

    In the past I tried a few of the cheaper ones (J1/J3 etc) but had to return them all (on other carrier since they obv have no B66 and no dual sim)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Peppermint View Post
    Samsung's biggest issue in general has been the regionalization of their phones

    Even unlocked unless you load a custom rom they end up having very poor support for other languages

    In the past I tried a few of the cheaper ones (J1/J3 etc) but had to return them all (on other carrier since they obv have no B66 and no dual sim)
    Which brand and model would suffice your needs then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravercwb View Post
    Which brand and model would suffice your needs then?

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    That would be the hardest part. Even harder is not trying it out in your hands before purchase, like the iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver8666 View Post
    That would be the hardest part. Even harder is not trying it out in your hands before purchase, like the iPhone.
    iPhone is like a cult
    Go to sleep wake up and more people have been converted

    Join us and you can iMessage and Facetime and...

    BUT language support IS much better on Apple than on Samsung

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    Dual-SIM phones are really just a thing in Asia so it it extremely rare to find one that supports Shaw's networks or even any North American LTE frequency for that matter. As far as I can tell only Samsung's S8/S8+, Note 8 and A8/A8+ (2018) support all of Shaw's bands (4,7,13,66).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Peppermint View Post
    iPhone is like a cult
    Go to sleep wake up and more people have been converted

    Join us and you can iMessage and Facetime and...

    BUT language support IS much better on Apple than on Samsung
    When I bought 3 Asus Zenfones from Staples (ZE551KL, ZE551ML and ZE552KL, all of them dual SIM), I played around with the demos. When I bought my 6S Plus and joined "the cult" I played around with a 128GB 6S Plus and a 256GB 7 Plus (Project Red, which has since been discontinued). Everytime I was in a Freedom store they had dummy units. If I went into Best Buy or a RoBellUs store, they had working models. I suppose the use of dummy models ended with the Master Agreement signed with Apple. Apple won't allow you to use dummy models. But I have not been in a Freedom location since I switched out the SIM after Shaw bought the spectrum. Next time I hit the Eaton Centre would be a bet to see if they still have dummy units.

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    Buy the SM-950FD or the SM-955FD it has lost bands. Buy on BH Photo and video

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    I'm looking at the S8 myself, upgrading from G6. Dual SIM though.

    Anyone interested, should check out eBay deals section, they have the best price (like new units) vs any retail store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samshares View Post
    I'm looking at the S8 myself, upgrading from G6. Dual SIM though.

    Anyone interested, should check out eBay deals section, they have the best price (like new units) vs any retail store.
    Awesome prices but most are international models with zero warranty in North America. If ok with that it definitely is a deal though.

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    I have international S8+. Fine on Freedom, voice calls work.
    Re.. warranty.. my international has been fine. Spouse has S8 Canadian. I needed a motherboard replaced after about 6 months. Camera seemed to fail. Samsung replaced camera.. lasted less than a day. On repair 2 they replaced board, it is fine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horemans View Post
    I have international S8+. Fine on Freedom, voice calls work.
    Re.. warranty.. my international has been fine. Spouse has S8 Canadian. I needed a motherboard replaced after about 6 months. Camera seemed to fail. Samsung replaced camera.. lasted less than a day. On repair 2 they replaced board, it is fine now.
    Do you have the Dual-SIM one?

    Does it work with Band 66? did you have to flash the WIND/Freedom CSC?

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    Yes, band 66 works well on international S8+ DUAL SIM.
    NO NEED TO FLASH anything ***
    *** Unless you want the over the air OREO update. Available now.

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