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    Best 4G LTE Coverage in China?

    I'm not sure where to post this, so I picked this sub-forum. If it doesn't fit here, feel free to move it.

    To those who have either traveled to China or live in China, what prepaid carrier has the best 4G LTE coverage in Shanghai and Beijing?

    Thanks!

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    You know that China has TD-LTE? Bands 38, 39, 40, 41.
    US carriers (and phones) have FD-LTE, so your phone might not even work there on LTE.
    Check here:
    https://www.frequencycheck.com/carri...a-mobile-china

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    I have an iPhone 8. SIM Free, unlocked model with CDMA.

    I’ve just checked the specs and it supports those bands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    You know that China has TD-LTE? Bands 38, 39, 40, 41.
    US carriers (and phones) have FD-LTE, so your phone might not even work there on LTE.
    Check here:
    https://www.frequencycheck.com/carri...a-mobile-china
    Sprint's strategic band is TDD band 41.

    The fact that Sprint and China and Japan share band 41 has been the basis of ready iPhone support for Sprint.

    There is a worldwide consortium devoted to enhancing band 41 TDD that includes Sprint and Asian carriers. E.g. HPUE was developed by all of them together for TDD band 41.

    Sprint and China often share the same iPhone model. And of course all universal models of U.S. phones support TDD band 41.

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    Foreigners all use China Unicom and there is some customer service in English. SIM’s are available at PVG just before the baggage claim. You don’t have to worry about TDD because you will only likely see Band 3 anyway.

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    AFAIK the bands 3 and 8 (FD-LTE) in China are very limited (refarming of the GPS bands).

    That's why I told the OP to check his phone specs. Some "branded" phones in US have limited bands (in firmware). Sprint ones have only B41 instead of the all four, that's a big gap.
    The unlocked versions might be better, like Moto X4 that has three of those Chinese bands 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500); Samsung S7 Edge Unlocked with all four 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500).

    Note that even the 3G is TD UMTS in China.

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    If you have an unlocked GSM phone that works in the US, then it should work in China on China Unicom. I was there recently and used an unlocked AT&T Samsung Note 4, and it worked very well.

    You can check compatibility of specific phone models here:
    https://www.frequencycheck.com/

    You can order a SIM card online, have it delivered to your US address, and can even activate if before you leave. This way everything will be ready to go when you arrive in China.
    https://www.cuniq.com/us/plans/share-plan.html

    Also note that cuniq is part of China Unicom HK, so the data service is not restricted by the great firewall.

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    The phone that I have is compatible with all networks in China.

    Which of the two major ones, China Telecom or China Mobile, offer the best 4G LTE coverage?

    Thanks.

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    China Mobile has the best coverage in China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spocko View Post
    If you have an unlocked GSM phone that works in the US, then it should work in China on China Unicom. I was there recently and used an unlocked AT&T Samsung Note 4, and it worked very well.

    You can check compatibility of specific phone models here:
    https://www.frequencycheck.com/

    You can order a SIM card online, have it delivered to your US address, and can even activate if before you leave. This way everything will be ready to go when you arrive in China.
    https://www.cuniq.com/us/plans/share-plan.html

    Also note that cuniq is part of China Unicom HK, so the data service is not restricted by the great firewall.
    Also all other mobile services that you buy in Hong Kong or anywhere else outside of China that work in China will be free of restrictions in China. This includes China Mobile HK.

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    While you're there, tell ZTE to fix the broken update they sent to V8 Pro owners. That is, if they're still in business.

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