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Would a phone from South Korea work in the UK?

Would a phone from South Korea work in the UK, say for example a phone that you can't get here like the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge?

Most Useful Answer 9El9Nino9  Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:03

Depends what phone you are buying and what bands it covers

800Mhz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz- you'd probably find that in most phones to be honest (accept chinese phones which use the 850Mhz frequency sometimes for the US market mainly.

for LTE: (Source Ofcom)

Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price
Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and 2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz £588,876,000
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz £225,000,000
Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc) 2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £186,476,000
Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz (coverage obligation lot) £550,000,000
Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz, 2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £790,761,000
Total £2,341,113,000

to summarise, they all own a piece of 800MHz spectrum. on top of that vodafone and EE have a small slice each of the 2600MHz and EE and Three use the 1800MHz for 4g too (thats why they are the only 2 networks that work on the one plusone and other Chinese imports)

Long story short, check the LTE bands! (Band 3,7 and 20 all work in the UK!)

i can't believe i'm going to use Wikipedia as a reference but here anyway:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks#Europe

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9El9Nino9  Oct. 23, 2014 at 10:03

Depends what phone you are buying and what bands it covers

800Mhz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz- you'd probably find that in most phones to be honest (accept chinese phones which use the 850Mhz frequency sometimes for the US market mainly.

for LTE: (Source Ofcom)

Winning bidder Spectrum won Base price
Everything Everywhere Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz and 2 x 35 MHz of 2.6 GHz £588,876,000
Hutchison 3G UK Ltd 2 x 5 MHz of 800 MHz £225,000,000
Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (a subsidiary of BT Group plc) 2 x 15 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £186,476,000
Telefónica UK Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz (coverage obligation lot) £550,000,000
Vodafone Ltd 2 x 10 MHz of 800 MHz, 2 x 20 MHz of 2.6 GHz and 1 x 25 MHz of 2.6 GHz (unpaired) £790,761,000
Total £2,341,113,000

to summarise, they all own a piece of 800MHz spectrum. on top of that vodafone and EE have a small slice each of the 2600MHz and EE and Three use the 1800MHz for 4g too (thats why they are the only 2 networks that work on the one plusone and other Chinese imports)

Long story short, check the LTE bands! (Band 3,7 and 20 all work in the UK!)

i can't believe i'm going to use Wikipedia as a reference but here anyway:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks#Europe

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 23, 2014 at 14:37

You would need 900Mhz and 2100Mhz for 3G coverage in Europe. Bands 1 and 8.

It should be:
800Mhz, 1800MHz, 2600MHz - you'd probably find that in most phones to be honest (accept chinese phones which use the 850Mhz frequency sometimes for the US market mainly.

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