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Hey everyone!

I'm getting a new phone soon, my contract is far from being up so I'm going to buy a phone outright as mine will fall apart any day now. To pay off my contract would be £300+.

I have decided on the HTC 8X.

Now, the version in the UK is 16GB, 3G only, and available in Blue or Black, and costs around £399.

The AT&T "No Commitment" version is 8GB, 3G/4G ready, and available in Limelight or Blue. Costs around £280, plus about $30/40 shipping. I have a friend that can buy it for me and ship it. Don't worry about customs fees.

Link to the AT&T version.

Storage isn't an issue for me as I use a phone as a phone, no music or anything like that. 4G is a massive selling point as I intend to keep this phone for a while, and don't want to be behind the times when 4G gets more established in the UK. That, and the Limelight version isn't available in the UK, with no ETA, and I love it. tongue.gif

As well as being around £100 cheaper.

Now, two questions:

  1. Will it work in the UK? My current phone is Quad Band (afaik) and was from the USA, is unlocked, and works fine. The 8X is Tri Band, which should work (I think, someone confirm/help?), but would it work with a UK 4G network when they become established? Only one at the moment is EE, and they are crazy expensive, which is why I'm waiting it out.
  2. Do AT&T "No Commitment" phones come unlocked, or would I have to unlock it?

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I would too like an answer to this! as im looking to get a nokia lumia 920
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I would too like an answer to this! as im looking to get a nokia lumia 920
I answered Waffles in the BOC but I'll post here as well:

No LTE equipped phone imported from the United States will work on existing or planned LTE networks in the UK. In the example of the 8X that Waffle linked, it's a GSM phone so you'll be able to get 2G and 3G coverage here in the UK. Phones bought from some carriers (Verizon Wireless, Sprint, MetroPCS, Cricket, and U.S. Cellular apparently) use CDMA for 2G/3G which means they won't work at all here, in short. So if you get a phone from AT&T or T-Mobile it should be able to work over here though I remember hearing something about T-MoUS using weird bands though, you would want to look into that.
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It wouldn't work dude, I looked into doing something similar and you have to flash the phones radio firmware using a working firmware from a UK 4G 8X to get it running on our networks but since no such phone exists you're stuck.
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I thought there were some unlocked 920's being sold elsewhere in the world, no? Maybe Canada or other areas of the EU?
Everything I have read about them, for the most part, are the US versions so I can't say for sure.

Best thing to do is to find the frequency bands that the network you are/will be using and match those to the phones out there that can use those same frequencies.
Just my small input..
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Of the four major GSM frequency bands, 850 and 1900 are the two bands used in North America. 900 and 1800 are the most common bands in other parts of the world.

There are two major types of tri-band GSM phones: European and Americas.

European tri-band phones support the 900, 1800, and 1900 frequency bands. Therefore they provide complete coverage in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and work on at least one network in most countries in the Americas.

Americas tri-band phones support the 800/850, 1800, and 1900 frequency bands. They provide complete coverage in the Americas, and will work on at least one network in most countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

As Ellis said, the 3G will work, but the 4G radio will not.
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