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> In reply to guddu @ 2012-01-04 17:16 from 7XNi - click to readHi Guddu/ All,
Just tried UMTS 3G/HSPA of Idea Cellular on Photon 4G . I was able to achieve 4.01Mbps Down and 1.01 Up. The specifications say it as 3.1Mbps but that could be for EV-DO(CDMA) 3G of Sprint I don't know. I tried it on speedtest.net; on Cnet speed test it was 3.26Mbps average and meter was fluctuating between 4.2 to 2.8Mbps. I could have achieved higher results as Idea may not have high speed 3G as it claims of(21Mbps). Everything was running butter smooth better than Wi-Fi as my home Wi-Fi is less than 1Mbps.
I was just wondering of running it on 4G but is not here in India. Then I thought of Tikona's 4G WiBro but don't know which band it operates on or is it compatible with Photon 4G. Photon works on 2.5GHz band of Sprints WiMax and I came to know that it uses the same WiMax standard of 802.16e which Tikons WiBro follows; but frequency band could be different. If anybody knows abt Tikonas frequency band please post here. If frequencied are different then Photons WiMax radio might be tweaked by rooting for adapting diff. frequencies I don't know exactly; If anyone can shed light on this topic. We are having 4G in India from Tikona Digital Network but don't know much about WiMax bands, If anyone out there please give some details. Thx 4 reading.

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  • 2012-01-27 21:18
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> In reply to blacksgdhawk @ 2012-01-10 12:35 from KIgs - click to readMotorola is currently working on Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 for the Photon 4G to see how compatible it is with the phone. As of right now, ICS is not available on the Photon, but likely will be in the future.

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  • 2012-01-22 16:57
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hi every1
i wanna know

1.is the Gingerbread of PHOTON 4G is upgradable to Icecream Sandwich???

2. Can PHOTON 4G play Xvid n DivX formats at 1080p???
any help ll b much appreciated.

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  • 2012-01-10 12:35
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Hi every1
i wanna know
1. if the gingerbread of PHOTON 4G is upgradable to Icecream sandwich.

2. Can u watch 1080p movies in Xvid, DivX formats on PHOTON 4G.
any help ll be much appreciated as i m about to buy dis device.

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  • 2012-01-10 12:25
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Excelent device. The 3g works over GSM outside USA, I like the materials and the performance. Definitely a good phone

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  • 2012-01-04 17:33
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> In reply to Sanjay @ 2012-01-03 20:51 from vbVn - click to readthanks sanjay for ur kind reply:)
pls post ur results as soon as possible.

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  • 2012-01-04 17:16
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> In reply to kitty @ 2011-12-04 03:53 from k@uU - click to readThere are some apps that allow you to tether without carrier as its the phone's capability not carrier's. But I think you will need to root the phone for that as Sprint might have S/W in the OS to notify about it as the OS is customized for Sprint. You will need to do some research for this as there are some articles about this on how to do it.

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  • 2012-01-03 21:02
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> In reply to guddu @ 2012-01-02 17:59 from 7XNb - click to readYes I couldn't test 3G. I will do it now and post the results if it works or not. I had tried connecting UMTS only network on Idea cellular and It was showing full network bars but haven't tested net speed or video calling yet on it.

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  • 2012-01-03 20:51
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> In reply to Sanjay @ 2011-12-24 15:03 from w4qZ - click to read3G working with photon, i think 3G network was factory locked in photon???

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  • 2012-01-02 17:59
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> In reply to Sanjay @ 2011-12-24 15:03 from w4qZ - click to read3G working with photon, i think 3G network was factory locked in photon???

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  • 2012-01-02 17:57
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> In reply to uzziah @ 2011-12-23 09:51 from 8yPE - click to readIf the phone carries the S or N or H badage, it would be reviewed months ago.

You can rely on the comments by other users here.

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  • 2012-01-02 14:37
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When is this item available in Southern Africa? It is now almost Nine months since I've heard about this gorgious item. I want to to own it the first in Namibia. South Africa assist...

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  • 2011-12-30 18:27
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Hi there,
I got it from US through ebay US and after doing all customs and shipping hassle got it after 40 days.
The phone is feature rich and thats why I ordered it.
Currently using airtel GSM card in India from past 2 weeks and working fine and settings also not getting reset after restart which is a good thing. The phone is factory unlocked to GSM networks outside US and it also has option for any CDMA network as carrier but couldn't test it as it will take prog with CDMA carrier. All photons are factory unlocked to GSM and and might be to CDMA and has GSM slot only not CDMA. Mine had a sprint GSM card in it for global roaming but removed that. The phone has very much potential and is my favourite phone till date. It is overshadowed by other phones as its Sprint phone and sprint doesnt get hype as ATT or verizon gets. As it is wimax 4g phone dont know in future India will have wimax or not but 3G would also be great but only 3.1 MBPS is one downside. But that is also very good if you are in India!!
The features list and screen is big. Its also the first to have stand in moto line which is very useful for me as for surfing on my office desk. The screen is very good in even direct sunlight it shines bright, performance is top notch, Camera is good normaly but could have been better and camera dual flash is best, The menu is simple kind of and Home screens too when compared to HTC sense, but still social network and other widgets are good with resize feature. I have installed more than 100 apps with some more than 300MB games and phone is working fine but in some apps when CPU is overloaded it reboots but it is very rare. Overall I will give 9/10 to this phone I wish I could have given 10 but slight pic quality lack in camera and no 1080p rec. makes it to 9 but if u are not bothered about camera its 10/10 as its has 8 sensors and dedicated GPS radio with glonass. Also FM radio which is must have in some countries like India. it looks handsome and stands on its own(kickstand). Thanks for rading dont worry go and get it.

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  • 2011-12-24 15:03
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where is the gsm arena reveiw it is about time look how long the phone was released

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  • 2011-12-23 09:51
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Most under rated and best android phone available. Brought from US, using in India. Pic quality falls in low light otherwise a beast in all departments. Not sure Y this model is not given the promotion it deserves..

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  • 2011-12-17 16:37
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> In reply to dman @ 2011-11-23 09:43 from utt$ - click to readhi do have received your handset. Have you paid any custom duty on top of the price.
pls reply

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  • 2011-12-14 12:08
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> In reply to tinxxx @ 2011-12-07 22:11 from KA48 - click to readThis one of the most under rates phones out there I have one and it works great so good in fact that I ordered my wife one as well fast very fast

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  • 2011-12-14 05:43
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I use mine with telus no problems a at all

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  • 2011-12-09 14:32
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i have checked online prices of this phone in india...and its surprisingly low...is there any reason for this?????????????????///

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  • 2011-12-07 22:11
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I do not understand why Gsmarena does not make a review of this great phone.
I also noticed that motorola phones are left apart at gsmarena reviews.
I see a dozen of reviews about samsung and nokia but only one moto per month.

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  • 2011-12-06 09:52
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