I’m currently in Xiamen, Fujian province for a few days, and I’m finding that internet is painfully slow with my usual 4G SIM card. SMS and phone calls work fine. But internet is so slow, many services just don’t work. In particular, I can’t use gaode ditu to navigate the bus system, which is really crippling.
Generally the network strength indicator shows an “E” where it should show “4G”. This is a China Unicom SIM card. Other posts in the forum suggest that China Unicom does work better than China Mobile with the Fairphone 2.
I actually went to ask at the China Unicom shop, and the guy told me my phone was incompatible with their network. This seems unlikely, and he only glanced at my phone before telling me that. I originally chose China Unicom because their network was most compatible with my Nokia N900. My understanding is that they use more “European” standards, rather than their home-grown CDMA variants, but I’m confused by all the acronyms that have been coming out in the last few years.
However, when I put the SIM card in my Meizu MX4, I got 4G fine. So perhaps he’s right?
If this phone doesn’t work in China that’s pretty disappointing. Can someone give me more details on what’s missing, i.e. which acronyms this phone supports and what you need in China? And which other countries don’t work? Also, is there any way to get diagnostic information from the phone: which standards it’s using for data, and which are supported by the base station even if they aren’t supported by the phone? What does “E” mean?
Thanks for any help!