I’m a New Zealander looking to buy a fairphone, and I was wondering whether the Fairphone works on Spark’s 4G network?
willmyphonework.net says it might work so that’s why I’m asking here.
Hi Kiwi-Alice and welcome to the Fairphone forum
I do not know if my information is useful to you, but I don´t want to keep it secret.
I used my FP2 with a resale sim card in the networks of Telstra and Vodafone in early 2017 in Australia and it worked well. Maybe the frequencies in OZ and NZ are the same, so it could be a useful information for you.
I use a 2Degrees sim card in New Zealand. It works prefect.
You should be fine in urban areas. But FP2 doesn’t support the lower frequencies which Spark uses in some rural areas (3G on 850 Mhz / 4G on 700 MHz). So you might experience reduced coverage there.
2degrees operates a 3G (UMTS 900MHz and 2100MHz) and 4G (LTE 700MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz) network.
A FP2 uses:
Network Technology: 2G / 3G / 4G LTE-Advanced
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: Quad-band: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 8 (900 MHz)
As you will know there are areas in New Zealand where you have no coverage at all.
I used my Fairphone 2 on Spark’s network throughout NZ for almost a year and had quite good coverage overall. Tried Skinny and Spark SIM cards and both worked fine with 4G apart from some rural areas where the signal was weak or missing. The phone sometimes switched to 3G or even 2G but that’s presumably the network provider’s ‘fault’ and not Fairphone’s.