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Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

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Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

I have an unlocked ZTE wireless home phone base (from Fido)....I am hoping that I can just get a Videotron SIM card and start using this unit with Videotron services on a cheap, basic talk plan. Does anyone know if this will work?

 

I'm pretty sure it's the WF721C model, seen here https://www.zteusa.com/zte-wireless-homephone-base 

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

not sure if it will work... but technically, to have the "full" videotron experience, your device needs to support band 4 (AWS 1700/2100) on 3G.

This device is only compatible with 850 and 1900MHz bands. 

This might work if you get one of the latest sim... but not 100% sure if at some point Videotron will tell you that you are using the partner network more often than you normally should...

850 and 1900MHz towers are "technically" owned by Rogers even if Videotron and Rogers are now basically sharing networks in Quebec and Eastern Ontario. 

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

Thanks for your reply zadigre, that was very helpful and I think testing I did last night confirmed what you wrote....I unlocked the device and it worked with a Telus sim, but did not want to work with my Videotron sim.

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@mcrootay wrote:

Thanks for your reply zadigre, that was very helpful and I think testing I did last night confirmed what you wrote....I unlocked the device and it worked with a Telus sim, but did not want to work with my Videotron sim.


do you have one of the newer LTE videotron sim or it's one that has access to 3G only?

if 3G only, I believe you absolutely need a device that has support for the AWS band. 

If LTE, again technically, it should connect to 850/1900MHz Rogers frequencies on 3G since essentially this is need for a fallback from the LTE network (for calls non VoLTE device or when outside of LTE coverage). 
But again, this is just a guess... this is the way that it's supposed to work with a "real" cellphone... 

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

I would guess that my videotron sim is LTE, as the phone says as much at this moment...I got it Fall 2017.

 

So then based on your statements my options for using this adapter are to find a cheap plan on a compatible network (ZTE's website says Fido, Rogers, Koodo and Virgin). I'll check what those guys offer....

 

Thanks again!

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

if one of these providers ever offered the same ZTE device, they might block it (based on the IMEI of the device) from their regulard plans­.

 

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

Dude you're killing me Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

Interesting development....I tried one of Videotron's Fizz sims in the ZTE adapter...and it worked
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@mcrootay wrote:
Interesting development....I tried one of Videotron's Fizz sims in the ZTE adapter...and it worked

Maybe you got one of the newer sim with Fizz... those compatible with VoLTE.

older LTE sim from Vidéotron are not necessarily compatible with VoLTE thus might not support the same fallback to Rogers frequencies/bands.

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Re: Use ZTE (Fido) cellular home home phone unit with Videotron mobile plan?

Hi sorry for my english but yes i have a zte wf721 and it works with a videotron sim card but the sim card in the device is big so i bought a nano-sim adapter turns any nano sim card to fit anny device look for sim card adapter on amazon and my zte came from rogers and i unlocked it with a very simple way but yours is allready unlocked.

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