I do very much hope that these bands will be offered in the final phone. There must be lots of backers, or potential backers, from these countries. I am with Telstra, and for me, the LTE B3 (1800MHz) and B28 (700MHz) bands are the most important.
I don’t know anything about the choices on the market, the Purism hardware guys would know a lot more. Just doing a quick google, there are modems that are advertised as “global”, covering the frequencies in most countries. For example, Sierra Wireless:
I am also Australian, and would like to ensure that the modem works here. The SIM7100E (European model) would come very close, but it looks like it would not support Vodaphone. 3G and 4G are both important - 4G is faster, but 3G covers more area in this huge country, but we no longer have 2G.
It would also be good to consider a global modem for users who travel overseas alot, and would like to use their librem 5 everwhere.
I wonder if the Purism Librem 5 hardware developers monitor this forum? Perhaps I should have posted to the developer mail list?
As I have ordered the dev-kit, I can test an alternative “global” modem, with Aussie frequencies. I am an electronic engineer, retired, with considerable experience with embedded systems design, mostly coding in assembly language. Don’t know much in the communications area though, but would be interested in tackling any issues with getting an alternative modem working.
I would also be prepared to pay a bit more for a phone with suitable modem, as a “global” modem might be more expensive than the 7100 modems.
At least part of the team is quite active here. If i’m not mistaken @nicole.faerber is involved in hardware decisions like the modem and quite active in the forum.
For more direct contact you could try the developer matrix room. Contact and contribution advise can be found in the documentation .
I don’t really know much about mobile networks, but before I found this post I did some research to find out if either of the modems would work okay in Australia. If I understand correctly, it looks like the European modem would cover all of Vodafone and Optus UMTS and most of both their LTE bands but unfortunately missing the most common low LTE band, though I assume 4G will work fine in most places with these networks. Both the SIM7100A and SIM7100E modems are missing important bands for Telstra. The SIM7100A supports only the mandatory 850MHz B5 for UMTS and nothing else. The SIM7100E supports most of the other bands except the mandatory one. I decided to search the forums here to see if anyone had mentioned about compatibility with Telstra and found this post.
I personally would really like a phone that can also be used on other networks and overseas.
Same for me, I would be willing to pay a bit more and/or wait a bit longer if necessary for that to happen. I understand that it may not be possible within the constraints. For anyone who is wondering about it, there is a development post that talks about the limited choice of modems here.
Hi @lonewolf, I had a look at https://www.gsmarena.com/network-bands.php3?sCountry=India. According to that page the 850MHz Band 5 is only used for 4G, so you would have full coverage for 3G and all but the low band for 4G. That is the same situation as Optus/Vodaphone in Australia with the European modem. I don’t know about India but in Australia, 3G is the most common and important for coverage. It’s obviously not ideal to be missing any band, especially a low band (which apparently has greater range) but at least having all the other 4G bands and full 3G coverage it might be ok in your country?
Thanks for responding. Even though 3G does work here but carriers are least concerned about 3G service. As they are increasing the availability and quality of 4G; 3G is being turned into shit. I have tried 3 carriers already, once i switch to 3G following things I notice:
Poor signal or no signal and less availability (It’s ironic to say that 4G may work in several certain areas where 3G won’t.)
High pings (over 25secs)
Takes noticeable time to reach dialtone on voicecall
Conjusted bandwidth (ping will be good like <100ms but as soon you open a website or download something it will go beyond 10ms)
3G used to work extremely well before the 4G race.
2G (2G works extremely well) and 4G (works extremely well than 3G) are only options I have.
I finally had time to watch the interview with Nicole Faerber, which was really interesting. I didn’t realise that the modem will be removable. If that’s the case in the final phone, that would be amazing! Here’s a link to that part of the video.
Sorry, I saw your posts but I haven’t had much time to get on here lately.
Thanks for mentioning that, I had no idea that was a thing.
Oh, that’s a good point.
I wasn’t aware of that, so thanks for pointing it out. Although, after checking out the specs sheet, unfortunately it looks like the PLS8-US and PLS8-E don’t offer any better compatibility in Australia than the SIMCom 7100A or 7100E. It’s good to know that they were still looking at other options so that they choose the best available modems for security, freedom and compatibility at the time of purchase.
from the email they just sent out regarding the CPU and the delay, it seems like the PLS8 is finalised.
looks like @zero is right, none of the PLS8 configurations are any good for Australia.
It’s worth pointing out that the most important telco here is Telstra, and the vast majority of users are on their network or an MVNO that uses their network - I’m on Optus and the coverage just isn’t as good as friends on Telstra. Vodafone can effectively be ignored as they have almost no marketshare.
I think it really depends on who you are with. And it is also more about coverage than whether it will work at all or not, as long as you have any mandatory bands covered.
You can check something like frequencycheck or have a look on your carrier’s website and maybe contact them about any mandatory frequencies/bands that are needed. It might be worth trying to find some coverage maps too if you can.
LTE (20,8,3,7,1); 3G (8,3,1); 2G Dual Band
LTE (17,5,4,2); 3G (5,4,2); 2G Quad Band
Those are the bands covered for the European and US modems. If I understand correctly, the dual band 2G for the PLS8-E would cover 900MHz and 1800MHz and the quad band for the PLS8-US would cover all the needed GSM frequencies. Sorry that’s not a yes or no, but I hope that helps a bit.
Hello @zero ! Thanks for the tips.
I looked for more information about frequencies used in Brazil and pasted ahead. Would you please take a look and help me to find out if the L5 modem is able to work with these configurations?
Identfied UIT frequencies
Use in Brazil
451-458 MHz / 461-468 MHz used along with 2,5GHz during 2012, not used anymore.
700 MHz used for 4G
850 MHz, old bands A e B used for GSM;
900 MHz, extension bands used for GSM and 3G;
1.710-2.025 MHz and 2.110-2.200 MHz
1700 e 1800 MHz, bands D, E and extension subfrequencies used for GSM, 3G and more recently 4G;