FP2. Coverage outside of Europe
The short answer is maybe!
Fairphone 2 is optimized for European cellular and 4G/LTE networks, so it’s not guaranteed to work everywhere in the world.
Fairphone 2 used to have global coverage (everywhere, all the time, anytime) thanks to its 2G support.
Also for 3G and 4G, you would have got at least one band supported anywhere in the world.
Lately (2020) 5G gained increasing commercial popularity, thus network providers started switching some resources towards 5G signal. This will still not be an issue anywhere in Europe, because Fairphone 2 supports a lot of different bands, but it might cause some issues if traveling around the world.
When traveling outside of Europe you will have to check in advance which network bands are still supported.
How well the phone works outside of Europe depends on local networks as well as the operator you use.
If Fairphone 2 seems not to be supported, you might try to check a different network company (support might vary depending on the company).
Some providers restrict international SIM card use - especially on pre-paid plans. Check with your provider what the terms and conditions are for international use.
Fairphone 2 - Network specifications:
- Configuration Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby (DSDS)
- SIM Sockets 2 x Micro-SIM (3FF)
- Network Technology 2G / 3G / 4G LTE -Advanced
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- WCDMA Band 1 (2100 MHz); Band 2 (1900 MHz); Band 8 (900 MHz)
- 3G Max Downlink Speed Cat. 24 - 42.2 Mbps
- 3G Max Uplink Speed Cat. 7 - 11.5 Mbps
- 4G / LTE Advanced Band 3 (1800 MHz); Band 7 (2600 MHz); Band 20 (800 MHz)
- 4G Max Downlink Speed Cat. 4 - 150 Mbps
- 4G Max Uplink Speed Cat. 4 - 50 Mbps
When it comes to the United States, 4G(LTE) won’t work.
You will have to check if some provider still supports other network interfaces like 3G. Without this, you will only be able to rely on Wi-Fi.
Homologar in Colombia/Chile/Ecuador
It is not possible to register the Fairphone 2 in Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile (the so-called homologar procedure). The phone is not registered in the USA and thus doesn't have the required FCC registration code that would allow this.
The procedure exists to prevent anonymous usage of mobile devices and is focused on devices designed for the North-and South American market.
Registration is mandatory in these countries. This means that you can not use the device with a SIM card after the period has ended that each country has set (usually 1 month). You can still use the device with WiFi - or Bluetooth connection.
If you have any further questions on how a Fairphone 2 will perform outside of Europe, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our trusty support team.