Connectivity of the FP3 outside of Europe
The short answer is: yes, but it’s not guaranteed to work everywhere in the world.
Fairphone 3 is optimized for European cellular and 4G/LTE networks. In certain locations outside of Europe, you will also get 4G.
Fairphone 3 has global coverage for 2G. It works everywhere, all the time, anytime. For 3G and 4G you will get at least one band supported anywhere in the world. The capabilities of the Fairphone 3 outside Europe depend on your cellular network. By default, you will have a UMTS/HSPA connection with the Fairphone 3 anywhere in the world. This means that it is likely that you will either have a 4G, 3G connection. In some places, it will be the worst-case scenario: a 2G connection. It is possible to have both SIM cards on 4G, or one 3G and the other 4G, but only one of them can be used for Data connection.
When it comes to the United States, 4G(LTE) will not always work (see the 4G / LTE bands listed below to verify with your provider). But all other network interfaces will - like 3G data connection, as fast as the networks go. This means that you will have a well functioning internet connection. Although you won’t be able to access the latest network potential.
It is not possible to register the Fairphone 3 in Colombia (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.
Rest of the world
How well the phone works outside of Europe depends on local networks as well as the operator you use. This third party tool might help you out.
FP3 Network specifications
In case you need it for your specific situation, the network specifications for the Fairphone 3:
- Configuration Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby (DSDS)
- SIM Sockets 2 x Nano-SIM (4FF)
- Network Technology 2G / 3G / 4G LTE - Advanced
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- UMTS: Band 1 (2100 MHz); Band 2 (900 MHz); Band 5 (850MHz); Band 8 (900 MHz)
- 3G Max Downlink Speed - 42 Mbps
- 3G Max Uplink - 11 Mbps
- 4G / LTE Advanced Band 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 13 / 20 / 26
- 4G Max Downlink Speed - 300 Mbps
- 4G Max Uplink Speed - 75 Mbps
If you have any further questions on how a Fairphone 3 will perform outside of Europe, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our trusty support team.