FP3(+). Global Network Coverage


Fairphone 3(+) (FP3(+)) is optimized for European cellular and 4G/LTE networks. In certain locations outside of Europe, you will also get 4G.


Rest of the world

How well the phone works outside of Europe depends on local networks as well as the operator you use. FP3(+) have 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 FP3(+) outside Europe depend on your cellular network. By default, you will have a UMTS/HSPA connection with the FP3(+) anywhere in the world. This means that it is likely that you will either have a 4G or 3G connection. In some places, it will be the worst-case scenario: a 2G connection.

Note that connection to foreign providers can also depend on your provider's contracts and you might not be able to use a network fully, even if the phone has the hardware capability to connect.


United States & Canada

When it comes to the United States and Canada, 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


Special cases

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. 

Colombia, Ecuador, Turkey, Chile & others

It is not possible to register the Fairphone 3(+) in countries that require the so-called homologar procedure. For example, the phone is not registered in the USA and thus doesn't have the required FCC registration code that would allow usage. The procedure exists to prevent anonymous use of mobile devices. It's used mostly in the North and South American markets.

Registration is mandatory in some 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.


FP3(+) Network specifications

In case you need it for your specific situation, the network specifications for the FP3/FP3+:

  • 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


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