How to buy a rugged phone?

  • AliExpress has good prices if you are willing to wait

Is it compatible with my wireless network?

  • 3G
    • Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (UMTS)
    • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
  • 4G
  • Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
    • LTE is an umbrella term for 40+ variants
    • In general, B4 is most important, if you have it you will usually have LTE across Canada
      • But matching more bands gives a better user experience


Q: How many bands must match my new phone?

A: you only need one or two bands to match.

A: For voice calls and 3G data, your phone will only use one band

A: For high speed LTE data, your phone can combine or aggregate multiple bands simultaneously using a technology called CA (carrier aggregation).