The Huawei GR3 is a 4G LTE smartphone that supports Smile’s LTE band 20(800) and Ntel’s 3(1800) / 8(900) band on paper. But as you may already know, that is no guarantee that the phone is actually compatible with the network. LTE compatibility is messy. That a device is specified as supporting a 4G network’s frequency bands does not mean it will necessarily work with it. So, we took the pains to run Huawei GR3 4G tests on both networks. Come see our findings.
Smile: Huawei GR3 4G tests
We put in a Smile SIM and though it took a while, eventually the phone latched on to the network. With the settings in place, voila! We were browsing in no time. Note that we could only use it in data-only mode. No voice.
Ntel: Huawei GR3 4G tests
With the SIM in, the GR3 soon latched on and we were using the internet in no time. Again, this was data-only usage. We were unable to place a voice call over LTE.
MTN: Huawei GR3 4G tests
Putting in an MTN 4G SIM card in the GR3 gave us instant access to the MTN 4G LTE network. Note though that the Huawei GR3 does not have a 4G Only network mode, so it cycles between 4G, 3G and 2G, depending on the strengths of those networks.
Among the 4G phones that we have tested till date, the Huawei GR3 is the best performer in terms of latching to and holding on to a network signal, especially in fringe areas.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.