Do not buy a Lumia phone if…

It has been over a month since I purchased the Nokia Lumia 730 from the Mobility Arena Shop. The phone is a really good device but I’ve not been able to enjoy it completely ’cause it lacks one important feature.

An EDGE/3G mobile data selection toggle is missing. You can’t force your phone to stay connected to the 3G network only. If you live in an area without WiFi or really strong 3G service, I suggest you wait a while for Microsoft to come to their senses and introduce this feature.

Lumia 730

Other things I don’t like about the Nokia Lumia 730 Dual SIM but can live with are

  1. No USB storage mode for Mac OS X: You can’t drag and drop files into phone’s SD card as is possible on Windows OS.
  2. I don’t know if it’s a bug in the developer’s preview I’m running on the device but I sometimes feel like games on the SD card lag a bit more than they did on the android platform.
  3. You can’t charge the device switched off: As long as the phone is connected to a power source, it auto powers on.
  4. No DialPad contact search: just like on Blackberry 10 OS, the dial pad cannot be used to search through your contacts for calls. You have to go through the contacts section to dial out.

I really hope they fix this EDGE/3G toggle issue soon as the lack of it has me looking at Android once more 🙁

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  2. We the elders say, “dont stop a chold from contractong leprosy.. as long as the child is bold.enough to live alone in the forest”

    Wetin you go do on WindowsPhone? (++ tongue ++)

  3. Chuks,

    I have pointed out this Network Mode issue to Microsoft Mobile again and again since the days of WP7. I am beginning to think that they really do not want to fix it. I am tired of ranting. Their call.

    Customers too are free to make their call based on it. For now, because i run more on WiFi, it isn’t much of an issue. But, I am betting that this thing will bite Microsoft (if it isn’t already doing so)…especially in emerging markets. How hard can it be to fix such a simple thing?

    Have a restful Sunday, everyone!

    1. @Moverick: apparently there was a back door to activating it but they’ve since closed that door with recent Windows Phone 8.1 updates. Oga Timi says his Nokia Lumia 520 has the toggle option so I’m wondering if they only left it for dirt cheap windows phone or Timi hasn’t updated to the latest OS yet.

  4. On versions of lumia 520 purchased locally, the 2G/3G toggle is present. On my AT&T version, there is no toggle but I have a workaround. Dial “##3282” without the quotes and send. It takes you to field test.

    At the lower right corner is settings. Select it and you can select 2g only, 3G only, 4g only or automatic.

    1. On versions of lumia 520 purchased locally, the 2G/3G toggle is present.

      Metamba,

      That toggle sets the maximum connection speed and automatically switches the phone between that maximum speed and lower speeds depending on signal availability/strength. i.e…

      – selecting 2G switches the phone between GPRS and EDGE
      – selecting 3G switches the phone automatically between GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA
      – selecting 4G switches the phone automatically between GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA and LTE

  5. The 2g/3G toggle available on the Nigerian version of windows phone works like you described, setting the maximum speed. However, the workaround, ##3282 makes it possible to lock the phone in 2G, 3G or 4G mode.

    There was a time when I made an alteration to the plan on my line. Using the workaround and selecting 3G only left my phone without any network for about a day because etisalat configured my new plan with no 3G . I had to place a call to etisalat customer care before the 3G capability of my line was restored.

    1. The 2g/3G toggle available on the Nigerian version of windows phone works like you described, setting the maximum speed. However, the workaround, ##3282 makes it possible to lock the phone in 2G, 3G or 4G mode.

      That is correct. Cheers.

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