1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

does the unlocked version support 3g on at&t

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Corbinho, May 25, 2011.

  1. Corbinho

    Corbinho Newbie
    Thread Starter

    i have seen many threads about this and articles about it all over, but i keep reading conflicting reports. I saw the white version supports 3g, but on some forums i read that this doesn't support 3g on at&t.

    Can someone just give me a straight answer, if I buy an unlocked black version, will i be able to use 3g data?

    1. Download the Forums for Android™ app!


  2. UserName872

    UserName872 Android Enthusiast

    You will have to buy the AT&T 3G band compatible model from Negri. The regular nexus S sold at best buy or a T-Mobile store won't support AT&T 3G
    Corbinho likes this.
  3. cajuncartfan

    cajuncartfan Newbie

    You can also buy it from NewEgg.com. That is where I got mine. Negri has both the white and black though.
  4. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    As already stated, the AT&T model uses different frequencies for 3G so the T-Mobile version will not work. Colour is not the issue, the radio frequencies are.

    And another source is the Canadian market where the Nexus S for Rogers, Bell, Fido, Telus, and Koodo, are all the same as the AT&T version and would be compatible. All Nexus S phones are sold unlocked, so they would work fine with any compatible carriers' network out of the box.
  5. ericshmerick

    ericshmerick Well-Known Member

    What you want is the i9020a...at least, that's what the internet will tell you. Read my reviews at Newegg and Amazon for that exact model. 3g was a no-go. It registered on the 3g network, showed 3g, showed HSPA in settings, but the speeds were so slow. Two different models, two brand new sim cards. Nothing would give me 3g speeds. The i9020a Amazon and Newegg sell is identical as the one from Negeri...the i9020a that was produced and intended for Rogers in Canada.

    I don't know what the hell the issue was, but for the life of me in a heavily 3g covered area, I got slower than EDGE speeds and very unreliable data connections. Neither worked reliably for me.

    I'd be very curious fo your or others' experience from purchasing the i9020a from Amazon / Newegg. I simply don't buy the fact that they work on AT&T 3g. Period.

    That said, what is (if any) the difference from the Negeri i9020a and the Newegg / Amazon i9020a? I mean, as far as I can tell, they are the identical model, but some how everyone seems to glow about the over-priced Negeri one (which is cheaper elsewhere).

  6. dmlv

    dmlv Newbie

    i have the white one from i got from negri and my downloads on AT&T are 1.5-3.5 mbps...my downloads are the problem, .25-.39 mbps.
    But the downloads are 3g. It doesn't effect my browsing or google navigation in anyway.
    just my 2 cents...i still like it better than the atrix which uploads around 1.25-2 mbps. Downloads about the same as the nexus s.
  7. Polypro

    Polypro Lurker

    i9020A from Negri. New AT&T SIM (because I PUK locked my original from my RAZR when fiddling with the security settings... and didn't know about the unlock code...AT&T just said go to the store and get a new one for free) Just tested on 3G with Speedtest and got 2.37Mbs Down, 200kbps Up, and a horrible ping of 465ms. 3G is working here it seems.

  8. Aatos.1

    Aatos.1 Android Enthusiast

    There are two different frequencies. Here they are:

    3G Network

    HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - i9020A for AT&T

    HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 - i9020T for T-Mobile

    Be sure and choose model i9020A and you will be just fine.

    Cheers :)
  9. 40milesout

    40milesout Newbie

    I just bought a rogers unlocked nexus s. I am with at&t. I am getting 3g. Got the phone off of ebay.
  10. hamlin69

    hamlin69 Newbie

    Yep, Rogers and AT&T use the same frequencies. I am on a AT&T captivate on Rogers :)

Nexus S Forum

The Nexus S release date was December 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

December 2010
Release Date

Share This Page