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Asteroid

Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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I was wondering what the differences will be for the Note20 Ultra between the Unlocked version and the T-Mobile Carrier version. From what I read, it looks like hardware is exactly the same.

 

I usually buy from T-Mobile, but I always thought there were advantages to the unlocked version, is this true, and if so what? or should I just get the carrier version?

 

Also, does anyone know if the Note20 Ultra will be available on the Subscription Samsung Access program?

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Supernova

Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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@JoshuaP @userbKPJC4KWfv @userjp2SYFtFer 

 

  • The hardware should be the same.
  • The firmware version and updates will differ as carriers work on those themselves.
  • Unlocked devices also are freer of "Bloatware".

I don't like being locked in so don't choose locked devices, but you can learn more below:

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Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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unlocked phones can use any sim card where some networks like Verizon and Sprint use a CDMA type of sim where only their sims work on that phone for use on that network
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Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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And some features like WiFi calling will only work on some carrier devices.
Using a Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) on ATT with Gear S2 (SM-R730A), Baseband:G935AUCS2APH1, Kernel:3.18.20-8575098
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Constellation

Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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Is there any truth in a T-mobile branded phone is better tuned to its network and will get better reception?

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Asteroid

Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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IDK, I would love to know. I also heard you lose RCS and video calling. Would love to know for sure though, granted, we have switched to mainly whatsapp video calling now-a-days.

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Constellation

Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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I haven't lost RCS and video calling on my unlocked Note 10 +. 

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Asteroid

Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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That is good to know. I may try out the unlocked with the note 20, but keep my note 9 to compare signal, but the 20 will have 5G, so may not be the best comparison, haha.

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Re: Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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I have the Unlocked note 20 ultra on tmobile. wifi calling and lte calling are working fine but I've lost RCS chat function. A Samsung Support Member told me the note 20 ultra doesn't currently support the Universal Profile 1.0 for RCS yet, but is a planned update (not sure if they actually knew though)

If you get your 20 Ultra and are able to get RCS Chat working could you let me know? I loved it on my note 9 and miss it.
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Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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@JoshuaP @userbKPJC4KWfv @userjp2SYFtFer 

 

  • The hardware should be the same.
  • The firmware version and updates will differ as carriers work on those themselves.
  • Unlocked devices also are freer of "Bloatware".

I don't like being locked in so don't choose locked devices, but you can learn more below:

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Re: Unlocked vs Carrier (T-Mobile) Note20 Ultra - Access program

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@JoshuaP you shouldn't lose RCS or video calling FYI.

 

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