04-09-2013, 11:50 PM #1
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I am thinking of getting the Lumia 920T to update my Samsung Focus and was hoping someone has some experience with it.
I'll be living in China for the next year and a bit so network compatibility is not a big issue but I need to be able to use the phone in English.
Am I likely to be able to change the language on this phone?
04-18-2013, 01:14 AM #6
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- 04-18-2013, 05:34 AM #9
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04-18-2013, 09:20 AM #12
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- 04-18-2013, 09:38 AM #13
All windows phones can be changed to display any of the supported language, both the OS and the keyboards. However the phones sold in china are locked into the chinese app market (a government requirement... it seems :-/).
If you can, I recommend you buy the HongKong version from one of the shops in the Taobao website (just make sure more peope bought in that shop and were satisfied with the product and the service). Also, make sure to buy the "Official HongKong" (正港) version, if you want to be able to use the warranty in mainland china, not only HK.
The HK version of the phone is "international", so it can use any app market, but therefore it does not work with the 3G network of China Mobile (as CM use their own chinese standard), only with 2G gprs/EDGE. It will work with 3G speed in China Unicom, though.
- 04-18-2013, 10:20 AM #14
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- 04-18-2013, 11:19 PM #15
My girfriend has a HK Lumia 820 and the marketplace region can be changed just by selecting the country in the region settings of the phone and rebooting. Her Microsoft account is chinese and we are in mainland China. I have done this change several times to download skype and other apps.
If she had a chinese (mainland) version, the phone would be locked to CN store. That is why I bought her this HK version (aside from some other things the CN gov is forcing in the OS, such as disabling encryption and other things I prefer not to know, hehe. You can imagine why they do that things... :-)).
- 04-19-2013, 01:13 AM #16
Done that, useless. 920T is locked to china market app. What Marc_SP is saying is exactly what i was saying, it's locked hardware, doesn't matter sim card, or the account setting in the live.com linked to your phone. China phone is, china app store is what you get. No changeable. Nothing.
- 04-28-2013, 03:19 AM #20
04-28-2013, 06:25 AM #21
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That is a horrible news, I actually do not live in the region , I bought this at my last trip to China as a gift to my wife. Just realized all those restrictions when arrived at my country.
If anyone knows a new way, please report here since I will be following this thread.
Sent from my Lumia920 using Foroplex
- 05-24-2013, 01:45 PM #22
Hey, you seem to know your stuff about this dedicated 3g network that CM uses. I bought recently a Lumia 920 through China Mobile. As you said it will only work with EDGE here in Europe. Is there any possible that there is some compatible 3g network in the States. Or (a stupid question) can the frequency be changed?
- 05-25-2013, 07:35 AM #23
The 3G standard used by China Mobile (called TD-CDMA) is a homegrown (Chinese) standard. I guess they created it in order to avoid paying royalties to use an "international standard”, and/or because they have baked some "special" services into the standard to make it easier to the Chinese government to do its "job". You know what I mean, haha.
In any case, it is veeery unlikely (maybe even illegal considering the USA government recent bad relationship with Chinese technologies) that any cellular service provider in the States would use this standard. Ever.
Regarding changing frequencies, I am not a hacker or an engineer in the field of radio communications (I just read Anandtech.com articles on these topics from time to time, haha), so I have no idea if it is feasible from a technical (physical) point of view. However, even if it were possible (or needed, as it seems TDCDMA shares some frequency bands with WCDMA) I guess extensive modifications of the phone's OS and firmware would still be requiered, as the way to encode and send and receive signals in TDCDMA is just quite different to WCDMA. Probably, even some serious hardware hack would be in order. In a few words, as far as I know (that is not much, I have to admit) it's not worth the effort.
10-14-2013, 02:08 AM #24
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um...............i have a 925T,all you do is create a new US(or whatever region) live account,hard reset(wipe) your phone,and put in the new account login when the phone starts. that did the trick for me,it should too for you. and yes,i am living in china.
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