Will Huawei Honor 8x international version JSN-L23 work on ting?


I'm looking at buying a Huawei Honor 8x but I want to make absolutely sure it is compatible with Ting before I do.  Also this is the international version (JSN-L23). 

I looked at the frequencies described in the description and they look like they will work, but I just want to be sure-

4G LTE bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 28(700), 4G LTE TDD: B41, 3G WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, 2G GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8 - Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Check compatibility with your carrier before purchase. North and South American 4G LTE Compatible



  • It's technically compatible, but it won't work well, and won't work on Ting at all after a few months.

    Our GSM network, which we'll be leaving at the end of 2020, supports phones on LTE band 2, 4, 12, 66 and 71. 

    The Honor 8x you're talking about supports LTE 2 and 4, but is missing the critical support of LTE Band 12. I discussed last year on Reddit why this is a problem. Your phone will default to GSM 1900 (B2) for phone calls and text messages, which is not reliable in a primary smartphone in the US.

    Very likely, you'll not receive many or any phone calls, text messages will disappear into the ether and people will call and leave you voicemail messages you'll never receive. This is common for phones missing that particular frequency. Not to mention that LTE Band 66 and Band 71 will be more important in the coming years on the T-Mobile network for indoor coverage and speed.

    For the money you'd spend, there are WAY better options. Especially because the international Honor 8x only really technically works on the GSM network. Based on frequencies, it was designed primarily for the Middle East and parts of Europe.

    It does not work at all on our CDMA network, powered by Sprint, and similarly wouldn't work at all on our yet-unnamed Ting Verizon network. When the time came to retire your phone on the network, you'd be forced to switch phones or switch carriers after only having that one for a few months.

    If you need help finding some of these options, just let me know! In practice, you want to see phones that explicitly list compatibility with the US carriers by name, rather than "North America compatible", especially because T-Mobile has the LTE Band 12 requirement for VoLTE, Verizon won't activate ANY phone without certified VoLTE and Sprint maintains a whitelist for their network, which I've never seen have a dual-SIM phone in.

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  • Thank you for your quick and thorough reply- you just saved me hundreds of dollars and lots of frustration.  This also helps explain why one of my phones (an Honor X6)  is having mysterious dropped calls and text messages that arrive hours after they were sent.  I decided to go with a Moto G7 instead so there shouldn't be any issues...

    Thanks again!

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  • The G7 is a great choice, especially considering it should be unlocked out of the box and ready for any of the 4 networks here in the US. And it's a little future-proof with its frequencies.

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