Hi there. I'm new here and I signed up with hopes of getting advice on the Mi 9!
Background Live in Ontario
Often travel between cities (ie. Toronto, London and possibly Ottawa)
Phone carrier is Freedom MobileWhat attracts me to the Mi 9 is the affordability and mid-range pricing with the specs provided. I really like the camera features and image quality; the chipsets and the ability to wirelessly charge your phone are an added plus. I've only owned two phones in my life, being: (1) Sony Ericsson Z1010 and (2) Samsung S4 so I am really looking to upgrade.
I understand that the Global Version of the Mi 9 is compatible with the following FDD-LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17*, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40.* Read somewhere that band 17 is only available when flashed with the Global ROM.Mi 9 does not support the new bands 13 and 66 that Freedom Mobile has
Is this a smart purchase (ie. "future-proof") or should I look into another phone that more supports the Canadian market? Alternatively, will I be fine without those bands? I've read posts of other people experiencing no problems but are these unique cases or are they just not experiencing problems for now?
Honestly, I think deep down I know the answer to the above-mentioned but I really like this phone and can't justify a higher price point for other phones with similar or lesser specs. Aggh!Option 1: Finding another phone
Can you share any other comparable models? Prefer if the price range is below $700 CAD; mid-range bang-for-your-buck, really. I'm looking for internal storage space, battery life, and camera quality.
Option 2: Finding another compatible carrier
Recommend any other carriers outside of the Big 3 (Rogers, Telus, Bell)? Can you share details of the phone plans offered?
MY PLAN I have a $35 CAD grandfathered plan with Freedom. It includes:
Unlimited Canada-wide calling and texting
Unlimited Canada-wide/ U.S. text, picture, and video messaging
Unlimited data (2 GB full speed allotment)
VoicemailI want to preface this with the fact that my knowledge of phones + phone plans is very narrow and limited so please tread carefully. I'll take this as a learning opportunity and a chance to develop more knowledge -- thanks to your help.
Thanks a million!