Starting from 2018, any Android Smartphone that was launched in Kenya will support Faiba 4G Network, and of course, the promise isn’t derailing. They have massively kept to their words.
Faiba 4G Network is Kenyan’s communications authority, for every Smartphone vendor, it is now a compulsory rule that must be followed and adhered to. This is about all the smartphone sold in Kenya to support Band 28 (700MHz), which is available on JTL’s Faiba 4G.
Today, on this article, we will list out the best method to check your phone if its support Faiba 4G LTE network, Band 28 (700MHz). Although, you can also check it out on their official website, but to begin with, your phone must support 4G LTE Network.
Table of Interest
What is Faiba 4G LTE Network?
Faibia 4G LTE Network is a 4G/LTE only network and the communications authority in Kenya. For now, they are the only network company in Kenya, that operate on BAND 28 (700MHZ), which is seen as the fastest and the best among other bands. LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, while the 4G means Fourth Generation.
However, Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya have licenses to operate their 4G networks under BAND 20 (800MHZ) and BAND 2 (1800MHZ). Well, with the introduction of the Band 28, numerous phones are slowly becoming unimportant. This is a clear example, why your phone might be locked out.
Another clearly instance, some of the Smartphone powered by Android that launched into Kenya markets did not arrives with Faiba 4G support, which is the BAND 28 (700MHZ). Unfortunately, if your phone did not arrive with the Faiba’s BAND 28 (700MHZ) network frequency, you can’t just change it.
How to enjoy Faiba 4G LTE
Anyways, to enjoy the Faiba 4G network, your phone must support the two most important features: 4G LTE Network and Band 28 (700MHz) frequency. If your phone did not arrive with those aforementioned features, then you are left with no choice than to get a new device.
Meanwhile, if your phone is 4G LTE supported, and it also support Faiba’s 4G LTE network, then you are advised to insert the SIM into SIM 1. Although, SIM 2 works perfectly but it is advisable.
One of the phone manufacturers that support the new 4G LTE Network technology is Nokia phones, especially the ones that were launched in Kenya. You will now understand why Jamii Telecoms are partnering them right? But they are still bunch of phones that supports the network.
How to check if your phone support Faiba 4G LTE
Now is the time to check if your phone supports the new technology, but there are two ways to find out. The first step is via their official website and the other step is outlined below, but only when you follow it accurately.
To check if your phone support 4G LTE Network, then you can goto Faiba4g.co.ke/4g. And click on Compatible device. Check if your device is among. If it is not among, then try to use the below methods.
What is VoLTE?
Before we begin, Faiba’s is Kenya first True 4G Network, they offer both Voice and Data (VoLTE), which enables fast internet speeds, and to make calls. While another is the Data Only 4G Data Only, which allows you to browse the Internet ONLY.
You must understand that Nokia 2, 5, 6, and 8 are the only ones that supports Faiba 4G LTE’s Data and Voice (VoLTE). Voice support on 4G/LTE is called VoLTE. When your phone can browse the internet on LTE and also make calls with LTE, then it is called VoLTE. Also Known as Voice over LTE!
To begin with, your phone must support either Qualcomm Snapdragon and MediaTek chipset processor, and they includes:
*. Qualcomm Snapdragon: 210, 400, 410, 415, 425, 430, 435, 615, 616, 617, 625, 650, 652, 800, 801, 805, 808, 810, 820, 821, 823, 835 and 845.
*. Mediatek: MT6752, MT6753, MT6755 (a.k.a. Helio p10), MT6795 (a.k.a. Helio x10), MT6797 (a.k.a. Helio x20), MT6757 (a.k.a. Helio p20), Helio P25 etc.
How to check for Mediatek device
To check if your Mediatek device support Faiba 4G LTE Network, quickly follow the below procedures:
*. Dial *#9646633# to access Engineering Mode
*. Download MTK Engineering Mode from Google Play Store HERE
*. Go to Band Mode
*. Select SIM
*. Find BAND 28
*. Confirm if it is checked/ticked
*. Now if BAND 28 is checked, then your phone supports Faiba 4G data
*. But if it is NOT checked, then you aren’t that fortunate
Now that your phone is supported, quickly get a SIM card for data and start enjoy Faiba 4G LTE technology.
How to check for Non-Mediatek device
Do you have a non-MTK Phone? I mean, do you have a phone that doesn’t run on MediaTek processor? Don’t worry, there are two ways to confirm this. Firstly:
*. You have to visit your phone makers website
*. Or any other authoritative website like FBL
*. And then check the device specifications, under networks
– We normally label it ‘Networks and connectivity’
*. Now check if its support 700MHZ band
*. That’s all
Meanwhile, another step is to Download LTE Discovery from Google Play Store HERE and check if your device supports BAND 28. To download this app, you can either click on the above LINK or visit your Google Playstore and search for the app!
Faiba 4G LTE Coverage
If you are in any of the below location that means you can also participate in the Faiba 4G LTE technology. Lets get to know the states that are eligible for the new technology:
*. Ngong Town
*. Athi River
– Engoshura Jandu
– Railway Station
– Unga Estate
– West Indies
– Manyatta 2
– Mountain View
– Industrial Area
– Bamburi Cement
– Shimanzi road
– Mombasa Polytechnic
List of phones that support Faiba 4G LTE Network
For Smartphones that supports both voice & data, they includes:
*. Nokia 2
*. Nokia 5
*. Nokia 6
*. Nokia 8
*. Tecno Camon X Pro, Camon 11 Pro, Camon 11
While Smartphone that supports only DATA includes:
*. Motorola Moto G5, Moto Z, Z2 Play, G4, G4 Plus, G5, G5 Plus, Z, Z Play, Z2 Play
*. Samsung Galaxy A5 A520F or A520F/DS or A520K/L/S
*. Samsung Galaxy A7 A720F or A720F/DS
*. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950F or N950FD or N950U/U1 or N950W or N9500 or N950N
*. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge G935F or G935FD or G9350 or G935W8
*. Samsung Galaxy S7 G930F or G930FD or G930WD
*. Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F or G950FD or G950U or G950A or G950P or G950T or G950V or G950R4 or G950W or G950S/K/L or G9500
*. Samsung Galaxy S8+ G955F or G955FD or G955W or G955A or G955P or G955T or G955V or G955R4 or G955U or G955S/K/L or G9550
*. Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, Note 8, A5 (2016/2017), A7 (2016/2017), J7 Pro, J7 (2017), J2 Prime, J5 Prime, Grand Prime, J1 Ace, Note FE, J2, A9 Pro (2016), C7 (2017)
*. Infinix Zero 4 Plus and Zero 5
*. OPPO F5, F5 Youth, A57, F1s, F3 Plus, F1, R5, R7
*. From iPhone 6s and above including iPhone SE
*. Huawei P8, P9, Mate 7, Mate S, Mate 8, Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, P10, P10 Plus, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, GR5 (2017), Honor 6
*. HTC 10, U Ultra, U Play, U11, Desire 825, Desire 530, Desire 10 Pro, Desire 610, Desire 628, Desire 626, Desire 820, Desire 530, One M9, One M8, One X9, One E9+, One A9
*. LG G3 (Dual-LTE), G4, G5, G6, Q6, V10, V20, V30
*. Sony Xperia Z3, XZ Premium, XA, XZ, XA1 Ultra, Z5, XA Ultra, X, M4 Aqua, Z3 Compact, Z3+, Z5 Premium, C5 Ultra, E5, M5, X Compact, X Performance, C3, C4, Z2a (D6563)
*. Lenovo P2, K6 Note
*. Xiaomi Mi Mix2, Xiaomi Mi Note 2
*. ZTE Axon 7
*. OnePlus 5, 5T
*. Blackberry Priv, KeyOne, DTEK 50, DTEK 6
*. Huawei P20 Lite
Meanwhile Alcatel linkhub hh40 and Huawei B525s- 65a router models are compatible with 4G for data only. This is another important deal, instead of buying a new device!
Note that these devices that support only Data will have to get software updates pushed to them so as to support VoLTE on Faiba 4G. So if you have a phone that supports Faiba 4G tell me in the comment section.