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Acer Z220 - Will it work on Wind?
June 7, 2015
4:16 pm
46jimbo
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GSM Arena gives the specs for the Acer Z220 as being able to use the 1700 and 2100 MHz bands. Does this mean that it will work on the Wind network too?

June 8, 2015
1:33 am
bridonca
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Maybe. There could be a variant of the Acer Z220 that works with Wind, but not necessarily the Speakout version. Then again, you might get lucky. Someone has to physically test it out!

June 9, 2015
2:27 am
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It should because it is unlocked and to quote wind "WIND?
Check compatibility with your phone’s manufacturer first.The WIND Mobile network uses a frequency called AWS, with bands 1700/2100 MHz.(Phones compatible with the U.S. T-Mobile network often work with WIND). It’s best to check out your phone maker’s website to check out specifications and then visit us in store to confirm with a specialist.
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My SO Acer liquid works with T-mobile. I checked it in Canada and it went roaming on Bell or Telus(therefore unlocked) and is quadband so I am planning on using it in the US.

June 10, 2015
4:17 pm
bridonca
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If it works with t-mobile, it should work with Wind. The question is, is there only one model of the Acer Z220, or are there variants? If there is one model, you have a Wind compatible phone.

June 22, 2015
2:52 pm
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Well, I've got an answer to this question, and it's "No". It doesn't work. The Wind employee said that Wind sims don't work in dual sim phones, even if they support the right frequencies. He couldn't explain the reason. He popped a Wind sim card into my Acer and, sure enough, it doesn't work.

This is disappointing, as Wind has a data only plan 1 GB for $8.25 per month.

June 24, 2015
1:27 am
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Well I have no basis in fact but I really wonder about that. I've heard other stories like that in my 67 years and only a few were true. :)
I think they mean both sims won't work with AWS only the first.

Here's a 2014 review of a dual sim phone(not the acer mind you) ....google came up immediately......

Bought this phone for my son (14) on the Wind mobile network after his previous phone died.
Don't have anything bad to say.
Opened the back, put in the SIM (I don't use the 2nd SIM), power it on - and it worked.
Android 4.2.2 - not the latest, but good enough. The phone is responsive for him to play games on, hear his music, IM and anything else he needs. He's been using it for 2-3 weeks now, with no complaints.
You will have to add a micro SD memory card (I just popped in an 8GB card from one of my old phones.)
The best value for money on a droid phone I could find for the wind network (AWS 1700/2100 MHz band) - not many options for unlocked phoned for that band out there.

another..............
Simply a great phone for the price if you want dual sims and support for Wind mobile band.

This phone works well with Wind/Rogers on my phone.. absolutely no issues for 4 months.

another....

Only 1 SIM has AWS support. I have yet to see a dual SIM phone with both SIMs carrying AWS frequencies. Only one SIM is 3G, the other is always 2G. In Canada, the only possible use for these dual SIM devices is to run rogers/rogers sub-brand on the 2G SIM. That said, what is wrong with using cheap Wind data on the 3G SIM and just calling and text via rogers on the 2G SIM. I am doing that combination successfully.

June 24, 2015
1:38 pm
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The Wind employee put his sim card into the 2nd sim slot. So you may be right. I should go back with an adapter and have him put it into the 1st slot.

June 24, 2015
11:40 pm
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Good too know. The plot thickens. If you check please let us know.

July 6, 2015
10:56 am
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dennismiller, I think you are not talking about the speakout Acer Z220, but may I know which phone you bought for you son? sorry if I miss something in your post. I do also want to buy a inexpensive dual SIM phone that works with WIND. Thanks.

September 4, 2015
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I run a Zenfone 2 with Speakout and Wind in the SIM slots and it works fine. Yes, you have to be selective of where you put each SIM.

I also have a Z220. It will only connect to a Wind Partner (ie not AWS). The only info I could find related to the phone leads me to believe that Acer had (has?) plans for an AWS supported version but so far appear to have only released one and it does not support AWS. Or at least, the version sold by Speakout does not support AWS. The Acer documentation is very lacking on this phone.