BAND 20 Xiaomi Redmi 5A  5.0 Inch 4G LTE Smartphone MIUI 9.0 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad Core HD Screen 2GB RAM 16GB ROM £65.29 (Grey) @ Geekbuying
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BAND 20 Xiaomi Redmi 5A 5.0 Inch 4G LTE Smartphone MIUI 9.0 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad Core HD Screen 2GB RAM 16GB ROM £65.29 (Grey) @ Geekbuying

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Found 29th Dec 2017
Good price and a decent spec'd phone for this price range - use code NAYSILJN at checkout for above price, make sure logged in or code won't be applied.

All important Band 20 for UK

5-inch capacitive screen, HD 1280x720 pixels

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad Core 64bit 1.4GHz, GPU: Adreno 308

MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 OS

2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD (Vfat Form)

Dual Nano SIM Card dual standby(Both SIM slots are compatible with 4G respectively. LTE: When they work at the same time, only one of them can receive service in 4G and the other in 2G; CDMA: When they work at the same time, only one of them can receive service in 4G and other cannot receive service )

13MP rear camera with LED flash,F / 2.2 aperture; 5MP front-facing camera

Support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS

This phone will only work with 2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8; 3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8; 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20, TD-LTE B38/B40


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deleted19950929th Dec 2017

2gb ram - cold



Absolutely hilarious, especially considering you've personally posted just 1 deal in over 8 years on the site. Sort yourself out....
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How long is the warranty ? What is the returns policy ? How long is the delivery time ?
Do you know if there will be tax/customs and admin charges to the uk?
littlecoupe21 m ago

Do you know if there will be tax/customs and admin charges to the uk?


No any charges on free delivery. If you going with DHL they send you custom bill.
A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other than the screen, no info on battery life, but I am guessing the 3000mAh battery, coupled with the lower spec cpu will give it similar up time to the Note 3/4, so ~2 days average use.

Since the estimated release price was ~£100, and assuming you dont get stung for tax, this is a very decent price; however if you do get a tax bill, it suddenly becomes a bit more expensive.

Still a good first phone for a child though, and Xiaomi have a good rep for build quality and firmware/software support.

IMPORTANT

Add EMS to the list of postal options that attract customs duty; I have just got stung for DOUBLE what I might reasonably expect to pay, on something imported via EMS. Item value inc Postage is £139 (£101 + £38), the VAT bill is for over £40, + £12 handling charge. I wont know if this is a declaration error, HMRC error, or some obscure duty tariff until I collect it from the depot.

(It should be Vat @20%, or Vat @20% + 2.5% tariff charge AFAIK).
this is a very fine phone for £65, i`m tempted to by as a backup.
Average price. The 4A is arguably a better buy around this price and this has been standard price for it fof months now. For being only 2/16 and from Asia price needs to be sub 60 now. Better off paying an extra 20 and geting a 4X with 3/16 at least, even 3/32 if you don't mind pink colour.
deleted19950929th Dec 2017

2gb ram - cold



Absolutely hilarious, especially considering you've personally posted just 1 deal in over 8 years on the site. Sort yourself out....
Gentle_Giant1 h, 28 m ago

A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other …A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other than the screen, no info on battery life, but I am guessing the 3000mAh battery, coupled with the lower spec cpu will give it similar up time to the Note 3/4, so ~2 days average use.Since the estimated release price was ~£100, and assuming you dont get stung for tax, this is a very decent price; however if you do get a tax bill, it suddenly becomes a bit more expensive.Still a good first phone for a child though, and Xiaomi have a good rep for build quality and firmware/software support.IMPORTANTAdd EMS to the list of postal options that attract customs duty; I have just got stung for DOUBLE what I might reasonably expect to pay, on something imported via EMS. Item value inc Postage is £139 (£101 + £38), the VAT bill is for over £40, + £12 handling charge. I wont know if this is a declaration error, HMRC error, or some obscure duty tariff until I collect it from the depot.(It should be Vat @20%, or Vat @20% + 2.5% tariff charge AFAIK).


Not just for the Asia market, but Eastern European market.
This version is around £80 in Czech, 2 year warranty, and the 3/32gb is just over £100.

Clicking on the deal says £69 now for me, and the 'RRP' is nonsense.
Edited by: "mcek" 29th Dec 2017
Is band 20 the future then?
Driver.817 m ago

Is band 20 the future then?


It's the present for O2, giff gaff...........
Driver.842 m ago

Is band 20 the future then?


It's the 4G band used by O2, and therefore Tesco, Sky, GiffGaff etc. Some people make a massive deal about phones not supporting it, but I'm not arsed to be honest, it's never made a difference to me.
Anyone used Geekbuying before? Are they reliable ?
Driver.81 h, 6 m ago

Is band 20 the future then?


The future as in 2018?!

All UK networks currently use band 20 - for O2 & Voda, it's actually their main 4G frequency
Edited by: "wildecat" 29th Dec 2017
wildecat37 m ago

The future as in 2018?!All UK networks currently use band 20 - for O2 & …The future as in 2018?!All UK networks currently use band 20 - for O2 & Voda, it's actually their main 4G frequency


Well said. Much appreciated. Voted hot
Edited by: "sam_of_london" 29th Dec 2017
badboyofrock58 m ago

It's the 4G band used by O2, and therefore Tesco, Sky, GiffGaff etc. Some …It's the 4G band used by O2, and therefore Tesco, Sky, GiffGaff etc. Some people make a massive deal about phones not supporting it, but I'm not arsed to be honest, it's never made a difference to me.


You will never even know the difference, just poor data speed in many places.
Edited by: "sam_of_london" 29th Dec 2017
sam_of_london16 m ago

You will never even know the difference, just poor data speed in many …You will never even know the difference, just poor data speed in many places.


I know, but it's not something that happens to me. Round where I live and work, data speed never drops below about 40 Meg, but it's usually nearer 50. Best I've got is 90. Only time I got bad data speed was in central London in the summer, but my wife and daughter, who have a UK spec and sourced Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6S respectively, and on the same network, suffered the same, so I don't believe it was anything to do with B20. Again, B20 isn't something I'm bothered about, and I'm not the only one.
Edited by: "badboyofrock" 29th Dec 2017
Andre.Kuz3 h, 58 m ago

No any charges on free delivery. If you going with DHL they send you …No any charges on free delivery. If you going with DHL they send you custom bill.


Thanks
No fingerprint sensor!
I have the 4a and runs great. Android is fine on 2 gig of ram. My phone has never lagged once. Paid £75 and would buy another in an instant. Brilliant little phones.
It's nearly 2018 and still 720p screen! - cold
tinca6 h, 19 m ago

FFS its a 65£ phone!!!!


So? 2GB is tiny.
Northerndave4 h, 19 m ago

Anyone used Geekbuying before? Are they reliable ?


I had bad experience with them. Ordered Mi6 on black friday and item was not even posted 20 days later. Had to cancel and got refund.
Edited by: "Ash265" 29th Dec 2017
badboyofrock3 h, 29 m ago

I know, but it's not something that happens to me. Round where I live and …I know, but it's not something that happens to me. Round where I live and work, data speed never drops below about 40 Meg, but it's usually nearer 50. Best I've got is 90. Only time I got bad data speed was in central London in the summer, but my wife and daughter, who have a UK spec and sourced Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6S respectively, and on the same network, suffered the same, so I don't believe it was anything to do with B20. Again, B20 isn't something I'm bothered about, and I'm not the only one.



I have a Note3 SE running on GiffGaff band 20, and I get 55Mbps at around 1 mile from the nearest mast. The advantage of Band 20, and the reason nearly all the networks use it to some extent, is that it travels well, and penetrates obstacles that higher frequencies just bounce off of; so you need fewer masts to cover an area.

This phone, although sold elsewhere, was meant for areas using band 20, which is the "poverty spec" version of 4G mostly found in India and China, yes, it will be sold to other countries, but they mostly DONT use band 20, so could get away with non Band 20 versions of the phone.

As for "only" 2GB RAM, my older Note has that, and doesnt have any issues running the latest OS version, or any of the games that have been installed on it. Dont forget, there were still plenty of 1GB, and a few 512MB phones out there at this price point only last year.
I guess when I can’t see NFC on the site it won’t have it unless anyone knows different?
badboyofrock3 h, 43 m ago

I know, but it's not something that happens to me. Round where I live and …I know, but it's not something that happens to me. Round where I live and work, data speed never drops below about 40 Meg, but it's usually nearer 50. Best I've got is 90. Only time I got bad data speed was in central London in the summer, but my wife and daughter, who have a UK spec and sourced Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6S respectively, and on the same network, suffered the same, so I don't believe it was anything to do with B20. Again, B20 isn't something I'm bothered about, and I'm not the only one.


It's not poor speeds for 4g if O2 have rubber banded their 2g edge to 4g then it'll be none existent or you'll get EDGE which is about as much use as a choccie fireguard. Some rural masts where upgraded to 4g from 2g as they forced O2 to go up from the 80% they where stuck on. As others have said if your home mast is EE or Three or the same mast where I live and your home 90% of the time then B20 will never be an issue. Having said that though you limit your options if O2 got their act together and upped the cat of LTE to equal EE and you get full 1ca speed then you can't switch if they have a more competitive price. On balance B20 is useful and all networks use it to some extent so I would get a Chinese phone with it.
pengwyn32 m ago

It's not poor speeds for 4g if O2 have rubber banded their 2g edge to 4g …It's not poor speeds for 4g if O2 have rubber banded their 2g edge to 4g then it'll be none existent or you'll get EDGE which is about as much use as a choccie fireguard. Some rural masts where upgraded to 4g from 2g as they forced O2 to go up from the 80% they where stuck on. As others have said if your home mast is EE or Three or the same mast where I live and your home 90% of the time then B20 will never be an issue. Having said that though you limit your options if O2 got their act together and upped the cat of LTE to equal EE and you get full 1ca speed then you can't switch if they have a more competitive price. On balance B20 is useful and all networks use it to some extent so I would get a Chinese phone with it.


I understand why some might need B20, what it is and what it does. All I'm saying is that lack of it has never been a problem for me. Incidentally, all 3 of us are on 3. But, as I said earlier, if you're on O2 or anything that piggy-backs, then yes, you need band 20.
Edited by: "badboyofrock" 29th Dec 2017
Gentle_Giant38 m ago

I have a Note3 SE running on GiffGaff band 20, and I get 55Mbps at around …I have a Note3 SE running on GiffGaff band 20, and I get 55Mbps at around 1 mile from the nearest mast. The advantage of Band 20, and the reason nearly all the networks use it to some extent, is that it travels well, and penetrates obstacles that higher frequencies just bounce off of; so you need fewer masts to cover an area.This phone, although sold elsewhere, was meant for areas using band 20, which is the "poverty spec" version of 4G mostly found in India and China, yes, it will be sold to other countries, but they mostly DONT use band 20, so could get away with non Band 20 versions of the phone.As for "only" 2GB RAM, my older Note has that, and doesnt have any issues running the latest OS version, or any of the games that have been installed on it. Dont forget, there were still plenty of 1GB, and a few 512MB phones out there at this price point only last year.


As I explained to another user, I understand what Band 20 is, what it does and where you need it. What I said was, lack of B20 has never made any difference to me, although, I am on 3 and I believe they only use it if you live right out in the sticks (I don't), or if you use Volte (I don't). As you use GiffGaff, then yes, you need B20 support.
jpd1135 m ago

I guess when I can’t see NFC on the site it won’t have it unless anyone kno …I guess when I can’t see NFC on the site it won’t have it unless anyone knows different?


It doesn't.
Edited by: "badboyofrock" 29th Dec 2017
I ran a non-band 20 Xiaomi phone on Tesco Mobile (O2) for a year and had no issues with data. It was 3G / HSPA+ most of the time with good speeds (occasional 4G in cities). Even coped ok in rural Cornwall and Wales. Running on Vodafone now and get 4G in any town, HSPA pretty much everywhere else.

Just my experience, but I was never caught short, so to speak!
badboyofrock18 m ago

As I explained to another user, I understand what Band 20 is, what it does …As I explained to another user, I understand what Band 20 is, what it does and where you need it. What I said was, lack of B20 has never made any difference to me, although, I am on 3 and I believe they only use it if you live right out in the sticks (I don't), or if you use Volte (I don't). As you use GiffGaff, then yes, you need B20 support.


That's fine, I think we both are agreeing but it's not straighforward just to say your ok if your with three and it's simple enough to check on another person's phone with all the networks phones to see what your local mast situation is. Mine is much like yours. Three put the first 3g mast up as I live in the middle of nowhere and now both EE and three use it as EE rationalised their network because of over capacity. Annoying when both EE and three go down I can't even get online I have to use my mother's across the road.
pengwyn16 m ago

That's fine, I think we both are agreeing but it's not straighforward just …That's fine, I think we both are agreeing but it's not straighforward just to say your ok if your with three and it's simple enough to check on another person's phone with all the networks phones to see what your local mast situation is. Mine is much like yours. Three put the first 3g mast up as I live in the middle of nowhere and now both EE and three use it as EE rationalised their network because of over capacity. Annoying when both EE and three go down I can't even get online I have to use my mother's across the road.


Agreed. What I'm very clumsily saying is that there are a few people on these threads, and you and I know who they are, who say that you absolutely MUST have B20 support. And, we both also know that, depending on your network, this isn't necessarily true. I also feel that some folk will have been talked out of buying a device based on this 'info' when it may have been perfectly usable.
Gentle_Giant8 h, 25 m ago

A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other …A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other than the screen, no info on battery life, but I am guessing the 3000mAh battery, coupled with the lower spec cpu will give it similar up time to the Note 3/4, so ~2 days average use.Since the estimated release price was ~£100, and assuming you dont get stung for tax, this is a very decent price; however if you do get a tax bill, it suddenly becomes a bit more expensive.Still a good first phone for a child though, and Xiaomi have a good rep for build quality and firmware/software support.IMPORTANTAdd EMS to the list of postal options that attract customs duty; I have just got stung for DOUBLE what I might reasonably expect to pay, on something imported via EMS. Item value inc Postage is £139 (£101 + £38), the VAT bill is for over £40, + £12 handling charge. I wont know if this is a declaration error, HMRC error, or some obscure duty tariff until I collect it from the depot.(It should be Vat @20%, or Vat @20% + 2.5% tariff charge AFAIK).

​so ems and dhl are methods to avoid if you dont want to be stung by customs?
UberPark5 m ago

​so ems and dhl are methods to avoid if you dont want to be stung by c …​so ems and dhl are methods to avoid if you dont want to be stung by customs?


Definitely. You are almost guaranteeing charges.
Need 3GB/32GB minimum.
faxmax8 h, 48 m ago

Average price. The 4A is arguably a better buy around this price and this …Average price. The 4A is arguably a better buy around this price and this has been standard price for it fof months now. For being only 2/16 and from Asia price needs to be sub 60 now. Better off paying an extra 20 and geting a 4X with 3/16 at least, even 3/32 if you don't mind pink colour.


any link?
Gentle_Giant10 h, 40 m ago

A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other …A cheap phone meant for the Indian/Chinese market; reasonable spec other than the screen, no info on battery life, but I am guessing the 3000mAh battery, coupled with the lower spec cpu will give it similar up time to the Note 3/4, so ~2 days average use.Since the estimated release price was ~£100, and assuming you dont get stung for tax, this is a very decent price; however if you do get a tax bill, it suddenly becomes a bit more expensive.Still a good first phone for a child though, and Xiaomi have a good rep for build quality and firmware/software support.IMPORTANTAdd EMS to the list of postal options that attract customs duty; I have just got stung for DOUBLE what I might reasonably expect to pay, on something imported via EMS. Item value inc Postage is £139 (£101 + £38), the VAT bill is for over £40, + £12 handling charge. I wont know if this is a declaration error, HMRC error, or some obscure duty tariff until I collect it from the depot.(It should be Vat @20%, or Vat @20% + 2.5% tariff charge AFAIK).


I've noticed HMRC have decided their own value on some of my items also with the taxes having no correlation to the declared value.

I've put it down to you win some and you lose some, I'm still quid in compared to what I've imported. The £12 is always the kick in the teeth for me.
Good phones, I've got the 4A, posting on it now, got for 55 quid about jan/Feb last year, with gearbest credit.

I'd have no hesitation buying again, but I don't need it just yet.

Edit: I never go for fancy shipping from Asia, just standard and it always makes it, with no excess to pay. Takes a while mind.
Edited by: "Ed.Winchester" 29th Dec 2017
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