Can’t get 3G or 4G signal on your Gionee F103? Here’s why.


A few weeks before I purchased my DooPro P1 Pro, I dropped a guide on how to confirm that your network’s 4G SIM will work on your 4G enabled Android phone. It was aimed at helping others (like me) who were scouting for 4G LTE Android phones to pick only devices that would be compatible with their service providers 4G band(s).

Several Forum posts and emails later, I was on a hunt for the reason why Gionee F103 wouldn’t support 3G or 4G for most Nigerian users, only 2G. I started by checking the specs online and 4G LTE was one feature but there was no mention of which bands. I was certain it was an incompatible band issue but had to prove it.

After quite some digging, it turns out some unlucky ones didn’t research the phone’s supported 4G LTE bands before purchasing.

I’ll show you some screenshots from Engineer mode > Band Mode of a Gionee F103 before I proceed.

Gionee F103 No 3G No 4G 2G Only



And Here are some screenshots from my THL T7 (4G enabled)

THL T7 supported 4G 3G bands

Compared to my THL T7, the Gionee F103 doesn’t seem to support our 3G bands here in Nigeria. On the LTE band, we have band 38, 39, 40 & 41. According to the supported 4G / 5G bands in Nigeria table, it would only support 4G LTE sims from Swift and Spectranet.

Will flashing or upgrading fix this?

Very unlikely, unless there is some kind of global NVRAM for this model (which I doubt).

If you have this model and reside in Nigeria then try the above networks 4G SIMs and lets know if any works for you.

Are you having 2G only issues on your Gionee F103? let’s know which networks you’ve tried

40 Comments

  1. please sir I can get 4g on my gionee f105

  2. How did you bring up the menu

  3. my goinee v183 doesn’t work on 3g network, any help pls

  4. Good evening, i use the f103 3gb ram, please is it possible that when I upgrade mine, i can at least use 3g service… Cuz its really frustrating rn

  5. sir, does that mean, Nigerians can’t use goinee f103 and enjoy 3g and 4g network.

  6. Hello, please I’m having same issue. Does it mean the device is a clone? And is there any solution to this problem?

  7. Dear enigma,

    big ups to you, your interventions have been fantastic!

    please, is there any solution yet to this f103 issue and has it been proven that swift or spectranet works with this device please.

  8. does it support with play store services

    • Hello Emmanuel!
      I also have the same problem, and to my greatest surprise, it doesn’t support play store.

      Please, How does this information affect my plone?
      Thanks.

  9. Good morning bro.
    Please apart from the price what are the distinct diffrence between an original and a clone the both look same just looking at them. Am also having same problem with my f103. Also depending on wifi when i want to download heavy files. Please let me know the diff i dnt want to be a victim again.
    Thank you.

  10. Hello Enigma, Sorry for taking this much to reply, it’s because I’ve been busy.
    Well so far, I couldn’t summon the courage to mess with thd phone so I decided to visit a technician. When I got there, the lad being kind enough let me in on some secret abt how boys at the mtn stand in Rumukurishi, ph, slander people. It turns out that these boys purchase these phones intentionally & then sell it to an unsuspecting victim, through jiji or olx. The guy said it’s hardware based, and that the 3g network is tied to the chinese manus. When i checked up the bands before, i noticed that mine had TD_SCDMA Band A & F enabled in place of a 3g band, which the guy explained as been a 3g substitute in china. From what Chris said, i’d like to ask – Does a clone phone look & operates like the original. I’m asking this becus mine has both serial, imei, cpu model, etc, of the manufacturers, or does this simply mean that the manufacturers are responsible for creating clone models of the original?

    • The clones are not created by the manufacturers of the original but by people looking to make a quick buck off unsuspecting victims who think they’re buying the real deal. Clones can look really much like the original but you’ll usually be able to spot design & performance differences if you look closely.
      Clones are on the rise so the days of road-side / careless online phone purchase are long gone for those looking to avoid buying clones

    • yeap, those clones look exactly like the original, you should know its a clone even when buying them, the price is relatively low, you can get it for as low as 15k while the original is not less than 40k.
      You can check this article on how to browse with a 3gb network speed on a 2g enabled phone or data plan, it might help. check it out at chrisrepair dot com

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