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T-Mobile Confirms LG V30 Comes With Compatibility for 600MHz Spectrum

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Early this year, T-Mobile was reported to have spent around $8 billion on spectrum licenses for a new investment on the 600MHz band intended to cover the entire country. Since 600MHz is low-band spectrum, it is able to provide good coverage for users inside buildings as well as those in rural areas.

T-Mobile earlier sent an ex parte notice to the Federal Communications Commission explaining how they want to "rapidly deploy" the new spectrum. One of the carrier's immediate plans for the 600MHz band is so that it could serve as a new choice and competition to rural areas that they have not been serving.

After a few months, T-Mobile has finally launched its 600MHz network. To start with, anyone who resides in Wyoming or Maine can already enjoy using this new network. At least they can if they have the newly unveiled LG V30, the first phone to support T-Mobile's new 600 MHz spectrum.

The smartphone was unveiled by LG executives in Barcelona very early this morning. Right after it was introduced, T-Mobile confirmed that the Qualcomm X16 modem on the LG V30 is compatible with LTE Band 71; which really refers to T-Mobile's 600MHz network.

To date, the LG V30 is the only device that comes with Band 71 compatibility. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, however, has promised that more B71-compatible devices are set to be launched by the end of the year. Most likely, it will be a Samsung device. But it could also be available on the upcoming iPhone 8.


Source: RCRWireless, BGR

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  1. And it's nothing.

    600mhz won't cover most Americans until late 2019, at which point another 2 whole generations of phone will have been released.

    There's literally no point getting this phone until then, at which point the price will have been drastically reduced.

    Sure, Wyoming and Maine may still have some use for it, but they'll also have a much better selection of devices on networks that already covered their areas before T-mobile started moving in.

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    1. These areas are supposed to go online in 2017. We shall see...
      Wyoming
      Northwest Oregon
      West Texas
      Southwest Kansas
      The Oklahoma panhandle
      Western North Dakota
      Maine
      Coastal North Carolina
      Central Pennsylvania
      Central Virginia
      Eastern Washington

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    2. MinistryOfSillyWalksSeptember 2, 2017 at 3:42 AM

      No, No, No, my boy! The purpose of this phone...LG V30...is to have fun with the 120-degree wide angle lense.

      Is sooo disappointed in Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 with it's 2X optical zoom lense (Do iPhone 7Plus owners actually use that?) Whatta waste! Just gimme more MEGAPICKLES & I'll zoom in meself after I've taken the photo!
      Much rather have the wide angle lense of the LG V30.

      Also, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 seems to lack a band 71 according to Phone Scoop. That's odd.

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  2. Marketing fluff. 600MHz isn't going to magically fix their network any more than 700MHz LTE. For the last 2 years, all we heard was that Band 12 would be the "savior" for T-Mobile. Just a bunch of hype and nothing more. When they don't have a tower within 50 miles, it doesn't matter what Band they are using. You are SOL.

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    1. Band 12 has made a huge difference, and has just about doubled T-Mobile coverage. This expansion is a main reason for T-Mobile's strong growth to pull well ahead of Sprint.

      I am typing this from experience, seeing T-Mobile speeds ranging from 5 mbps to 15 mbps all over where a couple of years ago T-Mobile had no signal at all.

      If 600 MHZ fills in the rest of the territory, it will make another huge difference.

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    2. @Anon944, Band 12 WAS marketing fluff in that 1) T-Mobile didn't buy as many licenses as Verizon and AT&T did for their 700 MHz networks, and subsequently, their holdings were a patchy 5x5. So in markets where band 12 was their only network, it would get congested rather quickly when a lot of customers would sign up.

      But T-Mobile spent quite well in the 600 MHz auction--picking up, IIRC, a national average of 20x20. So if the current owners vacate soon enough, it should somewhat address the issue of congestion even in markets where 600 MHz is T-Mobile's only network. My only question is how much do they actually plan to build out vs. squat on/sell.

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    3. By the time band 12 devices became affordable, it was totally congested in my area and next to useless. I hope the same thing doesn't happen with 71.

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  3. Wake me up in 2 yrs and maybe I'll try them. BTW, the band 12 did not change the poor signal for me even though the map shows I am in the middle of a band 12 coverage area.

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  4. I am surprised by the short-sighted naysayers. This will be very good for T-Mobile and their customers. Obviously, new phones will be required but then the early adopters will have the new spectrum all to themselves!

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    1. You can't have spectrum to yourself if it isn't deployed in your area yet, and you don't need to spend hundreds on a new flagship if another carrier already offered better coverage and cheaper devices.

      At this point, the V30 is just a bragging rights phone compared to the handful of other flagships that are about to come out.

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    2. The LG V30 is simply the first phone with 600MHz. This article isn't really about the V30, rather, it is about the new T-Mobile capability becoming a reality.

      The complaint seems to be that the new 600MHz is not instantaneously available on all existing phones and in all 50 states on the first day....

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    3. IF I have any "complaint", it is that the sluggards at Apple and Samsung couldn't be arsed to get this 600 mhz feature into their new flagships, considering that T-Mobile announced this months ago.

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  5. "I am surprised by the short-sighted naysayers. This will be very good for T-Mobile and their customers..."

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but the biggest "naysay" on this is that it is a phone that hardly anyone will buy. Like it or not, the reality of mobile phone sales in the US now is "Samsung and Apple, and the rest are trace amounts".

    Until this market changes, this isn't a big deal, really.

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  6. Tmobile works great and this news will make it even better. Fast download now on Band 12 and with new phones in the future even better.

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    1. Well, the much smaller coverage even now means that T-Mobile "works great" for a minority of Americans. Cover the nation with 600mhz, and it will "work great" for everyone who needs to use a cell phone in the contiguous 48 states.

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  7. Documents seen on the FCC web site suggest Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active, version of the SM-G892U first Band 66 & 71-compatible smartphone for T-Mobiles' 600MHz.

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    1. Wrong. The V30 supports Band 66 and 71.

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    2. The Tmo Galaxy S8 A won't be out for a couple of months.

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  8. Qualcomm announced 10/17 new RF Front-End chips, amplifiers and tuners to help connect a physical antenna to the phone’s modem. The RF Front-End also lets phones with 700MHz antennas connect to 600MHz signals.

    “It’ll be in the spring crop of smartphones. At least some of the OEMs will be using it in the first half of 2018,” said Sharif Hanna, Qualcomm’s Staff Manager of Product Marketing for 4G and 5G.

    Qualcomm is making parts that’ll work with its Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, and 800 families of processors. While only the flagship LG V30 supports T-Mobile’s 600MHz band 71 right now, these Qualcomm parts will help to expand 600MHz support to affordable devices, which should get more people onto that coverage.
    Source: Tmo News, PC Magazine

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