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What The Deal Is With T-Mobile’s 700MHz Spectrum

May 29, 2015 - Written By Nick Terry

There’s currently no other US carrier that has been in the news more than T-Mobile lately. With the magenta carriers bold “un-carrier” moves, all of this attention from the press is well deserved. At these events T-Mobile covers in detail what their plans are for their next bold move. Despite this, there is one subject that T-Mobile has not been so talkative or clear about. That subject is the carriers 700MHz spectrum.

You may remember that about a year ago T-Mobile purchased 700MHz spectrum from Verizon. But, since then T-Mobile hasn’t really talked much about their plans for making this spectrum available for users. Now though, there is official word that some areas of the US are beginning to see some of T-Mobile’s 700MHz spectrum. Some of these areas include California, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Something to take note of is that just because an area is listed above does not mean that the entire state is covered by T-Mobile’s 700MHz spectrum.

For those of you who are completely lost reading this article about 700MHz are probably asking, what is so special about 700MHz spectrum and why do I want it? The answer to this question is simple if you are in an area that is covered by 700MHz spectrum you will have a stronger network connection. On top of that there is the added benefit of it being a low-band network, which makes it great at penetrating walls. Meaning that those big concrete buildings that you usually don’t get reception in will no longer be that way.

There is a bit of a catch with 700MHZ spectrum though, you have to have a compatible phone to take advantage of it. So, here are all of the phones on T-Mobiles network that are compatible with T-Mobile’s 700MHz spectrum. The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro, HTC One M9, LG G4, LG G Stylo, LG Leon LTE, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Avant, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Then there are the phones that are capable of taking advantage of T-Mobile’s 700MHz spectrum but haven’t received the necessary software updates yet. Those three phones are the Sony Xperia Z3, ZTE ZMax, and Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE.