LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 likely to work on T-Mobile’s 600MHz network

Normally gains in smartphone technology are realized through improvements in components like the processors or better screens or beefed up cameras. One area poised to see gains in the not too distant future is in connection speed, but it is going to take the work of both smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers to make this happen. T-Mobile is working on it and has made significant investments in 600MHz spectrum which will provide the framework for the eventual deployment of 5G technology and speeds. In anticipation of that, the carrier revealed today that at least a couple devices will be able to tap into the new spectrum this year. The devices appear to be the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

According to a series of tweets by T-Mobile CTO Ray Neville, the carrier is deploying their new 600MHz spectrum much faster than anticipated with the two-year schedule now compressed down to only six months. Whether customers will be able to achieve 5G type speeds is unclear, but they will certainly benefit from faster 4G LTE speeds on the new spectrum.

To take advantage of the faster speed though, consumers will need devices capable of supporting it and Neville indicated that both Samsung and LG will have such devices ready this year. He did not name specific devices, but in a subsequent post he did not contradict claims that the Galaxy Note 8 and V30 will be compatible.

Some have noted that with LG being the manufacturer for the new Google Pixel XL 2 device, Neville’s statement could also apply to that phone. If true, that would be a nice development for Google as there is currently no expectation that Apple is ready to include the necessary hardware in their new devices this year to support 5G speeds giving Google and Android a nice selling feature.

Are you eager for 5G speeds to be available via the wireless carriers?

source: Ray Neville (Twitter)


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.