- 06-04-2012, 05:34 PM #2
Well, if you have a Lumia 800 on T-Mo I don't know how you're getting 3G anyway. Should you only be getting 2G?
- 06-04-2012, 10:46 PM #3
- 06-05-2012, 09:53 AM #4
06-05-2012, 10:45 AM #5
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Dont know if this is true or means anything, but the wife and I were in a T-mobile store the other day and my wife asked about T-mobile getting the iphone. The sales rep told her she could purchase an Iphone somewhere else and use it on the T-mobile network. At that point I jumped in and said, but wouldn't it be only edge and she stated that it would get 3G. Again don't know if that was just an unknowning sales rep, or if T-mobile / ATT are starting to share frequency spectrum.
- 06-05-2012, 06:57 PM #6
06-05-2012, 07:16 PM #7
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Agreed, however I brought up the iPhone as its largely an att device like the 800 the originator was talking about. Is it possible that att and t-mobile are somehow sharing frequency now? Would that explain how he was able to get 3g?
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- 06-05-2012, 07:37 PM #8
- 06-06-2012, 05:37 PM #9
Basically this is what T-Mobile is trying to do:
For 3G, iPhone has support for 850, 900, 1900, and 2100. For 2G, iPhone supports 850, 900, 1800, and 1900.
Right now, T-Mobile's 3G (pink) is on AWS (1700/2100), so no 3G for the iPhone. Instead, the iPhone runs on 2G (blue), because T-Mobile's 2G is on 1900.
So what T-Mobile is trying to do, is reduce GSM capacity on 1900, and put some 3G capacity on the 1900 band. That way, an iPhone on T-Mobile would get 3G (because iPhone supports 3G on 1900). Also, since part of the 3G capacity moved from AWS (1700/2100) to PCS (1900), that frees up some AWS spectrum so T-Mobile can deploy LTE (green) on that freed spectrum.
Furthermore, as many know, AT&T deploys some of it's 3G on 1900. Also, AT&T plans to deploy some of it's LTE on AWS. So hopefully in the future, you can take an unlocked AT&T phone to T-Mobile and have both LTE (on AWS) and 3G (on PCS) working, and vice versa.
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- 06-07-2012, 01:36 AM #13
Chinocop, could you tell us exactly where and when you saw 3G on your Lumia 800?
- 06-07-2012, 04:22 PM #14
- 06-08-2012, 01:31 AM #17Phone History (hopefully in order): Samsung SGH-D407 > AT&T (HTC) Tilt > Sony Ericsson W580 > Blackberry Curve 8900 > Sony Ericsson C901 > HTC Touch Pro 2 > Blackberry 9700 > iPhone 3GS > Motorola Defy > Blackberry 9650 > iPhone 4 > Nokia E71 > Dell Venue Pro > HTC Titan > HTC Titan II > Lumia 900 + Samsung Galaxy Exhibit > Nokia Lumia 920 + Nokia Lumia 521 + Motorola RAZR V3xx
Last updated: 05/13/2013
- 06-08-2012, 10:15 AM #19
- 06-18-2012, 09:22 AM #23
As was mentioned before, T-Mobile is refarming their 3G spectrum from the 1700 AWS band, to the 1900 PCS band. This will allow any unlocked device, supporting the 1900 spectrum to get HSPA+ (if the device radio supports the +21, otherwise just regular HSPA).
The fact that someone got it in downtown Bellevue, isn't surprising considering T-Mobile is headquarted in Seattle. Logically, I would think they would start the refarm on their home turf and expand by market size after that.
Word on the street is that the spectrum refarm is supposed to be completed by late October, definitely by the start of 2013, as that is when T-Mobile begins deploying LTE on the 1700Mhz AWS band. More markets should begin seeing HSPA+ speeds over the coming months.
I was thinking about signing up with Red Pocket Mobile, because they're an MVNO that uses AT&T. My wife uses it on her Lumia 800 and gets HSPA+, but MMS doesn't work...so I guess I'll stick with T-Mobile EDGE until they refarm Nashville.Samsung Instinct>>Instinct s30>>Samsung Moment>>HTC EVO 4G>>HTC Arrive>>Nexus S 4G>>Samsung Focus Flash>>Dell Venue Pro>>Nokia Lumia 800
- 06-19-2012, 12:37 AM #24
- 06-19-2012, 11:01 PM #25Phone History (hopefully in order): Samsung SGH-D407 > AT&T (HTC) Tilt > Sony Ericsson W580 > Blackberry Curve 8900 > Sony Ericsson C901 > HTC Touch Pro 2 > Blackberry 9700 > iPhone 3GS > Motorola Defy > Blackberry 9650 > iPhone 4 > Nokia E71 > Dell Venue Pro > HTC Titan > HTC Titan II > Lumia 900 + Samsung Galaxy Exhibit > Nokia Lumia 920 + Nokia Lumia 521 + Motorola RAZR V3xx
Last updated: 05/13/2013