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T-Mobile CTO Ray says Samsung will deliver a 600MHz enabled phone by the holidays

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T-Mobile CTO Ray says Samsung will deliver a 600MHz enabled phone by the holidays
A tweet disseminated today by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray confirms the carrier's plans to quickly begin using some of the 600MHz spectrum it picked up at the FCC's auction. As we've stated before, since it is low-frequency spectrum, it has the ability to travel farther and penetrate buildings better than high-frequency airwaves do. The nation's third largest carrier spent $7.99 billion during the auction and won approximately 31Mhz of the 600MHz spectrum. That works out to about 45% of the total amount of airwaves that were up for bidding.

Ray's tweet said that T-Mobile will be deploying some of the new spectrum this year. But since current devices are not set up to run on 600MHz, T-Mobile (and the other auction winners) are waiting for such devices to be produced by manufacturers. According to Ray, and he should know, Samsung will have a new handset that supports 600MHz by the holidays. He also stated that other manufacturers are planning to build phones that will run over that frequency.

The auction winners will not have the opportunity to immediately employ all of the airwaves they won in the auction. Some of the television stations that gave up their 600MHz spectrum to the FCC will need time to transition over to new frequencies for their broadcasts.


source: @NevilleRay

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posted on 24 Apr 2017, 22:06

1. audibot (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


also known as the NOTE 8

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 22:21 2

2. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3823; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


There's 1 improvement to look forward to in the Note 8. The Note 7 had several differentiating points against the S7 Edge besides merely processor and RAM spec bumps people are used to. Can't wait to see what other handy enhancements Samsung would add to make the Note 8 more than merely an S8+ with a pen...hope it includes the IR blaster.

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 22:32 1

3. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3823; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


BTW, anyone been using SideSync with their Samsung Smartphone? Just recently heard about it from comments on YouTube. It's already looking like 1 heck of a very handy application for Samsung's devices paired with a computer, yet I never see it in reviews of Samsung's devices...

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 23:57

7. manojmcn (Posts: 623; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


I think SideSync will be replaced by Dex from S8 onwards.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 06:07

10. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3823; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


SideSync serves a totally different purpose from Dex. Dex turns your phone into a low-end Desktop PC, SideSync allows performing your Smartphone's functions on your current PC, including sending/receiving text messages, calls and files, and mirroring your Smartphone screen.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 10:27

11. Techist (Posts: 270; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


SideSync has been around for at least 3-4 years, I think, but yeah, you hardly ever hear about it. I've used it to view and respond to WhatsApp messages on my Samsung tablet synced to my Samsung smartphone, which has been pretty cool. But what I am finding even more enjoyable now is mirroring anything on my phone (as in anything at all, not just Google cast stuff) to my Samsung smart TV. The smartphone and TV automatically recognize one another (nothing to set up) and you just tap an icon on the phone and BAM, there's your stuff on the TV!

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 10:39 1

12. Techist (Posts: 270; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Here's an article on Sidesync from July 2013, long before Apple's Continuity:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/hands-on-samsung-sidesync-software/

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 22:39 1

4. rjayx (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2016)


So..... The tmo S8 is going to be out of date in less than a year. wamp wamp

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 22:58 6

5. willard12 (Posts: 1966; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


By your standards, why exactly would the S8 be the only device that is out of date? wamp wamp

posted on 24 Apr 2017, 23:45

6. Kevro_86 (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Samsung has totally underestimated how important the IR BLASTER is to TENS OF MILLIONS of people. I'll take an IR BLASTER over an iris scanner or fingerprint scanner ANY DAY! I actually use the IR BLASTER in my Note 4 more than I use the freaking S-PEN!!!

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 00:00

8. manojmcn (Posts: 623; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Seems its a non-issue. The sales numbers show that nobody cares for IR blaster.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 01:31

9. therealestmc (Posts: 438; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


IR blaster? TV and cable boxes already come with remote controls. I really don't see a need for an IR. Does it do something else that is very important I am not aware of?

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 13:14

13. emcdonald75 (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I just hope for Samsung to take the Galaxy S8 design but add stereo speakers, 128GB base storage and place the fingerprint scanner under the screen (not on the back beside the camera). That would be the best phone to me.

posted on 25 Apr 2017, 23:21

14. YoJerms77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Apr 2017)


I had AT&T for about five years and switched to T-Mobile this past February. I love them, their customer service and their phone service!

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