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T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II could receive update to turn on LTE support

T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II could receive update to turn on LTE support
Earlier Tuesday, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said that Las Vegas would be the first city to be covered by a T-Mobile LTE signal. And that, naturally, got some T-Mobile customers wondering about the fate of their Samsung GALAXY Note II which currently runs on the carrier's HSPA+ pipeline. You might remember back in October, we told you that the 5.5 inch phablet has the Qualcomm 9215M chipset which supports both LTE and HSPA+. At the time, we told you that it was T-Mobile's intentions to allow the device to connect to LTE signals once T-Mobile started offering LTE service.

T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II might soon support LTE

T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II might soon support LTE

Tonight, Ray was back on stage to talk about T-Mobile's LTE plans and mentioned that an OTA firmware update for the Samsung GALAXY Note II might be in the works. The update would turn on the LTE radio inside the phablet and let those T-Mobile customers lucky enough to be in an LTE covered area to use the service. While the executive didn't mention when this update would come, he did say that some AT&T LTE phones will work on the T-Mobile LTE network.

One thing that the CTO didn't mention was whether the upcoming version of the Apple iPhone for T-Mobile would support LTE. The most current model of Apple's iconic smartphone, the Apple iPhone 5, is the first in the series to be LTE enabled.

source: PCMag

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:50 5

1. techvudu (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


sweet. TMO is getting real.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:52

2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


You lucky Americans we don't have LTE just 4G.

That's nice of Samsung.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 06:28

6. doejon (Posts: 346; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


lol 4g is LTE

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 10:43

7. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


not everyone considers HSPA to be true 4G

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 07:14

10. kingcombo78 (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


Yea it seems that way

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 10:31

11. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


HSPA+(high speed packet access)is 4g.Not LTE. Tmo nevered marketed it as LTE.Their is just as fast as Verizon's and faster a lil bit than ATT

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:27 2

3. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Things are looking like 2013 will shape up to be a MAJOR T-MOBILE ROMP...People better be prepared to be hearing plenty from tmobile in 2013...My Galaxy Note 2 will be waiting here in New York City...

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:37 1

4. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Well... congratz Note 2 owners.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 05:24

5. kingcombo78 (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


Cant wait...lets go tmobile

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 15:48 2

8. k1ng617 (Posts: 245; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Honestly with this news the Note 2 pretty much is the perfect phone. This is my first contract phone in over 4 years and I actually don't feel "jailed" to it for 20 months. I had the international Note 1 and its flaws (e.g. low speaker & earpiece volume) really left me unsatisfied. But I'm so happy with my Note 2 I might not need Phonearena anymore... jk I still love reading up on the new stuff.

posted on 10 Jan 2013, 07:09

9. kingcombo78 (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


I agree with ya and I still have my note1 and the note2..cant wait for this update to hit

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 10:33

12. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


You got Tmobile? Same here .Don't feel locked up or anything at the end of the month my BADA$$ GSIII will be going to a relative and I will have the Note II

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