Android 6.0.1 might enable LTE band 12 for Nexus 5X and 6P on T-Mobile

Android 6.0.1 might enable LTE band 12 for Nexus 5X and 6P on T-Mobile
One unfortunate omission in functionality with the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P has been the lack of support for band 12 LTE on T-Mobile, although Google has been saying since before the devices were first released that it was working on adding support. It hasn't been confirmed, but some users are reporting that the Android 6.0.1 update is enabling that support.

The Android 6.0.1 just started rolling out earlier today, so there aren't a lot of people who have the software yet, and even fewer who would be looking at the band connections for their LTE signal. But, there have been a few people to post in the XDA forums with screenshots showing band 12 LTE support on both the Nexus 5X and 6P after the new update. 

T-Mobile has been pretty strict about unlocked phones being properly certified for band 12 LTE, because it says it would cause troubles with emergency calls if devices can't connect. Apparently, the problem is that without band 12 service, a device might not fall back to roaming as it should, and would be unable to make 911 calls, which is required by the FCC. From a user standpoint, band 12 LTE would also mean VoLTE support for the Nexus devices. 

source: Reddit & XDA via Android Police

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7 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You have two states missing on the map from the thumbnail.

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1233; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Hawaii and Alaska???

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

"The problem is that with band 12 service, BUT WITHOUT VOLTE, a device might not fall back to roaming as it should..." There, fixed it for you.

4. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Nice fix, duh!

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

And that's def not the T-Mobile coverage map anyway. Not enough white showing.. ;)

6. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I actually agree with this statement. I drove cross country recently and was roaming through most of Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana

7. sureshchandra88

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2015

Band 12 has been enabled according to project fi support team

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