Does your phone support T-Mobile's Extended Range and VoLTE? This app will tell you if it does

Does your phone support T-Mobile's Extended Range and VoLTE? This app will tell you if it does
Back in August, T-Mobile celebrated winning 45% of the 600MHz low frequency airwaves that the FCC put up for auction. The carrier spent nearly $8 billion to win all that spectrum. Combined with T-Mobile's previous ownership of 700MHz spectrum, the carrier markets both low frequency bands as its Extended Range LTE service. T-Mobile, the leader in the industry when it comes to marketing, reveals that its Extended Range airwaves travel twice as far and penetrate buildings four times better than other frequencies.

If you're a T-Mobile customer, your handset must be compatible with these bands for you to take advantage of the features inherent with low frequency spectrum. To check to see if your handset supports the Extended Range LTE airwaves and T-Mobile's Voice over LTE feature, you can install T-Mobile's BYOD Check App. Available from the Google Play Store, the app is really intended for T-Mobile employees, but will work on devices running Android 5.0 or higher.

VoLTE, or Voice over LTE is a feature that allows a compatible handset to make phone calls over a carrier's LTE network instead of using its voice network. Call quality is better when using VoLTE to connect to someone else also using the feature.

To install the BYOD Check App on your Android phone, click on the sourcelink. Type in your phone's unique IMEI number. That can be found on most Android phones under Settings > About phone > Status > IMEI info. If you can't find it on your phone, call your carrier for the number. Right now, only the LG V30 supports the 600MHz band on T-Mobile, although that will change as more new handsets are launched. There are a number of handsets on T-Mobile that support the 700MHz band.


source: BYODCheckApp via T-Mobile (1), (2)

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7 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Good on T-Mo for this.

2. Not_Amused321

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

I know. I was going to get the lg v30 because it's the first 600 mhz phone. But I like the iPhone and my 6s is still lightning fast. Going to wait till next year see what they have then. Maybe the iphones next year will support 600 mhz, if not might switch to Android.

3. j_grouchy

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Strange. From earlier stories, I was under the impression that only phones with the SD 835 chip could take advantage of the extended range network, but it's telling me it works on my LG G6, which only has the SD821.

7. Reybanz88

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Not exactly. Extended Range LTE just means the phone has the frequency for either 700Mhz or 600Mhz. So I have an older phone with a Snapdragon 808 that has extended range LTE. It's even phones that don't have Snapdragon processors that support it like the newer iPhones.

4. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

My galaxy s8 is fully compatible, cool.

5. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

It says that Moto G(4) Plus is fully compatible. Interesting.

6. DigitalTitan

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

Read the article COMPLETELY. TMO's Extended Range LTE app tests is the 700 MHz, band 12 not the 600 MHz, band 71. Both bands are part of the Extended Range LTE. The article misleads you if you only read the first two sentences. The only 2 phones that have band 71 are the LG V30 and the Samsung S8 Active that comes out later this month. Even if your phone supports band 12, you'll have to live in an area that has it to experience the extended range.

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