LG V30 is the first phone to support T-Mobile's new 600Mhz LTE band for rural areas


The new LG V30 will be the first phone to support T-Mobile's new 4G LTE frequency, the 600MHz channel, or simply: LTE band 71, according to T-Mobile chief executive officer John Legere.

First some background: T-Mobile acquired a huge, 30MHz chunk of spectrum in an auction that ended this summer, and this new LTE channel is part of that acquisition. This added spectrum strengthen T-Mobile's weakest areas of coverage: the rural areas, and with this added spectrum, it can finally compete with Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Interestingly, 600MHz is considered low-band spectrum, which means that the individual radio waves are longer and can easier penetrate through buildings.


And even more interestingly, the LG V30 is the second LG device to support additional T-Mobile spectrum. The V20 last year came with support for 4G LTE band 66, which is an extension of T-Mobile's AWS bands. The higher-end phones that followed the V30 release, also feature band 66 support, so it was a trend-setter in that aspect.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 does not support the new band, so this also gives the V30 a slight advantage in terms of LTE connectivity on T-Mobile.

The new band 71 will roll out to cities in Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia and Eastern Washington by the end of the year, according to T-Mobile. This is expected to boost its coverage by 6 million people to a total of 321 million Americans.


source: John Legere

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  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

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6 Comments

1. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

If the new Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2 support the new band I may reconsider getting it.

2. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This phone gets more interesting with every announcement about it! I've always admired LG's flagship phones, and have frequently purchased their prior year flagship phones on behalf of friends overseas for their excellent value, but the V30 is seriously making a case to be my next flagship phone. Note 8? V30? Pixel XL2? Tough choice!

3. thxultra

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Only bummer I have about the Note 8 however I know I will replace it before 600mhz is deployed enough for me to worry about it. This is a big feature though for people buying the phone vs leasing it.

4. Furbal unregistered

Yeah I'd be pissed if I didnt get the note on jump on Demand. This band is going to be tmobiles primary so it is pretty damn important

6. thxultra

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

One reason I really like Jump on Demand plus I always have a phone with a good battery since I tend to switch phones a couple of times a year. Kind of surprised Samsung didn't put 600mhz compatibility in the note 8. Will be interesting to see the v30 because it is stacking up like a nice phone as well...

5. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

I just read a comment on the other thread in the website that how he skipped the v30 coz it did not have 600mhz band

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