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

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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14 Comments

1. audibot

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

also known as the NOTE 8

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

7. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

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

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

11. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 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!

12. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 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/

4. rjayx

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 2016

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 The tmo S8 is going to be out of date in less than a year.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

5. willard12 unregistered

By your standards, why exactly would the S8 be the only device that is out of date?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

6. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 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!!!

8. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

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

9. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 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?

13. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

14. YoJerms77

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 25, 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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