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.

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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GALAXY Note II T-Mobile
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1



8. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

9. kingcombo78

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

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

12. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 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

5. kingcombo78

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Cant wait...lets go tmobile

4. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Well... congratz Note 2 owners.

3. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You lucky Americans we don't have LTE just 4G. That's nice of Samsung.

6. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol 4g is LTE

7. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

not everyone considers HSPA to be true 4G

10. kingcombo78

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Yea it seems that way

11. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 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

1. techvudu

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

sweet. TMO is getting real.

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