T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II will support LTE when the carrier is ready

T-Mobile's Samsung GALAXY Note II will support LTE when the carrier is ready
All of those T-Mobile customers thinking about purchasing the Samsung GALAXY Note II are probably wondering if they will have to buy a new device for LTE connectivity once the carrier starts building its LTE network next year. The answer seems to be a resounding "No!". There are indications that the T-Mobile version of the phablet has everything it needs to support an LTE network and is just a software update away from turning on this capability. In other words, the only difference between the AT&T version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II and the T-Mobile version is that by default, the latter model is not ready to pick up LTE signals.

The Samsung GALAXY Note II

The Samsung GALAXY Note II

T-Mobile's comment on the situation is a bit dodgy. The carrier notes that the Qualcomm 9215M chipset supports both HSPA+ and LTE pipelines. The carrier then noted that it should have an LTE cloud covering 200 million Americans by the end of next year. The Samsung GALAXY Note II, says the statement, will not automatically support T-Mobile's LTE service when it is started, but T-Mobile says it will enlighten everyone on how and when the phablet will work on the carrier's LTE network once the network is up.


So T-Mobile customers. don't let the current lack of an LTE network deter you from purchasing the phablet with the 5.5 inch screen. It certainly sounds like the device will be riding those LTE waves once T-Mobile flicks the switch on its LTE network. Of course, they do have to start building it first.

Don't forget to check out our fresh off the griddle review of the U.S. version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II by clicking right here.

source: AnandTech, TheVerge via BGR

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GALAXY Note II T-Mobile
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(15h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

+1 for tmobile sprint should have made all there handsets wimax/lte

3. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Sprint doesn't manufacture handsets.

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think everyone knows that. Thanks for adding 0 to the topic. Did you need to put in the obvious oh I think sprint should ask the manufactures to put in wimax/lte since your primitive brain cant see beyond that is typed?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

WiMAX was a total fail. Deployment in less than 80 cities and not being able to catch a signal is dreadful.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Well, to T-Mo's credit, they already have 4G in New York City, albeit not LTE, unlike Sprint. My brother just got the T-Mobile Note II today full retail. Congrats' to all Note II buyers.

4. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

*HSPA+

5. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the perfect purchase. I am a current Galaxy S3 owner and will be buying the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 on Tmobile November 1st. I will be selling my Galaxy S3 on Wednesday October 31st it was a wonderful device. Nothing will be better than the Galaxy Note 2 within the next 180 days perio. I applaud Tmobile for thinking of it's future with the LTE ADVANCED 10 NETWORK which will be back hauled to it's current HSPA PLUS 42MPS network. It's all about the Galaxy Note 2 now....

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

YES! LTE + 42mbps back haul makes me excited. :)

12. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Ironically, with the lightest user load of the 4 major carriers, you'll probably never need the HSPA+ when the LTE is up and running

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. There is an error in either the PA article or the T-Mo quote - PA article claims T-Mo coverage will be 300 million; quote says 200 million. I think 200 million is the correct number. 300 million coverage would be close to 90% of U.S. population....

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

It is 200 million, however, 300 million would be well over 90% of the U.S. population. The Census Bureau currently has it pegged at around 315 million people.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Yet another reason to pick up the world's current best smartphone.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Funny thing about this is that I went and checked out the T-Mo version of the Note 2 yesterday and talked to the guy about it being "future proof" and he said that it will only ever work on the HSPA+ network. I should load this up on my phone and go show him. This also has me considering going back to T-Mo to get the Note 2 considering that Sprint doesn't have any plans to bring LTE to my area anytime soon.

13. commonforte

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

does this mean the T-Mobile model can be unlocked and put other carriers LTE networks like AT&T or Verizon today????

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Likely different LTE frequencies between T-Mo and other carriers. If T-Mo is using the same LTE frequency as another carrier (such as AT&T), you would need for T-Mo to give you the unlock code(s) and you would need for the other carrier to agree to let you use your unlocked phone on their network (at least that would be the restriction in the U.S.). CDMA phones are even harder to get to inter-operate than GSM phones (going from T-Mo to VZW is basically a non-starter for that reason).

15. commonforte

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Damn verizon is killing me with this release date.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yeah. Long enough that they get to tempt people with their other offerings (Droid RAZR HD for example). Soon enough (just barely) that those who have their mind made up don't move to another carrier out of frustration.

17. benzb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I am trying to decide if I should get the Note 2 with Sprint or T-Mobile. I am in Los Angeles and I have tried out both providers in the past two weeks. T-Mobile HSPA+ download speeds are anywhere between 200kbps all the way to 25mbps depending on the time of day and where I am at in Los Angeles. I usually average about 12mbps down though on T-Mo. Sprint 3G is horrible - the faster I have gotten is 1.3mbps and I usually get less than 300kbps. In the rare instances that I picked up LTE, the maximum I got was 23mbps down and usually sit around 8mbps - 12mbps down. (With very little or any customers on the LTE network.) Having trouble deciding which route to take with a week into my trial. Kind of thinking about T-Mobile because of the superior GSM technology (vs. CDMA) and faster overall speeds. However, I have heard that when leaving the city with T-Mobile, it is basically edge with is even slower than Sprints ridiculous 3G speeds. Any customers on either network that can give me recommendations?

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

AT&T is 2 weeks away from having the Note II. That might be a better solution that balances availability with data speed and coverage. Of course, VZW is supposed to have the Note II end of November. Decisions, decisions....

20. cjjohnson86

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

For now i like HSPA+. I'm having a better experience than i did with Verizons LTE. Most likely due to there lte network being boggled down from new subscribers and old transitioning ones. Regardless though, considering how many people are on tmo's network, I'd say HSPA+ is more stable. Hell I would be happy if they just kept HSPA+ and worked on upping there coverage on the west coast.

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