Tri-band LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S4 visits FCC enroute to Sprint

Tri-band LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S4 visits FCC enroute to Sprint
Now that money is flowing freely once again through the nation's capitol, the FCC is open for business. This means that these lucky guys go back to their job testing out new featurephones, smartphones and tablets, among other things. On Tuesday, we noticed that the Samsung SPH-L720T handset had just come back from visiting with the Feds.

The Samsung SPH-L720T is a tri-band LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Sprint. It offers connectivity on LTE bands 25, 26 and 41.The current version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for the carrier is the Samsung SPH-720. Sprint has been working on building out tri-band LTE which would provide users with faster network speeds and better in-building coverage.

Just because the device visited the FCC doesn't mean it definitely will be released. But back in August, Sprint PR Manager Michelle Leff Mermelstein said that tri-band LTE models from Samsung and Sprint would be available by the end of the year. So with this filing, it would appear that a tri-band Galaxy S4 could be a strong possibility to hit Sprint's lineup before the end of the year. Considering that this would be a niche product, there might not be such a rush to get it out in time for the holidays.

source: FCC

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Jocelyn84

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

S4GRU posted this story yesterday​ung-galaxy-s4-2-3/

3. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

It is probably where they got the story from and just didn't want to credit them.

7. Alan01

Posts: 623; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

FYI, the story was taken straight from the FCC site. we ALWAYS cite other sources when we use them. Regards, Alan F.

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

should automatically switch out everyones gs4 for this.

4. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

It's smart of sprint to release tri-band devices before they fully launch BC41 LTE...future proof devices. I feel bad for some of the people who got the dual band S4.

5. Jocelyn84

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

First, who cares about 41, I'm much more interested in building penetrating 26 LTE 800. Also, not sure why you said Dual band, as the current S4 (SPH-L720), and the Note 3 (900P) for that matter, both only support uniband LTE (band 25 LTE 1900).

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Band 41 is important for the capacity it has. It will take a long time to slow down LTE on that band thanks to how much spectrum Sprint has in it. But yeah, I'm looking forward to the building penetration 800 is going to bring.

14. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

As a_merryman mentioned Band 41 represents a huge capacity and speed upgrade for Sprint users. Clearwire achieved100+mbps on 20x20 channels.

8. emcdonald75

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I wish they would release a Tri-Band HTC One. I love that phone!!!

9. AFnerdTP unregistered

where is the tri-band Note3!!!!!!?

10. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

As an original adopter of the first GS4, what advantages would getting a tri-band version bring?

11. Jocelyn84

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

LTE that isn't slow (severely congested) lol, assuming you live in a market that supports the other two bands. Quite a few markets do now, check out S4GRU :)

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Those bands, 850, 1900 and 2500MHz, are used in only 5% of the countries in the world. As a matter of fact, it would fail to roam in the AT&T, T-mobile and Verizon networks. Rather, were this device capable of the three bands used in the US, 700, 1700 and 1900MHz, it could work in 1/3 of the countries in the world. Or, better yet, also with the pervasive 1800 and 2600MHz bands, it could work in almost 90% of countries.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Not exactly. China Mobile with close to a billion customers is working on 2500 TD-LTE, not to mention, Qualcomm has managed to pack a ton of LTE band support in their latest SOC's. This is indeed a huge plus for Sprint users in the US and traveling abroad.

15. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Dont forget about the new owners of Sprint, Softbank, using it in Japan as well. I'm fairly certain a number of other countries are planning on using it too, especially since China Mobile is doing it...not even counting the major markets of the USA and Japan, that is a major win for 2500 TD-LTE proliferation. Sprint is the only one to use 800 though, dont know about 1900, AT&T is apparently testing out LTE in clue what band or frequency

16. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Who cares about a particular operator in China or in Japan for a phone sold in the US? There are many LTE bands and it's unfeasible to support all of them, but It's important to provide those that will avoid being in the dark when traveling abroad. And by this one would obviously consider that it's more important to have a phone compatible with some operators in a most countries than with all operators in a given country. Then again, this phone is not even a world phone with measly dual bands for GSM and UMTS...

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