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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 Has Hidden LTE Support, Could Be Utilized After Future Update

The Galaxy Note 2 is poised to take over America and each carrier wants to make their device as good, if not better than the others. An interesting look into the guts of the T-Mobile Note 2 however, showed that the hardware is there for LTE support. The AT&T and T-Mobile versions are pretty much similar, except for the fact that one carrier has many LTE markets and one has none.

T-Mobile plans to reach more than 200 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2013. The Galaxy Note II will not automatically access T-Mobile’s LTE network. We will share more information on how and when the Galaxy Note II will support T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE network when the network is available.

Certainly hopeful on T-Mobile’s part from the sounds of it. When T-Mo’s LTE does go live this will require a system update to activate, but the network has to be there first. We hope they get in gear and get that network going sooner rather than later.

Via: The Verge

  • Lee521843

    when is T Mobile Galaxy Note 2 going to get the multitasking update?

  • Zack

    does that mean that the Mobilicity has hidden lte too?

  • Thomas Spidel

    I was a little curious Can this be downloaded onto a Samsung Galaxy Note Tabled. I just don’t u understand how this works?

  • PuzzleShot

    The MetroPCS merger. Metro has LTE.

  • Emmanuel McDonald

    I think the LTE Band 17 is supported on the T-Mbile Galaxy Note 2, which is the same AT&T uses. Because of the break-up with T-Mobile, I believe a 7-year roaming agreement was signed. I do not know if that roaming was for 3G or 4G. If this device has LTE Band 17,and if more T-Mobile devices come with LTE Band 17 support, then I can speculate that the roaming agreement inlcludes 4G LTE roaming with AT&T.

  • Terry K

    By the time TMo gets wide distribution of LTE, we will be using the Note 5.

    • tomn1ce

      True but, TMo is going to roll out LTE advance. Which is suppose to be faster then the current LTE that vzw is using. They are aiming for 200 million people by the end of next year lets see how they do. If their LTE speed is way faster then vzw’s and they keep their current data price I may jump ship….

  • nightscout13

    Let’s steal T-Mobile GS3 home buttons, and place them on the Verizon GS3.

  • Derkk

    Might be close to seeing absolute compatibility between AT&T and T-mobile phone’s now, which would be very good for the U.S. market. Toobad LTE is CDMA based tech and is more difficult to put into international devices.

    • Brandon

      LTE is GSM based by friend, hence the need for a SIM card

      • JoshGroff


        Which is why Verizon had so many issues with early LTE devices.

  • Michael_NM

    VZW’s Note 2 with LTE support is hidden until late November. VZW’s logo is not.

  • milanyc

    You might wanna link this piece of news to Anandtech.com not the verge.
    On a side note, T-Mobile’s Note2 has been in the FCC for a while, with LTE written all over. Not necessarily the news…

    • nightscout13

      I think it’s a slow news day, so that had to put something out….

  • connor

    can this be ported to vzw’s lte? or do they use different bands?

    • tomn1ce

      different bands…

  • Twofourturbo

    so is this the same LTE as for Verizon? So would this make the two compatable?

    • Derkk

      You would not want this on VZ. Even if it were the same LTE bands, it lacks the CDMA capabilities to activate on VZ.

    • milanyc

      Doesn’t have Verizon LTE Band 13, doesn’t have CDMA either. Wait for Verizon’s version.

  • KleenDroid


    • You got that right! 😛

    • tomn1ce

      It sure is. I never turn it off on my G-Nexus.

    • I’m on T-Mobile now and this has me STOKED. Now whenever I get tired of the GS III I’ll just make the switch to it knowing its practically future proof (in that way anyway)

    • yarrellray

      It’s great to know that the Galaxy Note 2 is future proof either way it’s a great device to have. Tmobile will have it’s LTE ADVANCED 10 NETWORK working sometime between June and August 2013. Tmobile will use it’s current HSPA PLUS 42MPS network back hauled which will place Tmobile far better than the current Lte networks out today. Tmobile is making major moves and 6months from now they will be MAJOR PLAYERS.

      • Noyfb

        Unless you live with in 4 miles of an LTE tower you’ll get great speeds. Anything past 4 mile and it significantly drops badly. I live inbetween 2 4g towers and a 3g tower half a ,ile away and the 4g lte towers are 5-7 miles away, and i get 12 down 5 up, my wifi is 10 down 2 up. 4g isn’t going to be great till they put more towers up to cover even densely populated areas

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Are you seriously saying that 12 down 5 up for LTE is bad? How much do you need on a mobile device? Sheesh, 12/5 is MORE than enough for mobile devices.