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Cheat Sheet: US Wireless Carrier Bands for Unlocked Phones

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“Does this unlocked phone work with my carrier?” “What are the US wireless carrier bands?”

How many times have you asked that over the last couple of years? I know we ask it often. In a time where prepaid services are very attractive, and more and more phones are available as unlocked models that work on a variety of LTE and GSM/CDMA bands, this a question you should be able to easily find an answer to. So since there doesn’t seem to be a quick reference guide for figuring out if a particular unlocked phone will work on a specific carrier’s network (trust me, I’ve looked), we decided to throw one together.

Below, we have given you a quick chart that shows each of the five major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular), along with 3G and 4G LTE bands and frequencies. By no means is this the most in-depth wireless carrier band and frequency chart, but it should help when you go to buy that next unlocked phone. 

If for some reason you can’t see the full table below, you can download an image of it here.

CARRIERNETWORK3G BANDS3G FREQUENCIES4G LTE BANDS4G LTE FREQUENCIES
AT&TGSM/HSPA+2, 51900, 8502, 4, 5, 12, 17, 301900, 1700/2100, 850, 700, 2300
VERIZONCDMA0, 1850, 19002, 4, 5, 131900, 1700/2100, 850, 700
T-MOBILEGSM/HSPA+2, 41900, 1700/21002, 4, 12, 66, 711900, 1700/2100, 700, 600
SPRINTCDMA2, 101900, 80025, 26, 411900, 850, 2500
US CELLULARCDMA2, 5850, 19002, 4, 5, 121900, 1700/2100, 850, 700

Sources:  Wikipedia [2] [3] [4]

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