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  1. excav8ter

    excav8ter Well-Known Member

    So with the Note 3 just around the corner, i have just seen something about "tri-band" mentioned, and how the GN3 may not be compatible. What is tri-band? Should I sit on my upgrade for awhile and see what comes out that is tri-band compatible? I really want to grab the GN3, but don't want to buy something that may not work at peak performance.


  2. UserName872

    UserName872 Well-Known Member

    Tri-band refers to the radios installed in the device. Nothing to do with performance but rather the ability to use the device in different regions of the world with an international carrier, etc. I wouldn't worry about what bands the device has unless you travel out of your country often and use other carrier Sims in the phone (granted you have it unlocked)
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  3. excav8ter

    excav8ter Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I don't travel outside the U.S., so I guess it won't affect me.
  4. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Actually, nowadays, it depends on how the term "tri-band" is used in context. Before, tri-band always referred to an additional band to connect internationally. The term is not as cut and dry as before, due to carriers purchasing spectrums with different frequencies.

    Sprint is going to start building out towers for what used to be Nextel and convert those to LTE (at 800mhz). Also, they just purchased the rest of Clearwire's spectrum, which is at 2500mhz.

    Phones have to have built in radios in order to connect to those different frequencies. Given the fact that the purchase of the remaining clearwire spectrum has to be approved by the FCC, I doubt we'll see phones with the ability to connect to that spectrum for quite some time. The final details of the Softbank deal still have to be finalized (and that happened quite some time ago), so we could be looking at a couple years until Sprint starts building phones w/ the necessary hardware to connect to the 2500mhz frequency.

    So, the "easiest" answer is that by the time the 800mhz and 2500mhz frequencies are ready for phones to connect, you won't have to worry about being upgrade eligible again, so you can buy a phone that will connect to those frequencies.

    Another good example is those that have/had Wimax phones. When Sprint announced the switch to LTE, many worried that they'd no longer have 4g connectivity, but Sprint verified that they'd be supporting Wimax until 2014, which gave those that purchased Wimax phones in 2012 the ability to upgrade to an LTE phone, by the time they turned off the Wimax switch.

    Hope this info helps.
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  5. tigmd99

    tigmd99 Well-Known Member

    Actually, there are ALREADY modems from Sprint that is "tri-band LTE" compatible. The touch-screen Netgear Zing, Novatel MiFi 500 LTE, and the Netgear 341U USB modem can hit all three network bands (800/1900/2500). These three modems come out this summer.

    I would also bet that all upcoming Qualcomm S800-equipped Sprint phones will be tri-band compatible...such as the LG Optimus G2. Moto X phone will likely be compatible, as is Note 3. I don't believe that it will take Sprint years to get tri-band up and running.

    Is tri-band LTE going to be limited this year? Yes. Limited market. BUT, why limit yourself? I want future-proofing, esp. if I am on contract for two years! And if you live in a big well-populated city with Sprint LTE already, then it is very likely that you will have tri-band LTE by year's end. Sprint is already updating LTE towers around my area.

    Sprint knows that they are losing customers because of their slow LTE rollout. You can see that they are working hard to fix this issue...I doubt that they will drag their feet when their competitors are so aggressive with rollouts. (ATT and Verizon are already talking about LTE-Advanced in some markets by year's end.)

    IMHO, I would DEFINITELY hold out for a tri-band LTE phone IF you're on Sprint's network. LTE 800 Mhz will be wonderful, compared to the crap that we have now (1900 Mhz)!
  6. tigmd99

    tigmd99 Well-Known Member

    Who is your carrier??

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