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T-Mobile Wants Interoperable 700Mhz LTE

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Mar 14, 2012, 11:49 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile has requested that the Federal Communications Commission explore the idea of mandating the interoperability of LTE networks in the 700MHz band. T-Mobile argues that such a move would benefit consumers and allow carriers to strike LTE roaming deals. As it stands, LTE devices offered by AT&T and Verizon Wireless cannot work on both networks because they use different bands. The FCC said that it will look into the issue and investigate whether or not the different bands can work on the same device without causing or suffering from interference issues. "As the commission has recognized, roaming allows carriers to be more competitive and provides important benefits to consumers," T-Mobile wrote in its filing. "Moreover, because of the concentration in the wireless marketplace, roaming is an increasingly important tool for carriers to be able to compete. Therefore, current carriers' ability to provide roaming on 700MHz systems will promote competition in the wireless marketplace, to the ultimate benefit of wireless consumers."

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Mar 14, 2012, 4:02 PM

good for consumers!!

can you imagine buy any cellphone and it will work on any carrier 4G LTE?
this will also lower the cost for cellphones!
phone manufacturers dont need to waste money R&D for each carrier, one phone fits all!
At least on the gsm side it may work that way, seeing TMO is moving its hspa+ from AWS to 1900, which means total compatibility on the 3g side. And using AWS for LTE. If per wants what TMO has proposed, they would be using the 700mhz band and AWS si...
As LTE becomes dominant decoupling devices from networks is a benefit. Having to buy the exact same device for use on a different network seems a waste. I'd hate to buy a new TV if I switched cable providers.
The phones would still need to be backwards compatible with the carrier network. So if you take a CDMA/LTE handset to T-Mobile or AT&T they still would not activate it and likely if you walked into one of the CDMA carriers with any handset other than...
Eh... kind of, but not quite. It's not that simple.

There still won't be one phone you can buy and use on any US network.

Whether a phone supports LTE in other bands (like 1700 and 1900) will still be important.

Also, until LTE coverage comes...

Mar 14, 2012, 1:58 PM

There doesn't seem to be a downside...

But , I'm sure Verizon and AT&T will find a reason to say it's BAD.
Let the carriers decide on this, not the government. What it seems to me is TMO wanting a good LTE network on the cheap.
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