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Lower 700 band


The radio frequency band spanning 698 - 746 MHz.

The band is divided into five blocks. Blocks A, B, and C are designed for two-way cellular phone/data service. Blocks D and E are designed for one-way (broadcast) radio service.

When AT&T first launched its 4G LTE network, it only used blocks B and C, a frequency range known as band 17.

Other carriers use all three two-way blocks (A, B, and C). That larger range is known as band 12.

Some of AT&T's first exclusive 4G LTE phones only supported band 17 (not 12), and therefore would not work on other networks that use block A. But AT&T and phone makers have since transitioned to band 12, ensuring broader compatibility in the lower 700 MHz band. Band 17 is no longer relevant in the US.

See: Upper 700 band

Last updated May 20, 2024 by Rich Brome

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