The LG V30 will lead the way for T-Mobile’s expansion of coverage in rural America.
It may not be at the top of the list of high-value features, but when the LG V30 comes to the U.S. later this year, it will have one thing no other phone does: support for LTE over Band 71, also known as 600MHz.
T-Mobile was the primary beneficiary of the new spectrum, which it obtained in a drawn-out auction that ended this summer, obtaining 45%, or 31MHz, of the total. As a result, it now has plenty of headroom to compete with Verizon and AT&T in rural parts of the U.S. — traditionally T-Mobile’s weakest coverage areas. Low-band spectrum, in which 600MHz is categorized, can travel further and penetrate through buildings better than mid- and high-band spectrum, which is where most of the company’s LTE network is concentrated.
The V30 continues LG’s legacy of being first to support new wireless bands 🤓
That the V30 is the first phone to support Band 71 is no coincidence: its predecessor, the V20, was the first to support Band 66, an extension of the AWS band that gave T-Mobile additional LTE capacity in urban areas. Most new phones now integrate Band 66, as they will Band 71 as they’re released. Earlier this summer, T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, promised phones from LG and Samsung that would support 600MHz spectrum, but the Galaxy Note 8 will be released without Band 71 support; instead, another Samsung phone announced later this year will likely have it.
T-Mobile said in a blog post earlier in August that it has already lit up 600MHz support in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and will continue to roll out coverage in “rural America”…
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