iPhone 8 and iPhone X Don't Support T-Mobile's Upcoming 600 MHz LTE Network

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are not compatible with LTE Band 71, aka T-Mobile's new 600 MHz spectrum the company plans on rolling out in the United States as soon as this year.

    All new iPhone models in the United States support FDD-LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, and 66, and TD-LTE bands 4, 38, 39, 40, and 41, according to the Tech Specs page for the devices.

    Support for additional bands can't be added retroactively, so Apple's devices will not work with LTE Band 71 until support is added to future iPhones.


    T-Mobile purchased the 600 MHz spectrum in an FCC auction in April of 2017. Shortly after, T-Mobile announced plans to use the spectrum to deliver 5G coverage starting in 2019, but later said it would use the spectrum to improve its network in rural America starting this year.

    Unfortunately, by the time T-Mobile purchased the spectrum and announced plans for rapid implementation, the LTE chips and the hardware for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X were likely already secured, giving Apple no time to build in support for a newly announced LTE band.


    T-Mobile in August activated the first 600 MHz LTE site in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has said it will deploy the spectrum at a "record-shattering pace" with plans to roll out 600 MHz sites in Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia, and Eastern Washington, but whether T-Mobile will hit that goal and get 600 MHz support in those locations by the end of 2017 remains to be seen.

    As Peter Cohen points out, deploying the 600 MHz network is a complicated, time-consuming process that will span several years, so most iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X users won't be heavily affected by the lack of support for the new LTE band at this time.
    T-Mobile says Band 71 adds increased building penetration and covers greater distances. When used in metro areas, it improves in-building coverage, and in rural areas, it improves the company's LTE footprint.

    There are no existing devices that support T-Mobile's new spectrum at this time. Like Apple's newest devices, for example, Samsung's Galaxy S8 and new Galaxy Note 8 do not offer support. T-Mobile has said that LG and Samsung will launch devices compatible with the spectrum by the end of the year, and LG's upcoming LG V30 will be one of the first devices to support it.

    Article Link: iPhone 8 and iPhone X Don't Support T-Mobile's Upcoming 600 MHz LTE Network
  2. york2600 macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
  3. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    This is not surprising. It took Apple years to support Band 12. I don't even have a high level of confidence that they'll support Band 71 in 2018.
  4. pat500000, Sep 18, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017

    pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    If I remember correctly, this isn't the first time that T-mobile has incompatible/unsupported network. I believe this was the reason why I went to ATT in the first place.

    Edit: excuse me..i mean't to say "moved to att."

    as an example of when T-mobile was working on getting iphone to work at the time when it was popular..iphone 4.
  5. Tummy macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    They have to make a reason for you to upgrade in 2018.
  6. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    So your only choice for Band 71 support right now is the LG V30.
    I bet John is real happy about that. /s
  7. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    If I had ordered a new phone, this would be cause for me to immediately cancel the order.

    This is very short-sighted by Apple. I understand that TMo didn't win the spectrum until earlier this year but the fact was that SOMEONE was going to win the auctions and it was going to be rolled out. It should have been built in.

    I suspect we're going to get a slight revision to the 8/8+/X early next year that adds that band.
  8. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    Don't be upset about this everyone. The key to a better network is NOT faster bands or "5G"...

    We need MORE cell towers with BETTER antennas in those towers.

    Once the infrastructure is in place (like in T-Mobile's case), THEN we can talk about 5G.

    But seriously people, we don't even have true 4G support in most places. (LTE is not 4G).
  9. hashholly macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2008
    Yep, thats why T-mobile is doing that free upgrade to the next iPhone which will be 600 mhz compatible with 12 months worth of payments on their EIP program of the 8 or X.
  10. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    Looks like it won't impact me because I live near civilization.

  11. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    The band wasn't even finalized till a couple of months ago. There was no way this was making it in the 2017 iPhones.
  12. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    Good thing mobile phone is a standardized technology. Otherwise there would be multiple versions of the iPhone.
  13. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    This is nothing to do with 5G. Band 71 is the new 600MHz band that T-Mobile won a lot of nationwide spectrum with. Once this is built out, their speeds and coverage will increase significantly.
  14. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    It's great that you arn't impacted, but what about the poor souls who live near one of the US's uncivilized cities?
  15. MentalFloss macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    Anyone working in mobile phone development facepalms heavily whenever that kind of conspiracy nonsense is spread by people who think that you just need to wave a magic wand to implement a major feature in a new product and that the lack of such a feature implies that it is being purposefully withheld.
  16. deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    Too early days to be bothered with this. Will take a year or two for Carriers to get prepared.
  17. DMaki650 macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    South Saint Paul, MN
    Technically T-mobile knew about this and stated as such. They mentioned that by years end there would be 2 phones that are compatible one by Samsung and one by LG. So this isn't a surprise.
  18. ThaRuler macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
  19. AdamJD macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    "T-Mobile says Band 71 adds increased building penetration and covers greater distances."

    Hmmmmmm...anyone qualified to weigh in on the health implications of this? Nikola Tesla, perhaps?
  20. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
  21. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    Article Link: iPhone 8 and iPhone X Don't Support T-Mobile's Upcoming 600 MHz LTE Network[/QUOTE]
    Perhaps they should offer to climb a pole and install the equipment. For some reason, Peter Cohen thinks "there simply aren't enough people in the industry who can climb the towers, install the new hardware, test it and get it working for them."
  22. Fall Under Cerulean Kites macrumors 6502

    Fall Under Cerulean Kites

    May 12, 2016
    At least T-Mobile won’t have to worry about tower congestion.
  23. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    Corect me if I am wrong, but I don't think apple builds the modems. I don't think anyone supports it yet.
  24. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007
    Great, it's iphone 6/6p all over again.
  25. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    Should be a great frequency for signal reception... but not that great for data speed.

    It isn't like iPhone 8/X cannot use existing bands anyway.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 18, 2017 ---
    Nobody knew who was going to win spectrum OR what they were going to do with it.

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