No LTE Band 30 on iPhone SE

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  1. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    There was a lot of discussion and concern last fall about the AT&T model of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus being the only one to have LTE Band 30. It looks like there are no versions of the new SE that have that band. I'm not sure how quickly AT&T is rolling out Band 30, but it's something AT&T customers considering getting one should at least be aware of.
     
  2. dave006 Contributor

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    Correct. As stated in many reviews, the iPhone SE is missing the Advanced LTE (300 Mbps), It only goes to LTE (150 Mbps).

    Here is what is missing by not having Advanced LTE:

    LTE Advanced offers a range of benefits over standard LTE support. LTE Advanced offers smoother "handoffs" when switching between cell towers. This allows your iPhone phone to not drop the connection as often. LTE Advanced, aslo offers a faster data rate, and theoretical throughput.

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  3. cableguy84 macrumors 6502a

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    It makes me laugh how this phone can be claimed to be a flagship device, with so many missing features...
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    A couple years ago, a non LTE phone was a no-go, now a non LTE-A phone is off limits.

    Unless it is just for testing.
     
  5. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Who said it was a flagship device? The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the flagship phones currently.
     
  6. cableguy84 macrumors 6502a

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    quite a few people buying the SE on these forums
     
  7. Rigby macrumors 601

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    At least in the US this is pretty meaningless, since no carrier has rolled out category 6 LTE-A (and even if they did, you're unlikely to get that kind of speed in practice). Arguably a much more relevant carrier feature is VoLTE, which is supported by the SE.
    I haven't lost a connection on AT&T in a long time with the iPhone 6 (which also doesn't support LTE-A).
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I feel the exact same way. LTE-A adds very little practical use
     
  9. PaladinGuy macrumors 6502

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    Do y'all think it will be a long time before LTE-A actually makes a practical difference?
     
  10. Rigby macrumors 601

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    It does have a lot of benefits, but mostly for the carrier at this point.
     
  11. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    Who claimed it was a flagship device? At $399 starting, it is clearly positioned as an entry-level iPhone.

    The $749 and up iPhone 6s Plus is the flagship you are looking for.
     
  12. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    The average joe doesn't know nor care about Band 30 on their phone.. and the SE is not a flagship by any means.
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It seems that it's mostly only the people who have something against the SE that try to somehow refer to it as a flagship device so that the potential issues they have with it would supposedly seem that much more meaningful.
     
  14. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    So could I assume only device with LTE band 30 has LTE-A? If so, then even not all iPhone 6s/6s Plus are LTE ready.

    BTW, Optus in Australia does not support LTE. Only 4G. Maybe Telstra supports it but I would never know.
     
  15. cynics macrumors G4

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    Just keep laughing at those people then. The iPhone SE is an antonym of the definition for "flagship".

    It's missing features are only missing to people that would actually use them.
     
  16. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    at 300 mbit, i can burn through my 2 gig AT&T cap in only 57 seconds!
     
  17. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    So just because of the data cap, super fast LTE is not that meaningful on many users.

    Lost of advance LTE is not really a deal.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    No such claim has been made, and in fact Apple distinguishes this over the 6s, so as not to impact its flagship sales.
     
  19. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    A disadvantage but something that many upgraders (from the 4, 4s, 5, 5S and 5C) never had and will not miss. At the low price point, no one considers this a flagship model, but a mid range model that has the camera + processor + ram of the flagship + more battery life, in a smaller body and at a much lower price, missing a few things that many people don't care about.

    I'm more than happy to trade off LTE Band 30, the 6S screen and Touch ID 2 for better battery life and the form factor I love, and many other people feel the same.
     
  20. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    So is this your ideal iPhone in 4" form factor so far?
    I agree that this iPhone is a really good deal and Apple is even a little bit generous to put latest processor inside this form factor.
     
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I will actually agree. It is called the "special edition". I personally would consider all apple products a flagship product....be it an iPhone or iPad. I do not consider the iPad mini an entry level iPad. It is just smaller.
     
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    In all honesty, even if it was the iPhone 5S with an A9 +2GB of ram I would have been happy. I consider the longer battery life + camera improvements to be bonuses.

    My absolute ideal would be the 6 form factor in the 4 inch size. However that would probably mean less battery life so I'd prefer the 5 shape if it means more battery life. Would have also liked 3D touch + the 6/6S screen technology but again, my main priorities were the 4 inch size and guaranteed longevity through the A9 +2GB of ram.

    Had they priced it more expensively I would have been a bit unhappy, but at the price, getting an A9 processor + 2GB of ram + the latest camera is a great deal.
     
  24. cynics macrumors G4

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    I was just basing that statement off the definition of flagship. The SE isn't the biggest, fastest, best, most expensive, most important, most anything device in the iPhone lineup.

    That doesn't not make it the best for you or any other particular individual however it's not worthy of carrying the admiral leading the charge in the overall product line.
     
  25. ABC5S Suspended

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    Customers ? Apple never said it was. Customers thinking it is don't count :D
     

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