Carrier T-Mobile's Next Speed Boost Requires New Phones

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  1. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Even though I am not a customer, I found this interesting. For those who are customers and looking to get a new phone right now, you might want to wait a little bit.

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    "T-Mobile is opening up more lanes on its information highway, but you'll need a new phone to drive on them. The carrier has started to deploy LTE-U, which pipes LTE signals over unused 5GHz Wi-Fi channels to enhance capacity. The carrier's use of 20MHz of LTE-U makes it much easier for it to deploy gigabit LTE, which requires 50MHz of LTE spectrum. T-Mobile made the announcement today because the FCC approved LTE-U after a long tussle with the Wi-Fi alliance over LTE-U's coexistence with Wi-Fi. LTE-U will require new phones, though."

    http://www.pcmag.com/news/351905/t-mobiles-next-speed-boost-requires-new-phones
     
  2. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I misread the article, but it seems as if the title of it is a bit misleading. This new LTE-U technology isn't a "speed boost" in itself, but *may* allow for increased speeds if utilized correctly. Basically, from what I gather, it would increase the chances of a compatible device receiving current LTE speeds. So its truly a capacity boost that would help with network congestion and allow speeds to stay high.
     
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    I think it is two-fold, according to the artlcie, albeit emphasis appears to be on capacity and speed secondary.
     
  4. JohnApples macrumors 65816

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    That seems likely, and I'm glad the emphasis is put on capacity. LTE speeds are excellent as-is IMO, at least for now. I cant tell any difference between 30mbps and 100 mbps, and I doubt there are many users who are downloading vast quantities of data to notice either. But if this new technology means that I can consistently get a 30mbps connection, rather than increasing my occasional peak speed, then I'm all for it.

    I just wonder if we'll see any LTE-U consumer devices this year?
     
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    You might see Android capable devices. With the faster modems becoming available later this year, I don't think we will see them in the Fall iPhone release. We will probably have to wait until 2018. Just a guess.
     

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