Aug 7th, 2013


When LG announced the G2 earlier today (see our hands-on), they announced that all four major US carriers would be getting the device. While the phones should be mostly identical, Sprint’s version could be coming with a sweet cherry on top. That cherry would be tri-band LTE radios, which means it should be able to hop on the 800MHz spectrum that has just been freed up by Sprint shutting down the iDEN network.

Said news comes to us as a previous FCC filing showed Sprint’s version of the G2 to have the illustrious radios. It wouldn’t be wrong to guess Sprint will tout the feature as we get closer to the device’s launch.

What does this mean for users? It means better building penetration and a more reliable, strong signal for which to transfer your bits and bytes. The G2 would be the first phone with such radios, though it’s not the first device — three of Sprint’s latest MiFi and USB modem devices have already launched with tri-band radios.

We imagine most newer flagship phones from other manufacturers will launch with the same, though without any public word from Sprint on the future of its lineup we won’t assume too much. Know this, though — if you’re buying the G2, you’ll be able to take advantage of the full breadth of Sprint’s LTE network (whenever the company gets around to bringing it to a majority of the country).

[via GigaOM]

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