Rumour: Nokia Lumia 900 to be Pentaband – Updated

OK, so this post doesn’t exactly fit with the new year posts I did earlier but I don’t often get to write stuff like this.

In a conversation with TmoNews just now about the roaming specs of the of the 710, I was told the 710, 800 and 900 are all pentaband devices. I questioned this and the response was that 900 is definitely pentaband.  Regardless of if this turns out to be true, It’s nice that it seems like more Nokias Windows phones might work on both US networks, so AT&T users, if you fancy a Lumia 710, you can get one from T-Mobile and it will work on your network. PocketNow had already outed the 900 as supporting 1700Mhz, but pentaband would be a truly unexpected benefit – a big thankyou to Nokia if this is true.

The Lumia 710 launches on T-Mobile next Wednesday and is Nokia’s eagerly anticipated first device to launch with Windows Phone in the US.  The reviewer says it’s a good device, and would recommend it, though there is little to choose between it and the HTC Radar:

The Nokia Lumia 710 is a good phone and I’d highly recommend it. It does what it does very well, it just isn’t particularly compelling over other Windows Phones in the T-Mobile lineup. Then again, the HTC Radar 4G is an equally good Windows Phone offering. They are both good, which makes your decision to purchase to one of preference of the screen size, data speeds, individual offerings, and the overall feel of the device. Are you someone who works outdoors a lot that seeing the screen in the sun is problematic? Than you should check out Nokia’s ClearBlack display. Are you someone who likes Windows Phone and frequently travels outside of the United States or wants to take advantage of the AT&T 3G roaming capability? Then the Nokia Lumia 710 is a great choice for you. Otherwise, I’d suggest walking to the T-Mobile store and trying the Lumia 710 out.

You can read the review here.

As for the twitter conversation you are probably as interested, if not more.

  • bluechrismChris Martin
    @tmonews “For those who don’t leave the country, the Lumia 710 is also one of the few that can also roam on AT&T’s 3G network” Pentaband?
  • bluechrismChris Martin
    @TmoNews Are you sure – I actually just saw your article has 710 as quadband at the top, and not seen anything to suggest 800 supports 1700.
  • TmoNewsTmoNews
    @bluechrism You’re right, 900 is definitely pentaband, but the 710 will definitely work on AT&T

Update 1/23/2012

This is definitely false.  As you can see from the list below, while it supports 1700/2100 this is for LTE and not the GSM 3G standard that T-Mobile uses.

Operating band

  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • WCDMA Band V 850
  • LTE Band 17 (700)
  • WCDMA Band I 2100
  • WCDMA Band II 1900
  • WCDMA Band VIII 900
  • LTE Band 4 (1700/2100)

About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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2 Responses to Rumour: Nokia Lumia 900 to be Pentaband – Updated

  1. Pingback: Nokia lumia 710 and 900 from breakfast at CES | The MicroNokia Developer

  2. Annika says:

    Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7 still needs a bit of a kick start and while there are growing applications in their own marketplace, they are still leaps and bounds away from Apples offerings or the Android marketplace and I am personally unsure just how many app developers are looking at this alternative currently, my hunch is less than Microsoft would like despite little sweeteners to encourage more to join.

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