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.
@bluechrism You’re right, 900 is definitely pentaband, but the 710 will definitely work on AT&T
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.
- 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)