Things you need to consider before buying a 4G LTE capable handset in India

Airtel has already launched its 4G network in a handful of cities and other operators will follow the suit. If you want to be under the league of first movers, you should have a 4G LTE capable smartphone. If you think that all the high-end smartphones which are announced to be 4G LTE during their international launch are compatible with networks in India as well, you are mistaken. Indian telecom operators have received official license to operate 4G LTE networks (TD-LTE) over 2300 MHz band. You have to specifically look for a mobile phone or tablet which mentions 2300 MHz compatibility under its list of technical specifications.

Although, government of India has awarded 4G LTE license over 1800 MHz as well, operators haven’t started offering 4G LTE connection over 1800 MHz as of now. All the major flagship smartphones such as iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 are equipped with Qualcomm baseband solutions. Although the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 are currently incompatible with 4G LTE in India (2300 MHz band). Apple iPhone 5S uses Qualcomm MDM9x15 baseband solution to support 2300 MHz 4G LTE spectrum in India and China.

  1. Apple iPhone 6
  2. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  3. Apple iPhone 5S
  4. Apple iPhone 5C
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  6. Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  7. Samsung Galaxy S5 4G
  8. HTC One M8
  9. LG G3
  10. LG G3 Beat
  11. LG G2 4G LTE
  12. LG F70 4G LTE
  13. Sony Xperia Z3
  14. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  15. Oppo Find 7
  16. Oppo Find 7a
  17. OnePlus One
  18. Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
  19. Xolo LT900

But once operators start releasing 4G LTE in other cities, we might see a huge increase in launch of 4G LTE compatible mobile phones such as the upcoming Micromax Phoenix which is based Nvidia Tegra 4i SoC. Even MediaTek will be releasing MT6595 SoC which will come with an integrated FDD/TD-LTE radio.

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  • Sabarish - Mumbai October 29, 2014 10:08 pm

    Planning to buy Nexus 6 from US. Any idea will it work on 4G network in India.

    • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 31, 2014 10:16 am

      not now Nexus 6 from US is working in indian 4G LTE becz now only 2300 mhz available and this phone support 1800 mhz not 2300 mhz.in future may be in 2015 indian networks 4G LTE is available th 1800 mhz then sure this phone Nexus 6 from US work with indian network…

  • tarak - bhimavaramm October 27, 2014 10:15 pm

    is htc disire 510supports 4g????first 64bit phone??????

    • Darshan October 27, 2014 11:21 pm

      No it doesnt support 4g in Indian band i.e 2300mhz but it supports 1800mhz 4G lte hardware wise but htc has not given software support for Indian Version

  • Ayush Bhargava - New Delhi October 26, 2014 6:52 pm

    Does Xperia Z3 Compact supports 4G in India??I am planning to buy it..

    • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 27, 2014 8:50 pm

      yes xperia z3 compact support all 4G LTE networks of india….u buy this mobile at present 4G LTE of indian network at 2300 mhz and this mobile support this frequency…

  • devesh chauragade - nagpur October 24, 2014 4:02 pm

    I am planning to buy either lg F70 or lg l90 dual ?which is best to buy now . or should i wait for lg f60 bcoz i want to buy 4g phone

  • Karthik - Chennai October 23, 2014 5:47 pm

    Hi,

    I am planning to buy either HTC One e8 or Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro. Please which of the phones would support 4G band in india.

    • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 24, 2014 1:37 pm

      both model u mentioned currently not supported 4G LTE networks in india becz now only 2300 mhz
      4G LTE is available in india with airtel network both models dnt support 2300 mhz 4G LTE frequency.but in future may be in 2015 these models supports 4G LTE networks of indian networks at 1800 mhz if indian govt issue licence at 1800 mhz to mobile companies and both models u mentioned support 1800 mhz but i suggest u to buy a 4g mobile which support both 2300 mhz and 1800 mhz frequency.for any other detail of any 4G mobile u r most welcome….

  • Tushar September 30, 2014 8:24 pm

    Hi, does the new moto x (gen 2) 4G compatible in India?

  • Jason - Chennai September 24, 2014 7:33 pm

    I am planning to import Lumia 735 it is a 4G version, do you think it will work without any problem in Chennai, India?

    • APpL€ LoVeR™ September 24, 2014 9:25 pm

      Lumia 735 is really a stunning model phone with great capability but it won’t support 2300 Mhz 4G network in India.It supports only 4G network of European band(800Mhz,1800Mhz,2600Mhz only).

      • Jason - Chennai September 25, 2014 6:50 pm

        Thanks Apple Lover, you have made it clear. Then i need to go with 730 only. :(

  • K Ravi - Hyderabad September 21, 2014 11:09 pm

    Hi,
    I am planning to buy iPhone 6. I would like to use 4G LTE on either Airtel or Idea.
    Which model of iPhone 6 should I buy. I see two GSM models being displayed on Indian Apple website.
    1) A1549
    2) A1586
    Also, the same models are being sold in USA. I think they are not yet unlocked. They are tied to some or the other carrier in US. If ever they happen to sell these models as factory unlocked, which model do I need to purchase in the US so that I can use it in India with LTE.

    Thanks
    Ravi

    • parminder - jalandhar September 22, 2014 3:36 pm

      iam frm a technical dept.if u want to use i phone 6 in india.u buy model number A1586 becz its supports airtel 4g lte frequency.for any other detail u r most welcome

      • Sam - Bangalore October 17, 2014 7:22 pm

        Hi Parminder,
        I have bought an Iphone 6 from US, the model number is A1549
        Will this work with airtel 4g?

        Please suggest

        • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 17, 2014 8:14 pm

          yes brother but this model A1549 support 4G lte in future with 1800 mhz frequency because at present mostly 4G LTE indian netwrok are on 2300mhz frequency and ur model A1549 not support 2300 mhz frequency.now iphone 6 model A1586 supports airtel 4G LTE on 2300mhz.or if any sim network provider now use 1800 mhz frequency for 4G LTE in ur area then surely u use ur A1549 model for 4G LTE now also. Dnt worry abt that in future most network are on 1800 mhz 4G LTE frequency. May be in 2015 mid.u are most welcome for any other brief detail.thanks

    • Rama September 25, 2014 5:39 pm

      iPhone 6
      Model A1586

      iPhone 6 Plus
      Model A1524

  • Ashwin Gupta September 19, 2014 4:23 pm

    Hi,
    I don’t have the understanding of network bands. I am planning to buy US iphone 6/6+ unlocked (pay as you go phone) through a friend and use it with my Airtel sim on 3G network. However I read an article today indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/cant-wait-for-the-iphone-6-buy-it-from-hong-kong-not-the-us/1/383579.html which says that US Iphone 6 wont work in India as it does not support TD-LTE band 40 which is used by may operators in India. Its says LTE, but what if some one wants to use on 3G or 2G ?

    • Rama - Chennai September 19, 2014 6:28 pm

      *2G and 3G will work not to worry about that. yes 4G can be a little tricky.

      • Ashwin Gupta - Navi Mumbai September 22, 2014 12:33 pm

        Thanks Rama for updating me.

      • Satish - Bangalore September 24, 2014 2:18 pm

        Can you be more specific on the 4G part?

        • Rama - Chennai September 25, 2014 5:38 pm

          *The thing is the except for the sprint version the US iPhone 6 mostly would not support LTE on band 40 which is currently used by Airtel and which Reliance Jio holds a pan India spectrum of. However it supports LTE on 1800 mhz band and I guess all US iPhone 6 models in fact all iPhone 6 models support LTE on 1800 mhz band. Now Reliance Jio and several other operators had won 1800 mhz spectrum in the February auctions and if no one else at least Reliance might deploy LTE on 1800 mhz band starting from March 2015. However once again Jio does not have a pan-India 1800 mhz spectrum they have 1800 mhz spectrum only in the southern and Central part of India. You can see if they won in your circle or not by this post of TT
          (http://telecomtalk.info/auction2014-list-of-winners-in-1800mhz-and-900mhz/114075/)
          So if you live in other circles you are mostly out of luck for LTE except of course if other players like Vodafone/Idea and Airtel start deployment on 1800 mhz band. The AVOID group will deploy 4G on the 1800 mhz band but not as soon as Jio would. If you want to buy iPhone 6 from US and at the same time ensure it would work in India then go for the sprint model which carries the model number as follows
          iPhone 6
          Model A1586

          iPhone 6 Plus
          Model A1524

  • vivek - gurgaon August 18, 2014 7:36 pm

    When the license of companies in 2300mhz band is ending in India?
    Why the companies are launching phones without 2300mhz support in India when they know about it very well?
    Why the indian network operators are not adopting LTE over other bands when they know very well that most smartphones are launched or being launched without 2300mhz band support? (without considering the cost of acquisition of other bands)

  • Vikas K - new delhi August 18, 2014 12:40 pm

    Hi, I am not a very tech savvy person and I wish to upgrade from my BB 9790 to a another smatphone. I am willing to invest a amount on a phone which i can use for another 4-5 years and doesn’t get obsolete in terms of technology.
    Hence, i have narrowed down on a Samsug Galaxy S5 4G-LTE model, mainly because of the 4G compatibilty. I understand that it supports following 4G bands: B1(2100),B2(1900),B3(1800),B5(850),B7(2600),B8(900),B28(700)
    Can somebody suggest, would be a good bet and would be able to support current & future 4G spectrum in India?

    • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:11 pm

      @Vikas
      *Yes I believe the Samsung Galaxy S5 will and should be able to support the current and future bands used for LTE deployment.However when you buy the Samsung Galaxy S5 make sure that you buy the model which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and not the exynos model. You can even consider the HTC One M8 which now officially supports LTE in India after a software update was rolled out yesterday to bring LTE support.Even the Iphone 5S supports most probable LTE bands which might be used to roll out LTE in India.

      These models can be considered
      Samsung Galaxy S5 4G which has Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 inside
      HTC One M8
      iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C

      Personal recommendation
      HTC One M8
      Iphone 5S

  • Abhi - Mumbai August 9, 2014 4:33 pm

    Hi will the Samsung Galaxy s5 900F which is an Eurpoean variant support the 4g in India. Please suggest.
    Also Samsung has launched a 4g enabled Galaxy s5, on 20th July 2014, for a price tag of Rs.53,500/- but have not come in the market yet.

    • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:14 pm

      *The European variant will support the 1800 mhz band which is not yet used for LTE roll out in India so better wait and buy the 4G version of Samsung Galaxy S5 launching in India

  • amol nikam - chiplun dist:ratnagiri August 8, 2014 11:52 am

    i am planning to buy Huawei ascend p 7 dual sim phone.the company say that one sim will be 4G which will work on LT band.I want to know that if i buy the phone,will it work here in india?

  • Amrit - kolkata August 4, 2014 4:42 pm

    I own a nexus 5 but it is not supporting the 4G router…… its showing an error of ” Authentication Problem”…. is there any solution to it ??

    • Rama - Chennai August 4, 2014 4:48 pm

      *Maybe you gotta enter the correct password.But still I am not sure.

    • Sonu - Cuttack August 18, 2014 1:50 pm

      Try These to Check if …
      1. Toggle AirPlaneMode On/Off
      2. Delete all Wifi Settings/Profile – Then connect/enter address key manually.(Disable -Auto Search always available) in Advanced Wifi Settings
      2a. Settings > Wifi > your network name and select Forget. Then re-add the network, and check and see if it stays connected as you would expect it to.
      ———————————————
      Try Installing WiFi Fixer
      play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brilliapps.wifiandmorefixer
      =====================================================
      u havent given ur router details…so try the above mentioned..
      btw its nexus 5 issue… ;)

  • Kumar - Hyderabad July 20, 2014 1:54 am

    HTC one M8 is already 4G compatible supporting 2300Mhz.

    do check gsmarena.com/htc_one_(m8)-6074.php

    • Darshan August 4, 2014 5:20 pm

      Yaa u r right…
      It supports 2300mhz but i guess it would support 1800mhz because in that India column only 2300mhz is written

  • Ramanaknv June 29, 2014 7:05 am

    Very good information for those who want to buy 4G LTE mobile right now ….,
    Thank you very much

  • devesh chauragade June 28, 2014 12:16 pm

    i want to know wheather lg F 70 support 4g in india or not? plz reply ……………thanks

    • Rama June 28, 2014 12:27 pm

      NO

      • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:24 pm

        ^Wrong info

    • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:12 pm

      Sorry yes it does support LTE

  • Deep June 25, 2014 5:45 pm

    HI…… i spoke to Airtel representatives and they confirmed that only iPhone 5S/5C would work on their 4G LTE network. Could this be their lack of knowledge or does the other phone such as LG G2 LTE and XOLO as mentioned by you work on airtel’s 4G network. Please clarify, i am looking out for a 4G handset and iPhone is not my choice…….Thanks!

  • prabhu June 14, 2014 12:27 am

    TD-LTE 2300 in India- India telcom operators wont shed this band bcoz they have bought this license for 20 years with huge sum of money ,so there is no chance they would be dropping 2300mhz. Even though indian telecom operators bought the 1800 mhz band ,implementing the same for commercial use would take at least 3-4 years . Reliance jio is currently testing its 4g in 2300Mhz band only. So it will implement 4g(2300 mhz) by jan2015 . So, most of the others will follow the suite with 2300 mhz band only.Td-LTE is worst ever technology to have 4g implementation. As, india is known for providing worst ever quality product , we would take it(we are known for compromising things). I bought airtel 4g dongle in the year 2012 -november .at first they said it would give 100 mbps speed,when they gave the demo it was giving 25 mbps only,anyway i compromised and bought it .After 3 months the speed got reduced to 18 mbps. then again got reduced to 10 mbps,when contacted their customer care there was no response.After several months ,they responded that the speed has been restricted to 10mbps to all users. so this is how they cheat peoples. So indian telecom operators are known for cheating , and there is no way we can fight .So adapt to whatever is available .
    Phones in TD-LTE — one positive news is , china has auctioned the 2300 mhz for 4g .so,they have few telecom companies of china already implemented 4g .So we will get more TD-LTE(2300mhz) available in the market soon.Already we have one plus one mobile , oppo find 7 released,which are TD-LTE compatible. So,many more TD LTE phone will come to market by jan 2015.(off course just 10 mbps speed)

    • Sumit Kathare June 24, 2014 2:25 pm

      Very useful info. Thanks
      I have the 4G dongle by Airtel. Max speed i get is 30 Mbps as opposed to their claims of 100 Mbps. such a sham!

      • Sudhakar July 14, 2014 7:19 pm

        What about the upload speed?. This is what I call tech. slum India.

  • Rajesh May 28, 2014 3:32 pm

    I am planning to buy Sony Xperia Z2, India version which does not support 4g. Buying this gadget would be a bad idea, should I wait for some more time until the next Sony Xperia 4g device is launched.

    Regards
    Rajesh

    • Rama May 28, 2014 4:00 pm

      *If you desperately need 4G then buy iphone 5S/5C or G2 D802T or you will have to wait atleast 3-4 more months for the 4G handset from sony to come

    • Sudhakar July 14, 2014 7:21 pm
    • PARMINDER SINGH September 11, 2014 3:21 pm

      buy xperia z3 compact it support all 4G LTE network in india

    • vivek - gurgaon October 10, 2014 7:02 pm

      Buy xperia Z 2 as it supports 4g on 1800 mhz which will be launched by various telecom operators this year or next year. Sony is claiming that it’s Z 3 supports 4g but it too doesn’t support 4g on 2300 mhz but only on 1800/1900/2100 mhz so go for Z 2 as it is cheaper now.

      • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 11, 2014 10:22 am

        buy z3 compact it support 2300 mhz 4G LTE.and now all indian operator use this frequency for 4G LTE.dnt buy z3 model buy z3 compact model number d 5833.its is available in all sony indain store.email me for any more information

    • PARMINDER SINGH - JALANDHAR October 18, 2014 12:43 pm

      buy xperia z3 compact which support airtel 4G LTE at 2300 mhz…

  • Ananth May 21, 2014 2:20 pm

    There are two variants of LG G2 in India – D802 and D802T. LG site says D802T supports 4G. So Does it mean that D802T supports all LTE bands including 2300 while D802 supports all bands excluding 2300. I am planning to get one so which one should I get? If D802 supports the 1800 band then that should be fine. Kindly clarify ASAP

    • Rama May 21, 2014 2:25 pm

      *The D802T supports 2300 mhz band LTE and also 1800 mhz band LTE which are the two most probable bands for future deployment of LTE in India so if you plan on buying a LTE smartphone in India go for D802T.On the other hand D802 does not support LTE at all at least software wise.

      • Ananth May 21, 2014 2:53 pm

        Thanks

        • Ananth May 21, 2014 3:01 pm

          Also, will the nexus 5 support the 4g 1800 band?

          • Rama May 21, 2014 4:05 pm

            *The Indian variant wont

          • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:23 pm

            *The Indian variant may support LTE at 1800 mhz band as reported by my friend Sugu but still by the time LTE roll out on the 1800 mhz band takes place the device would be a really old.

  • Amitojdeep Singh Brar May 10, 2014 12:16 am

    Wrong info detected!!
    1)HTC One M8 variant released in India will actually gain 2300mhz support soon with a software update via OTA soon…this is already doing rounds on internet and iGyaan has even confirmed from HTC execs.
    2)And the Z2 version in India wont even support 1800 Mhz as Sony hasn’t put the 4g modem in it…but do cross check my second fact as it’s not very clear but same was with Z1 to cut costs.
    Buy One M8 if you want latest soc and 4g support and can live with a low res camera…but it would have been better if that was out of the box as 4g on mobile is already available in my city i.e. Chandigarh.

    • Rama May 10, 2014 7:28 am

      *Bro even I felt the same first that HTC One 2014 will support LTE on 2300 MHZ band.But when I checked out on GSM Arena no version of HTC One 2014 seems to be supporting LTE on 2300 MHZ band.So this means that either HTC executives are lying about LTE support on their Indian variant or GSM arena is reporting wrong facts.

      *Now it would not be shocking if we come to know that HTC executives were indeed lying because last year even LG executives during the launch of LG G2 2013 said that it will support LTE on 2300 mhz band and a software update for the same will be rolled out at a later point of time.But instead of rolling out the software update for the original G2 users LG released an entirely new phone G2 LTE for 45k which is 10k more than the current price of G2 at 35k.

      *Its common for these tech companies to lie about certain aspects of the phone to make it look attractive and boost sales and LTE support happens to be one of them.Similarly these companies also involve themselves in benchmark boosting.

      *But on the other hand GSM Arena can be wrong and who knows a given version of HTC One 2014 might support LTE on 2300 mhz band after all and a software update might be rolled out to support the same.

      *Regarding Sony Xperia Z2 I completely agree with you because there is a version of Z2 whose model number is D6502 and it comes with support for GSM and HSPA+ only and no LTE support.The D6502 might very well lack the LTE modem and might be the model of Z2 entering India.

      *All in all LTE support is a very controversial topic man and there is always uncertainty especially for Indian variants when it comes to LTE support.

      *

    • KARAN SINGH CHOUDHARY May 16, 2014 6:19 pm

      Im using Nokia Lumia 1320 and they told me abt
      LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-995
      LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 – RM-994
      What is the diffrence?

      • Rama May 16, 2014 8:30 pm

        *One is meant for Europe and the other one for America that’s what i guess looking at the lte bands mentioned.

        *No variant of lumia sold in india supports LTE

        • Darshan - Rajkot August 23, 2014 10:54 pm

          You might have not full aware of this (Rama) that RM 994 which is sold in india have LTE support in band as KARAN SINGH CHOUDHARY says and reliance jio might have band of 1800 MHz it might implement that.So lumia 1320 have LTE support…..

          • Rama - Chennai August 24, 2014 8:47 am

            *Software wise LTE is disabled that’s all what I can say.

    • Rama - Chennai August 18, 2014 1:22 pm

      Hey I am sorry yes you are right the HTC One M8 Indian variant will support LTE in India. When the device was launched no mention of 2300 mhz band LTE support was made at GSM Arena which made me believe this device does not have LTE support as GSM Arena did not mention it but later on the product page at GSM Arena got updated. Yesterday it became even more obvious that HTC One M8 will support LTE in India after a software update was rolled out to bring LTE support.

  • LolaChan May 5, 2014 12:21 am

    Lots of mobile phones are availbale in Indian Market with 4G.I have purchsed samsung Ace3 with 4G for my international travelling.its very cheap and cost 11K INR only.I am being used data in LTE very fast when i travell europe

  • Suvham May 4, 2014 11:26 pm

    @Nishant, is it the Exynos variant of the S5 that you are using?
    If yes, drop Samsung India a mail regarding the camera bug. This camera issue has been faced by majority of people in the US who bought the phone from Verizon. Samsung or Verizon are currently working to iron out the camera bug in the S5, Wait for a software update to get the camera issue fixed.

  • Nishant May 4, 2014 8:14 pm

    I took Samsung Galaxy S5 n today my camera is not working what to do now?
    Some of my friends said that once you give your mobile to samsung care then lot of problems are faced afterwards as they open the cellphone fully….
    Now what should I do?…I dont know anything about Galaxy S5 as I was previously using Nokia E71 since last 7 years and there was no problem with it….
    What a 3rd class company is this cant even give good quality to 47500rs mobile….

    • Mohit May 4, 2014 11:06 pm

      Your friends are right. The service centre boys mostly come from slum areas. They can harm your S5. They will not return your phone for many days bcoz they will show it to there friends “look I got S5″.
      They have hand solder machine but factory assembled phones are soldered from high tech solder auto machines not by hands.
      Also I think you purchased S5 very soon. We have to wait for 2 weeks after launch, read reviews and then think to purchase costly phones.

    • Darshan May 4, 2014 11:21 pm

      Firstly
      There is a right with customer that if device has some problem in cellphone after he buys within 7days the dealer from where you have buyed the piece will give a replacement or if possible a cashback
      Secondly
      Same was the case with my friend who had bought Galaxy S5 and with a lot of fight with Samsung Service Center people they had given us full cashback
      Thirdly
      Yes I accept that when a device gets opened be it by Samsung people or 3rd party people chances are more that device will get some other errors but the thing is the problem which u are facing is a software problem rather than a hardware problem so most probably Samsung people will not open the piece…
      And lastly
      If you get a option of replacement/cashback go for cashback and take some good piece like iPhone 5s..

  • Manish May 4, 2014 4:28 pm

    Nexus 5 supports 1800mhz i guess

  • Ganesh Srinivasan May 4, 2014 1:47 pm

    My view

    4G speeds – very good for watching videos / live TV etc – are a waste on small screen smartphones and tablets

    Better option would be to opt for 4G WiFi routers at home and use for multiple devices including large screen TV

    One advantage I see with Airtel 4G on mobile phone is at 3G rates 4G plans included unlimited usage, although at low speeds, beyond FUP data limits

  • Suvham May 4, 2014 1:26 pm

    Waiting for phones that will support all the LTE bands under 10k with higher capacity batteries.

    • Kanaga Deepan N May 4, 2014 1:40 pm

      Sorry to say, You may need to wait too longer…

      • Sudhakar May 4, 2014 4:19 pm

        MAy be only his grand children can buy at that cost !!!. LOL LOL.

  • Aamit (Kolkata Circle) May 4, 2014 12:56 pm

    Hope to get cheap 4G device with the launch of RJIO.

    • Kanaga Deepan N May 4, 2014 1:39 pm

      Cheap + Worst quality as usual, imho…

      • Sudhakar May 4, 2014 4:37 pm

        This is what I call india a ‘TECHNOLOGY SLUM’.

    • Aamit (Kolkata Circle) May 4, 2014 6:45 pm

      Hope to get cheap + good quality 4G device + service with the launch of RJIO.

      • Rama May 4, 2014 7:55 pm

        *You will get a good 4G device for low cost but you will have to compulsarily use jio services for 2 or 3 years.

        *I guess jio will start a U.S like contract system over here in India as well.In this system u can buy a device like iphone 5S for say 12k.But the 5S will be locked to jio for say 2 years and u will have to pay a fixed monthly fees and the fees will be set in such a way that in 2 years jio will recover the cost of device as well as their services.

  • Asif May 4, 2014 12:15 pm

    It doesn’t.

  • spiderman May 4, 2014 12:04 pm

    Does Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500 Indian version supports 4G LTE 1800 MHZ Band??

    • Mohit May 4, 2014 2:31 pm

      I heard that I9505 model has 4G lte.
      But spiderman needs 5G speed. Lol.

      • Saumik B May 4, 2014 10:26 pm

        LOL… May be 6G as well..

  • Ivan May 4, 2014 12:02 pm

    What we need is 4G phones compatible with more than 1 frequency like the iPhone 5s and 5c which support more than one frequency and if the future of the market is going to be such that operators will use more than one frequency then we need phones that will support multiple frequency which will allow one to change operators at the consumers will for example from one that provided 4G on 2300 Mhz to one that provided 4G on 1800 Mhz.

    And yes 2300 Mhz 4G sucks big time wonder we we even opted for it the game changer is going to be 4G @1800Mhz

  • Ivan May 4, 2014 11:59 am

    What we need is a 4G phone compatible with more than 1 frequency like the iPhone 5s and 5c which support more than one frequency and if the future of the market is going to be such thathat operators will use more than one frequency then we need phones that will support multiple frequency which will alow one to change operators at the consumers will.

    And yes 2300 Mhz 4G sucks big time wonder we we even opted for it

  • nick May 4, 2014 11:53 am

    All Sony XPERIA Z series supports LTE band starting from the very first Xperia Z to the latest Xperia Z2. I own the C6603 model and it has 2600 band capacity so I’m 4G ready :)

    • Krish May 4, 2014 12:27 pm

      u need 2300mhz not 2600mhz.

      • nick May 4, 2014 7:25 pm

        Which means the phone has got even more. Didn’t u get it?

        • nick May 4, 2014 7:27 pm

          Tested and working great in chandigarh sector

          • Rama May 4, 2014 8:05 pm

            *Bro he is not wrong and no Indian version of Z/Z2 supports LTE at all.Apart from that deployment on 2600 mhz band for LTE is yet to take place so from where did u test ????.The 2600 mhz band was provided to BSNL which BSNL now plans on surrendering so its not even future ready.

  • Abhay Yadav May 4, 2014 11:16 am

    As per global trends I would like to recommend to readers few facts about 4G. 4G LTE on 2300 is extremely less adopted by 1-2 countries (major being India and China). Apple keeps 2300 band for LTE to make it usable by maximum countries and bigger markets like India & China. However, 2300 MHz 4G LTE is of no use because of its inefficient penetration of radio signals. If one observe the status of 3G signals on 2100 MHs all over India (in major cities), then one can easily predict the future of 4G signals on 2300 MHz. However, the stable and long term success of 4G will be there only on 700 MHz, 800 MHz & 1800 MHz. Therefore, major companies providing only upto 1800 MHz LTE 4G handsets. USA using mainly 700 MHz band for 4G with 1800 MHz. In India CDMA operators using 800MHz might offer 4G LTE in future after liberalised unified telecom policy which enables license holder to offer any service (2G, 3G or 4G) on any frequency band. Not to forget, Videocon already announced to launch 4G on its 1800 MHz spectrum by Dec 2014 in major cities.1800 MHz has much efficient coverage with lesser number of towers. More number of towers required for 2300 MHz means more electromagnetic waves and more EM pollution and more signal hazards. Also companies like Vodafone not having licence for 2300 MHz have announced to start 4G on 1800 MHz in coming years. Not to forget Reliance Jio having 2300 MHz license participated aggressively and won licenses in several circles for 1800 MHz because Reliance Jio knows the efficiency of 1800 MHz for both 2G GSM as well as 4G LTE.

    • JoelAvadi May 6, 2014 9:28 am

      Thanks for the valuable info Abhay Yadav

    • vivek August 18, 2014 7:50 pm

      If reliance has acquired 4g license for 1800mhz then why smartphone selling companies are not mentioning their phones as 4g ready?

  • JOY May 4, 2014 8:38 am

    @Asif Iqbal; Good Article !! Plz include Qualcomm 4G circles (Delhi,Haryana,Mumbai, Kerala) to Airtel circles. Airtel acquisition of these circles r complete. Augere has shown no sign of starting operations in MP&CG circle. Hope Airtel buyout Augere licence too !!!

  • abc May 4, 2014 7:29 am

    I think in December auction of 900 Mhz the operators will be awarded unified license then 4g will also be available in 900 Mhz and if 800 is also auctioned then it will too

    • Kanaga Deepan N May 4, 2014 2:02 pm

      900MHz is more suited for 3G than 4G. Because in total only two networks are offering this service in this world. So equipments will be costly and forget about reasonable 4G phones in that band, imho…

      But 800MHz and 700MHz is altogether a new fine story as its better suited for LTE and many networks are using this for long time…

  • Nishath May 4, 2014 7:16 am

    How about Nexus 5?

    • Rama May 4, 2014 8:56 am

      *If u have bought it in India then you will get the LTE disabled.

      • Nishath May 4, 2014 10:59 am

        I bought in US..

        • Rama May 4, 2014 11:36 am

          *Then LTE support should be there but it must be noted that u will be able to.use LTE only on the 1800mhz band and not on 2300 mhz band.

    • Chetan May 4, 2014 9:15 am

      No, nexus 5 does not support tdd lte band 2300 mhz(band40)
      Actually TDD LTE band 40 was only auctioned in china and india. Hence very limited support for this band. This scenario will remain same for ever for this band. Reputed OEM flagship will never be compatible with this band.
      Also airtel launched 4g on this band just to provide wireless broadband services. Offlate they are fooling customers to uptake this band on thier handsets to become early movers in industries even though this band is not mobile friendly.
      Imagine the kind of power required to continue to latch on 2.3ghz and maintain effeciency too. I feel pitty on iphones 5s and 5c.

      Reliance jio is doing good by launching broadband first on 2300mhz and then launching 4g on handset on 1800mhz band

      • Robin Chatterjee - Kolkata August 12, 2014 12:32 pm

        Reputed OEM flagship = LG G3, Applie iphone 5s, 5c, Xiaomi mi4 (to launch in december) samsung S5.
        Problem is with low cost options. Only LG F70 and Xolo are currently providing. but Micromax phoenix is rumoured to be in the works.

  • Rama May 4, 2014 7:08 am

    *Even I checked out on GSM Arena and no version of HTC One 2014 seems to be suppporting lte on 2300mhz band.On the other hand HTC has made a press statement that the HTC One 2014 does support lte on 2300 mhz band and in future a software update will be rolled out to support the same.

    *So either GSM Arena is wrong or HTC is simply fooling its customers.

    *I dont know what joy do companies like LG and HTC get in mis-guiding their customers to buy their products when they actually dont support LTE

  • Rajesh May 4, 2014 6:36 am

    Not only those flagship Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2, even Lumia 820, 920,925…..supports LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600,

  • Gundeshwar May 4, 2014 6:10 am

    From the Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S5 and Note II to Note III, all of them launched by Samsung in India packed Exynos chipsets. Those flagships also packs Snapdragon chipsets but India never got the Snapdragon variants of those flagships. Exynos processors tend to heat up quickly and drain battery at a higher rate when working with demanding applications or playing graphics intensive games compared to Snapdragon processors. I have two S4, one packs the Exynos 2 quad cores and the other one ticks the Snapdragon 600. One day when both the variants were at 28 degree Celcius, and had 80 percent battery i gave the Snapdragon variant to my bro and i used the Exynos one. We loaded Asphalt 8 game on both the variants and played the game for 30 minutes. After that, i checked the phones. The Exynos one had reached 48 degree Celcius temperature and battery dropped to 58 percent of the 80 percent while the Snapdragon one had reached 39 degree Celcius temperate and the the battery dropped to 65 percent from 80 percent. Qualcomm has been in the processor making game long before Samsung and they have much more experience than Sammy. Even HTC M8 and Xperia Z2 providing 4G over 1800 Mhz band and no Samsung

    • Rama May 4, 2014 2:00 pm

      +1.

      *Samsung does not know to make good chipsets but they do know to manufacture good chipsets.I mean the Apple cortex A7 was a amazing chipset which was made by Apple and manufactured by Samsung.Similarly Qualcomm has been making chipsets for periods much longer than Samsung and they definitely know more about chipsets than Samsung.

      *Apart from that Samsung does not implement its own custom architecture in their chipsets but rather uses the stock ARM cortex architecture whereas on the other hand Qualcomm uses its own custom Krait architecture over cortex which gives them an edge.
      *All in all Samsung has been in the chipset business for a long time but only as a manufacturer and not as a chipset designer or maker.

      *While I don’t mean to doubt the authenticity of your comment but fo you really own a Indian S4 as well as International S4.

  • Mohit May 4, 2014 5:58 am

    Yes we need 2300mhz phone for 4G lte.
    But we need a good battery also, atleast 3500mah in a 4G lte phone.
    Now the competition in May is b/w MMX PHEONIX and Nokia 635.
    In June we will see Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G lte which has band 40 lte and 4000mah battery.

  • abhishek chatterjee May 4, 2014 2:29 am

    can u tell me how many 4G LTE USB modem support 2300MHz band ?