Mar 22 AT 12:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 55 Comments

It looks like T-Mobile is future proofing their new phones to run on AT&T

According to the official specifications for the LG G2x, it appears that T-Mobile will begin to future proof their phones by including radios that operate on both their network and AT&T’s, in anticipation of the merger.

T-Mobile currently operates their 3G and 4G HSPA+ networks on AWS Band IV (1700), but AT&T wants to re-purpose that spectrume for their 4G LTE coverage. AT&T operates their 3G and 4G HSPA+ networks on UMTS bands 850 and 1900, so current T-Mobile handsets would need to be replaced when the network changes are made.

The proposed merger is not expected to close for another 12 months and AT&T says the transition to 4G LTE on AWS spectrum could take several years, so we don’t see this as a big deal for current T-Mobile customers. The day will come when some T-Mobile phones need to be replaced, but AT&T has said in previous transactions they “allowed customers to choose a comparable device at no charge if their device was not compatible with the network.”

We know that AT&T and T-Mobile had been in negotiations for at least three months, so it looks like they decided on letting T-Mobile produce phones that would work on both networks to make the transition process easier.

The bands (frequencies) supported by the G2x.

The T-Mobile G2x is the first phone that supports UMTS bands 1700/2100 for T-Mobile and 850/1900 for AT&T. The global version of the LG Optimus 2X did not support all these bands, so someone at T-Mobile had to request a special radio that could handle both networks.

We don’t know if the UMTS bands for AT&T’s HSPA+ network will be turned on when the G2x hits stores, but a future update to the radio’s firmware could easily enable them when needed.

So if you were thinking about purchasing the T-Mobile G2x and were concerned it might not work in a couple years, you can put your worries to rest because it has the hardware needed to operate on AT&T.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • http://Website Richard Yarrell
    • http://Website TIto!

      Yeah! Go Dan Hesse, stick it to the man.
      I seriously wouldn’t have minded a merger of Sprint/T-Mobile.
      Dan Hesse seems like a smart man with character, and good CEO at that.
      If Deutsche Telekom is looking for rushed, not so thought out (because their sissies) then Dan Hesse is the man they want to sell to.
      He can manage the T-Mobile better then DT carelessly pretends to.

      T-Mobile, FTW! (:

  • http://Website TWiT Commander

    May be LG is making one version for the Americas (not 2, to avoid confusion), and one version for the rest of the world. Still, I think Nokia’s pentaband approach is better (see N8 & E7).

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      This is likely the case, considering the LG’s 3D offering for AT&T also has T-Mobile bands.

  • http://Website watbetch

    They were also pushing out new commercials with Carly during these past 3 months. It seems as if they’re keeping all of their options open.

    I would much rather see this deal fall through, have T-Mobile released from DT and sold to someone that can take them where they need to be.

    • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

      I’m so with you on that. I pray for it.

    • http://Website m

      google, buy t-mobile already :)

    • http://Website Dave

      Even if the deal falls through Deutsch Telecom will still own T-Mobile. The biggest reason that the company is being sold is because the company is not able to expand it service or customer base due to ATT owning the complete GSM band with in quite a few markets. Without having that band with available to them it makes no sense as a business to maintain a portion of their operation that would never be able to grow to it’s full potential. Even with understanding why it’s happening, I hope it falls through also. I really like the backup clause that was placed into the agreement if the plan fails to go through DT will receive 3 Billion, ownership of the bandwith that ATT has been holding (but not using) to prevent TMO’s growth, and prefer status for using their network for roaming calls. Either way it a win. One way it’s a bigger win for DT, and the other is a bigger win for the customer.

  • OnIn2

    We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious

  • http://Website dagamer34

    Wait, how do we know that AT&T and T-Mobile negotiations have been for at least 3 months? Where’s the story on that one.

    Heck, I always thought that it wasn’t possible to have that many bands on a phone and that AWS always replaced 1900Mhz (the exception of course being Nokia and their superb engineering team).

    • http://Website Camille

      The buyout news went viral on Sunday. I know that no one believes that T-Mobile and AT&T sat down on Friday or Saturday night and decided “hey, let’s agree to sale T-Mobile to AT&T according to these terms…” It doens’t work like that. Usually, those kind of negotiations take months. So, it’s not so farfetched to believe that these negotiations have been going on for at least 3 months.

      • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com Dave

        I don’t think that’s what the person was saying. I think what they’re saying is where was the news report (via. blog) story on the talks of this. Because remember we primarily heard Sprint & T-Mobile talks (Acquisitions). No one heard of AT&T & T-Mobile talks.

        • http://Website Camille

          Yes, we had heard that Sprint and T-Mobile were in talks, cause this completely threw me for a loop. However, it doesn’t matter who T-Mobile was negotiating with, they still would have had to have been negotiating for a little while, more than likely negotiating with both at the same time. It’s just that the talks with AT&T had not been leaked.

  • http://Website Splinter

    The Samsung Vibrant (released Jul 2010) has a radio which supports the AT&T 850/1900 bands, so the G2x IS NOT the first phone with this capability.

    • http://Website surfcity_dad

      I think the Vibrant only has 1900 per a post on XDA last summer. Would only work on 3g where AT&T used the 1900 band

  • http://Website mikaeldalc

    I have a new commercial pitch for at&t… have a carly look alike stand there and make smart remarks about the two networks and how great (supposably) t-mobile is. Then out of no where, the at&t rep absorbs her soul while saying “Fatality”

    • http://Website NobleHelium

      I think it’d be better to have the AT&T guy just pick up and carry Carly off. That’d be appropriate.

    • http://Website frank

      lol “supposably”

  • DyingRobot

    I see the future of At&t and it looks pink.

  • http://Website revs

    so is att giving me 500$ for my mt4g?

  • http://Website DB

    Any idea on the size of the battery?

  • http://Website Eric

    Sweet. I may sell my captivate and buy one of these to put on AT&T. Depends on if they get CM support. How is LG with hacking?

  • http://Website lancaster09

    Does that mean I can use AT&T bands before the merger? or will there be an update to turn one set of bands off and the other on?

    I have AT&T 3G in FWB,FL and not TMo 3G, so that would be nice

  • http://Website teleknEsis

    I originally wanted the G2X but the Pyramid made me change my mind. This has me now re-thinking the G2X, so I’ll wait to see if the Pyramid also supports both bands

    • http://Website FtKnoxTMO

      Do a google search for Pyramid Benchmark and you will have another reason to rethink your purchase choice. My MT3G contract is not up until June, so hopefully this and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be out by then. So tired of 30+ second lag’s in the first gen 3G phone from HTC.

  • http://turbosix.net turbosix.net

    i checked the FCC website, search BEJP990. looks like its not a typo…

  • http://facebook.com/therickyrescue Ricky Olivarez

    I really want this phone, hopefully it gets updated to Android 2.3 soon!

  • http://Website Raptor

    Who cares about Tmo anymore? RIP

  • BiGMERF

    seriously who will have this same phone in a cple of years when the bands completely transfer over.. we are all must have the latest kind of guys n gals who rarely even go past a year with the same phone.. its a none issue

    • http://Website Andrew

      I’ve had my G1 for 2 & 1/2 years now. It’s faster than ever thanks to Gingerbread.

    • http://Website J.

      I think you’re missing the bigger picture here…
      a radio update from the Mod community and you have minimum 3G coverage everywhere there is 3G coverage.

      Not “your carrier”‘s 3G coverage. Your Carrier’s + My Carriers.

  • http://Website Tito!

    Jesus. I find it funny that these websites didn’t take into consideration the potential roaming agreement if this merger weren’t to go on.
    Idk. 850/1900 bands seem like roaming bands to me. :)
    Maybe T-Mobile, has insight that this acquisition won’t be approved. (I sure hope not)
    & keep touting this AT&T/T-Mobile ‘Super Entity’, and it just might.
    I personally care about pricing, then some silly “Innovation” for the country’s wireless industry.

    T-Mobile was going somewhere. (Hell, they have the Largest & Fastest 4G network)
    Soo. Deutsche Telekom can suck it! (Unless their plan is to sabotage) :)

    T-Mobile, FTW!

  • Drew

    As much as I hate that T-Mobile is being absorbed, if their new phones can be released as such, I’d be content with upgrading in May as I originally planned.

  • http://Website Jim

    Will this work with the Sidekick 4G because on the T-Mobile website specs says the same with 850/1900 bands.

  • http://Website dumbo

    so is she drunk? now she is gonna bang the att guy not bag on him no more?

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-att-t-mobile-merger Levin Manabat

    Please sign my petition to stop the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger.

  • http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-att-t-mobile-merger Levin Manabat

    Sorry for the double post.

    Please sign my petition to stop the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-att-t-mobile-merger

  • http://Website ████████████████████████████████████â

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Verizon + iPhone = epic win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Website RUP3RT L33T

    LONG LIVE T-MOBILE EUROPE!!!! GLAD STOOPID AMERICANS CANT DUMP OUR MONEY ANY MORE!!!!! $39 BILLION MORE FOR EUROPEANS AND LOTS OF LAYOFFS IN AMERICA. GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED…..LOL

    • http://Website Youre a british retard

      You, sir, are retarded. This doesnt mean there will be alot of layoffs, as T-Mobile will still be here, just sold to At&T. Oh, and may your monarchs get hit by the train that’s headed to Hogwarts. U mad? :)

  • http://Website ERIS

    what ((((( (T-MOBILE) AKA (TERRIBLE- MOBILE) NEED TO DO IS STOP THEIR SO CALLED 4G AND UPGRADE THEIR DAM EDGE TOWERS BECAUSE IM EFFING SICK OF IT AND READY TO LEAVE TERRIBLE-MOBILE FOREVER!!! SPRINT,VERIZON,ATT ALL HAVE 3G WHERE I LIVE AND ITS DAM FAST TOOO MY FRIENDS ((((((1))))) GEN PALM PRE FROM SPRINT BEATS MY SAMSUNG VIBRANT IN PRETTY MUCH ANY WEBSITE BY LIKE 7-15 SECONDS AND DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE YOUTUBE PLAYER REALLYYYYYYYY!!! PATHETICCCCC GOODBYE AS WHAT MY VIBRANT SAYS WHEN I SHUT IT DOWN GOODBYE TERRIBLE MOBILEEE!!!!

    • http://Website Greg

      You’re a fucking retard.

    • http://Website ponyx

      A super duper fucking retard. Anyway, all US wireless carriers blow in some way. Verizon is way overpriced and AT&T totally suck donkey balls. At least T-Mobile has reasonably priced plans.

  • WickedToby741

    Whether or not the merger gets approved, T-Mobile will be allowed to roam on AT&T’s network, which will require having these bands anyways. I believe I saw on another blog that another version of the Vibrant was spotted going through the FCC also with the extra AT&T bands. If the deal goes through, these phones will be able to be used on the combined network just as well as on T-Mobile’s current network. If the deal doesn’t go through, then T-Mobile stays independent but gets access to AT&T’s network for roaming, which means they need those bands to exploit that anyways. I think its a pretty safe bet any phone coming out of T-Mobile from now on will sport the AT&T bands as well as T-Mobile’s because either way they’ll need it.

  • http://Website Phonegeek

    Seems as if the mytouch 4g carries at&t’s bands as well. Check tmobiles site!

  • http://BuyingthisphoneforT-MobileUSandEuropeanBands Josh N

    I guess this may have to wait until the phone comes out and the hackers get their hands on it, but I am really interested in seeing if this phone would be able to work not only on T-Mobile in the US, but with the extra bands if 3G would work in Europe (which I’ve been told are the same bands as AT&Ts). Do you have any idea if this would work? If so, this would be the ideal phone for me going between T-mobile US and (ironically) T-Mobile Europe.

    • http://Website Mr. Stephenson, at&t CEO

      Sure, but at&t WILL find a way to shut this down and RIP YOU OFF.

  • http://Website Blest
  • cobaltleo

    funny that there still running ad’s poking fun at att though.

  • http://Website Googler.

    For what it’s worth… A friend of mine is a real estate developer that owns some commercial property that T-Mobile leases to house servers and other equipment. He received a letter putting him on notice that they may be out next year. A follow up letter said they will NOT be out, that even upon the merge, they will need to continue to operate t-mob equipment. So it looks they do plan on supporting both bands anyway for quite some time.

  • http://Website hateatt

    AT&T SUCKS!!! KILL THE MERGER!!!

  • http://Website popeyedoyle

    After the merger, a-titty wireless will now be the largest as well as the most fucked up wireless carrier in the US.

    • TIto!Guest 4 years ago

      Yeah! Go Dan Hesse, stick it to the man.
      I seriously wouldn’t have minded a merger of Sprint/T-Mobile.
      Dan Hesse seems like a smart man with character, and good CEO at that.
      If Deutsche Telekom is looking for rushed, not so thought out (because their sissies) then Dan Hesse is the man they want to sell to.
      He can manage the T-Mobile better then DT carelessly pretends to.

      T-Mobile, FTW! (:

  1. TWiT CommanderGuest 4 years ago

    May be LG is making one version for the Americas (not 2, to avoid confusion), and one version for the rest of the world. Still, I think Nokia’s pentaband approach is better (see N8 & E7).

  2. watbetchGuest 4 years ago

    They were also pushing out new commercials with Carly during these past 3 months. It seems as if they’re keeping all of their options open.

    I would much rather see this deal fall through, have T-Mobile released from DT and sold to someone that can take them where they need to be.

    • DaveGuest 4 years ago

      I’m so with you on that. I pray for it.

    • mGuest 4 years ago

      google, buy t-mobile already :)

    • DaveGuest 4 years ago

      Even if the deal falls through Deutsch Telecom will still own T-Mobile. The biggest reason that the company is being sold is because the company is not able to expand it service or customer base due to ATT owning the complete GSM band with in quite a few markets. Without having that band with available to them it makes no sense as a business to maintain a portion of their operation that would never be able to grow to it’s full potential. Even with understanding why it’s happening, I hope it falls through also. I really like the backup clause that was placed into the agreement if the plan fails to go through DT will receive 3 Billion, ownership of the bandwith that ATT has been holding (but not using) to prevent TMO’s growth, and prefer status for using their network for roaming calls. Either way it a win. One way it’s a bigger win for DT, and the other is a bigger win for the customer.

  3. We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious

  4. dagamer34Guest 4 years ago

    Wait, how do we know that AT&T and T-Mobile negotiations have been for at least 3 months? Where’s the story on that one.

    Heck, I always thought that it wasn’t possible to have that many bands on a phone and that AWS always replaced 1900Mhz (the exception of course being Nokia and their superb engineering team).

    • CamilleGuest 4 years ago

      The buyout news went viral on Sunday. I know that no one believes that T-Mobile and AT&T sat down on Friday or Saturday night and decided “hey, let’s agree to sale T-Mobile to AT&T according to these terms…” It doens’t work like that. Usually, those kind of negotiations take months. So, it’s not so farfetched to believe that these negotiations have been going on for at least 3 months.

      • DaveGuest 4 years ago

        I don’t think that’s what the person was saying. I think what they’re saying is where was the news report (via. blog) story on the talks of this. Because remember we primarily heard Sprint & T-Mobile talks (Acquisitions). No one heard of AT&T & T-Mobile talks.

        • CamilleGuest 4 years ago

          Yes, we had heard that Sprint and T-Mobile were in talks, cause this completely threw me for a loop. However, it doesn’t matter who T-Mobile was negotiating with, they still would have had to have been negotiating for a little while, more than likely negotiating with both at the same time. It’s just that the talks with AT&T had not been leaked.

  5. SplinterGuest 4 years ago

    The Samsung Vibrant (released Jul 2010) has a radio which supports the AT&T 850/1900 bands, so the G2x IS NOT the first phone with this capability.

    • surfcity_dadGuest 4 years ago

      I think the Vibrant only has 1900 per a post on XDA last summer. Would only work on 3g where AT&T used the 1900 band

  6. mikaeldalcGuest 4 years ago

    I have a new commercial pitch for at&t… have a carly look alike stand there and make smart remarks about the two networks and how great (supposably) t-mobile is. Then out of no where, the at&t rep absorbs her soul while saying “Fatality”

  7. I see the future of At&t and it looks pink.

  8. revsGuest 4 years ago

    so is att giving me 500$ for my mt4g?

  9. DBGuest 4 years ago

    Any idea on the size of the battery?

  10. EricGuest 4 years ago

    Sweet. I may sell my captivate and buy one of these to put on AT&T. Depends on if they get CM support. How is LG with hacking?

  11. lancaster09Guest 4 years ago

    Does that mean I can use AT&T bands before the merger? or will there be an update to turn one set of bands off and the other on?

    I have AT&T 3G in FWB,FL and not TMo 3G, so that would be nice

  12. teleknEsisGuest 4 years ago

    I originally wanted the G2X but the Pyramid made me change my mind. This has me now re-thinking the G2X, so I’ll wait to see if the Pyramid also supports both bands

    • FtKnoxTMOGuest 4 years ago

      Do a google search for Pyramid Benchmark and you will have another reason to rethink your purchase choice. My MT3G contract is not up until June, so hopefully this and the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be out by then. So tired of 30+ second lag’s in the first gen 3G phone from HTC.

  13. turbosix.netGuest 4 years ago

    i checked the FCC website, search BEJP990. looks like its not a typo…

  14. Ricky OlivarezGuest 4 years ago

    I really want this phone, hopefully it gets updated to Android 2.3 soon!

  15. RaptorGuest 4 years ago

    Who cares about Tmo anymore? RIP

  16. seriously who will have this same phone in a cple of years when the bands completely transfer over.. we are all must have the latest kind of guys n gals who rarely even go past a year with the same phone.. its a none issue

    • AndrewGuest 4 years ago

      I’ve had my G1 for 2 & 1/2 years now. It’s faster than ever thanks to Gingerbread.

    • J.Guest 4 years ago

      I think you’re missing the bigger picture here…
      a radio update from the Mod community and you have minimum 3G coverage everywhere there is 3G coverage.

      Not “your carrier”‘s 3G coverage. Your Carrier’s + My Carriers.

  17. Tito!Guest 4 years ago

    Jesus. I find it funny that these websites didn’t take into consideration the potential roaming agreement if this merger weren’t to go on.
    Idk. 850/1900 bands seem like roaming bands to me. :)
    Maybe T-Mobile, has insight that this acquisition won’t be approved. (I sure hope not)
    & keep touting this AT&T/T-Mobile ‘Super Entity’, and it just might.
    I personally care about pricing, then some silly “Innovation” for the country’s wireless industry.

    T-Mobile was going somewhere. (Hell, they have the Largest & Fastest 4G network)
    Soo. Deutsche Telekom can suck it! (Unless their plan is to sabotage) :)

    T-Mobile, FTW!

  18. As much as I hate that T-Mobile is being absorbed, if their new phones can be released as such, I’d be content with upgrading in May as I originally planned.

  19. JimGuest 4 years ago

    Will this work with the Sidekick 4G because on the T-Mobile website specs says the same with 850/1900 bands.

  20. dumboGuest 4 years ago

    so is she drunk? now she is gonna bang the att guy not bag on him no more?

  21. Levin ManabatGuest 4 years ago

    Please sign my petition to stop the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger.

  22. Levin ManabatGuest 4 years ago

    Sorry for the double post.

    Please sign my petition to stop the AT&T/ T-Mobile merger: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-att-t-mobile-merger

  23. ████████████████████████████████████âGuest 4 years ago

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Verizon + iPhone = epic win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. RUP3RT L33TGuest 4 years ago

    LONG LIVE T-MOBILE EUROPE!!!! GLAD STOOPID AMERICANS CANT DUMP OUR MONEY ANY MORE!!!!! $39 BILLION MORE FOR EUROPEANS AND LOTS OF LAYOFFS IN AMERICA. GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED…..LOL

    • Youre a british retardGuest 4 years ago

      You, sir, are retarded. This doesnt mean there will be alot of layoffs, as T-Mobile will still be here, just sold to At&T. Oh, and may your monarchs get hit by the train that’s headed to Hogwarts. U mad? :)

  25. ERISGuest 4 years ago

    what ((((( (T-MOBILE) AKA (TERRIBLE- MOBILE) NEED TO DO IS STOP THEIR SO CALLED 4G AND UPGRADE THEIR DAM EDGE TOWERS BECAUSE IM EFFING SICK OF IT AND READY TO LEAVE TERRIBLE-MOBILE FOREVER!!! SPRINT,VERIZON,ATT ALL HAVE 3G WHERE I LIVE AND ITS DAM FAST TOOO MY FRIENDS ((((((1))))) GEN PALM PRE FROM SPRINT BEATS MY SAMSUNG VIBRANT IN PRETTY MUCH ANY WEBSITE BY LIKE 7-15 SECONDS AND DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE YOUTUBE PLAYER REALLYYYYYYYY!!! PATHETICCCCC GOODBYE AS WHAT MY VIBRANT SAYS WHEN I SHUT IT DOWN GOODBYE TERRIBLE MOBILEEE!!!!

    • GregGuest 4 years ago

      You’re a fucking retard.

    • ponyxGuest 4 years ago

      A super duper fucking retard. Anyway, all US wireless carriers blow in some way. Verizon is way overpriced and AT&T totally suck donkey balls. At least T-Mobile has reasonably priced plans.

  26. Whether or not the merger gets approved, T-Mobile will be allowed to roam on AT&T’s network, which will require having these bands anyways. I believe I saw on another blog that another version of the Vibrant was spotted going through the FCC also with the extra AT&T bands. If the deal goes through, these phones will be able to be used on the combined network just as well as on T-Mobile’s current network. If the deal doesn’t go through, then T-Mobile stays independent but gets access to AT&T’s network for roaming, which means they need those bands to exploit that anyways. I think its a pretty safe bet any phone coming out of T-Mobile from now on will sport the AT&T bands as well as T-Mobile’s because either way they’ll need it.

  27. PhonegeekGuest 4 years ago

    Seems as if the mytouch 4g carries at&t’s bands as well. Check tmobiles site!

  28. Josh NGuest 4 years ago

    I guess this may have to wait until the phone comes out and the hackers get their hands on it, but I am really interested in seeing if this phone would be able to work not only on T-Mobile in the US, but with the extra bands if 3G would work in Europe (which I’ve been told are the same bands as AT&Ts). Do you have any idea if this would work? If so, this would be the ideal phone for me going between T-mobile US and (ironically) T-Mobile Europe.

  29. funny that there still running ad’s poking fun at att though.

  30. Googler.Guest 4 years ago

    For what it’s worth… A friend of mine is a real estate developer that owns some commercial property that T-Mobile leases to house servers and other equipment. He received a letter putting him on notice that they may be out next year. A follow up letter said they will NOT be out, that even upon the merge, they will need to continue to operate t-mob equipment. So it looks they do plan on supporting both bands anyway for quite some time.

  31. hateattGuest 4 years ago

    AT&T SUCKS!!! KILL THE MERGER!!!

  32. popeyedoyleGuest 4 years ago

    After the merger, a-titty wireless will now be the largest as well as the most fucked up wireless carrier in the US.