The HTC One Google Play Edition (that’s what they’re calling these things) was released this week, and although we already knew that it wouldn’t work on Verizon or Sprint, some new information has been revealed in regards to network compatibility with T-Mobile (Spoiler Alert: It’s not looking good for T-Mobile customers).
The HTC One Google Play Edition is a unlocked GSM phone and should therefore be able to work on AT&T and T-Mobile, however the reality is quite different. If you plan on using your HTC One on T-Mobile and you aren’t in an area which has LTE, you’ll most like be stuck with low data speeds.
If you plan on using the HTC One Google Play Edition on T-Mobile in areas where there is no LTE, you'll be stuck with low data speeds.
This is due to the fact that the HTC One Google Play Edition does not support the necessary bands for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ AWS service. The HSPA+ AWS service requires a smartphone to be compatible with both the 1700MHz and 2100MHz, however the HTC One Google Play Edition does not support the T-Mobile HSPA+ 2100MHz band.
What this is means is that if you aren’t in an area where T-Mobile has LTE service, or where T-Mobile has moved its HSPA+ service onto the 1900MHz spectrum, you’ll be stuck on EDGE speeds.
Note that the HTC One Google Play Edition will work on AT&T without a hitch, and the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will work on both T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks.
Do you still plan on getting a HTC One Google Play Edition?
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GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
3G (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
HSDPA 21, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE (700 MHz, AWS)
Ironically, the T-Mobile version of the HTC One supports all those bands. It’s pentaband.
Of course, I it would need to be unlocked to use on other networks. Weird the Google Edition and developer edition aren’t pentaband.
I’m thinking that HTC gave Google the Developer Edition of the HTC One to work with, and that’s why the Google Play Edition doesn’t have a pentaband.
that is why getting the t-mobile one is best choice
Whoever planned those releases needs to be fired. Using a pentaband version would’ve worked perfectly on T-Mobile and AT&T, and it’s pretty obvious that a lot of people buying unsubsidized devices are going to end up on T-Mo.
Its really HTC’s issue for not supporting the radio’s properly. Its also an LTE problem where in the past you simply looked for the GSM phone that had EU and US frequencies and you were golden.
Now with so many different LTE, AWS, GSM etc frequencies its getting tougher and more expensive to include so many radios. Oh well, first world problem indeed.
if you’re in an area where hspa+ has been refarmed to 1900 it should work. The author should know that.
“What this is means is that if you aren’t in an area where T-Mobile has LTE service, or where T-Mobile has moved its HSPA+ service onto the 1900MHz spectrum, you’ll be stuck on EDGE speeds.”
I said that.
Yes the author DID say that, confused me for a second. Because I read it a second prior to that statement.
No I will not buy a Google edition phone, period, I don’t even see the purpose of paying full price unless grandfathered in.
Tmobile LTE works out of the box on my HTC One Google Play Edition.