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#147368 17-Jun-2014 13:55
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So if the limited information i can find by searching is correct, the model
SM-G900I_SEA_XSA (Asia)
Is the one with Band 28 for 700mhz 4G?

The best source of information I can see on this is Telstra Australia confirming their model will support future Band 28 deployments. And then matching it up with Telstra (and possibly optus) seemingly supplying the SM-G900I variant.

Can anyone confirm? And if so, is this what is sold by NZ telcos?

The HTC M8 is fairly widely confirmed to support our future long range 4G band. Just wondering if the S5 will too.

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  #1067485 17-Jun-2014 14:04
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It's a good question.

I've been told the current S5 in NZ definitely doesn't support the band.

I've been told that the S5 being sold in AU supports the band (and this does seem to have been promoted by Optus).

I've also been told they're both the same model.

From that you can take your pick on what's right and what's wrong! smile

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  #1067510 17-Jun-2014 14:15
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Back home in Taiwan (where the three major mobile carriers will be launching LTE, two of which will be I think the world's first commercial LTE network running 700Mhz APT band), the S5s sold there are of the 900I variant, so its safe to say that variant supports band 28.

Assuming that is the case, I thought it's silly of Vodafone to sell S5 variant that doesn't support the APT band, unless they don't see the APT band being launched in NZ anytime soon?

Personally I am happy as Larry because I have the M8.


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  #1067517 17-Jun-2014 14:19
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Sounds to me like this might be a software/firmware thing, either with the OS or baseband perhaps, if they are indeed the same model.

In which case, perhaps is it something thats enabled by putting the appropriate software on, or is it 'locked' as such? I honestly don't know myself, so i'm not making any assumptions.

Would be nice for someone from one of the Telcos to comment, but perhaps others have useful info.

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