India’s Lumia 920 Is A Veritable LTE Machine With Coverage On Nine Bands

We’re well used to seeing the same phone released in different markets with changes to its radio’s frequency coverage; heck, it’s practically par for the course. Sometimes, each individual model has its band support fine-tuned to only work on a subset of all available bands; other times, often with the “global” version of a phone, we’ll see them all (or at least most of them) brought together for one handset. The latter is what we’re thinking about today, upon learning of the incredible range of frequency coverage provided by the version of Nokia’s Lumia 920 for India.

If anyone was to try to define a “universal” smartphone radio, CDMA notwithstanding, this sounds like what it would look like. Besides your normal quad-band GSM, and some very useful penta-band WCDMA for HSPA+, the Indian Lumia 920 supports 4G LTE on a whopping nine frequency bands.

This is no misprint, either; Nokia India confirmed the accuracy of the phone’s frequency support over Twitter.

We know, few users will actually need the phone to support more than a handful of those bands, but we’re still just a bit in awe of how overwhelmingly complete this list seems. Why can’t all phones be like this?

Update: Well, crap. Despite that earlier confirmation, Nokia has gone and removed those LTE bands from the phone’s specs page.

  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • WCDMA Band V (850)
  • WCDMA Band VIII (900)
  • WCDMA Band IV (1700)
  • WCDMA Band II (1900)
  • WCDMA Band I (2100)
  • LTE 700
  • LTE 800
  • LTE 850
  • LTE 900
  • LTE 1700
  • LTE 1800
  • LTE 1900
  • LTE 2100
  • LTE 2600

Source: Nokia India
Via: WMPoweruser

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