T-Mobile LG K30 brings support for 600MHz LTE at a low price
Before T-Mobile invested in their 4G LTE network they were known for having poor signal due to the fact that they didn’t own much low-frequency spectrum. This changed last year when the company ended up spending $8 billion to acquire 45% of the 600Mhz spectrum in an auction held by the FCC. It wasn’t until the second half of last year when they enabled their first network site that can use this spectrum, but the user still needs a device with the hardware that can support it. As T-Mobile continues to bring more network sites online, we’re starting to see more and more devices for sale that can connect to them. The latest addition will be the LG K30 which will be launching tomorrow.
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|RAM and storage||2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot|
|Ports||Micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Connectivity||600 MHz LTE, WiFi calling, HD Voice, VoLTE|
|Extras||NFC, fingerprint scanner|
|Bands||4G LTE: 2/4/5/7/12/66/71|
3G/4G (HSPA/UMTS/HSPA+): 1/2/4/5
2g (GSM, GPRS, EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900
We have obtained photos of the device and internal T-Mobile documents. The support page for the device is already live right here, but it doesn’t list all of the specs yet. The page also incorrectly says it has a USB-C port. The LG K30 won’t be on the radar of folks who want the latest and greatest, but it could make for a nice little backup device while still being able to connect to T-Mobile’s 600Mhz spectrum. We have yet to learn exactly how much T-Mobile will charge for the LG K30 (Update 5/4/18: it costs $225), but those who are on the company’s Jump on Demand program will be able to get it for zero money down. If you’re looking to pay for the device outright then we have to suspect it will be fairly cheap with the low-end to mid-range specs.
Thanks to XDA Member trix4rix for the tip!