Blackberry Passport - LTE Bands
I am hoping that someone here might have some information that I'm having difficulty tracking down. Does anyone know which LTE bands the Passport will operate on? I'm looking for a phone with LTE bands 3 and 4 (1800 and 1700 MHz) and I'm really hoping that the Passport will be capable of this. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
- 08-15-14, 01:52 PM #2
One model of the Passport went through the FCC, and these are the frequencies they documented: LTE 700c/700b/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600
Band numbers are 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7
Last edited by raino; 08-15-14 at 02:13 PM.
Thank you for the very speedy reply. That sounds as though it will cover the required bands. If I were to purchase the Passport directly from Blackberry here in Canada would that most likely be the model that includes both bands/all the ones you have listed? My apologies if this is a dumb question, I am new to smartphones. I know that different US carriers offer phones with different bands but I'm not familiar with how it works when purchased directly from Blackberry.
- 08-15-14, 02:29 PM #4
I didn't see a single dumb question. As a prospective buyer/someone who's interested, you have every right to know.
This model looks to be made for the Americas, but we don't definitively know yet as there's been no announcement. Heck, just going through the FCC doesn't even necessarily mean it's going to be released...
So if this model comes to be released and sold by BB, it would work on any LTE networks that use the bands listed above. And the phones sold by BlackBerry (via its ShopBlackBerry online storefront) are factory unlocked too, so you can put in any SIM and go on your way.
It has been a very frustrating search. My strong preference is for a Blackberry, with an iPhone a distant second, simply because I will not get an Android. I had been looking at the Z30 but my understanding is that it operates on bands 4, 5, and 7. Many phones sold in North America do not appear to offer band 3/1800 MHz but I don't want to get a phone that won't work in the other country, which only operates on band 3.
I very much hope that it will be released...and soon! (Yes, me and hopefully at least ten million other people.) Am I correct in understanding that the current rumours have the Passport being released to market sometime around the middle to end of September? That is one of the primary reasons why I would like to buy directly from Blackberry, so that it will be unlocked and popping another SIM into it will be possible.
I'm going to really push my luck here and ask whether you, or anyone, would have an idea of what the Passport might sell for upon release, either based on rumours or educated guesses based on previous models?
- 08-15-14, 05:16 PM #7
I'm not sure when the Passport will be released, or what the price will be. I don't keep up with those rumors too much, but at least we know that one FCC cleared version of the Passport meets your needs, and that's a start.
- 08-15-14, 08:44 PM #9
But, with Sprint there's another issue: phones that can't be unlocked, like their Q10, for example. Sprint has committed to carrying unlockable phones in 2015.
- 08-15-14, 09:07 PM #10
- 08-15-14, 09:30 PM #11
GSM networks though--this model should be useable on the major GSM/HSPA+/LTE North American networks. And a lot of other countries' networks as well.
- 08-16-14, 11:22 PM #13
Even if this Passport model includes Verizon's LTE band, Verizon won't activate it on their network. They only allow devices they sold themselves (models with Verizon branding, generally) on their network. Apple doesn't allow Verizon to put their name/logo on iPhones, but the fact remains that if Verizon didn't oepriginally sell that particular unit you won't be able to use it on Verizon - compatible technology or not.
- 08-16-14, 11:39 PM #14
- 08-18-14, 10:35 AM #17
Sprints model will have 3 LTE bands in it. Band 25, Band 26, and Band 41. 1900, 800 and 2600. In which for Sprint band 41 covers from 2500-2600 mhz. Plus yes the usual 3G cdma frequencies and the usual world bands in the phone.
- 08-18-14, 07:59 PM #21
I am still hopeful that sprint will carry either the passport or the classic. But it is pretty sad when consumers have to take wild guess's at whether or not a phone will be available from a certain carrier(US).
You would think that having customers jumping ship due to the non availability of a phone would give carriers some pause for thought.
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