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Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Awakening The Sleeping Giant (T-Mobile LTE)

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You can get the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with many carriers in the US with all the bells and whistles clearly listed on the specs sheet.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE may be activated via OTA update next year

However with T-Mobile the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a hidden surprise, by way of hardware support for LTE. TheVerge reports that the device has the same hardware as the AT&T version which comes with LTE support, however at the moment LTE is not available on T-Mobile. T-Mobile says that they will have LTE rolled out in full swing towards the end of 2013 and that leads to the question of whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will support it. As the source points out, the answer from T-Mobile is yes it will, but there are some caveats.

T-Mobile has said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features a Qualcomm 9215M chipset which provides the hardware capability to support both HSPA+ 42 and LTE. However the Galaxy Note 2 will not automatically access T-Mobile’s LTE network when it launches.

This means that they are planning for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to work on their LTE network once it is in place however the device will not automatically work on the network and it will need to be “woken up” with an update to the software.

The road is going to be a particularly long one and there could be bumps along the way. On the plus side, T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users will at least get something back for the $70 premium that they will have paid, when you compare the cost of the device on other carriers.

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