I've ordered an Elephone P8 based on the MediaTek MT6592 SoC . It's really a great deal. It works fine on my carrier, T-Mobile, for voice and text, even a little light Internet audio streaming, and "full bore" on WiFi. when I need some mobile data access I "Hotspot it" with my old HTC G2, which I keep in my bag. Which works well on the go.
As many of you probably know though, this phone's frequency coverage, doesn't allow for it to directly access one of T-Mobile US's data frequencies, namely, I think, its 4G/LTE 1700 Mhz frequency.
Now, ideally, I'd like to just slap the T-Mobile simcard in the P8 in the Elephone and have it work straight away. While the Elephone P8 itself doesn't support the frequency, the MediaTek website lists the following support for the MT6952:
Octa-core (1.7GHz or 2GHz) ARM Cortex-A7 processor
ARM Mali GPU
UMTS / HSPA+ R8 / TD-SCDMA / EDGE / LTE
Dual-band 801.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, FM receiver
Full HD display controller
16MP image signal-processor
H.265 Ultra HD video record & playback
Which makes me think, and I am, admittedly, not very experienced in these things, that the Elephone is "capable" of the frequencies, as bolded immediately above, but that they have "dumbed down" the chip via software to prevent interfering with American markets.
So my question is, is it possible to modify the firmaware to enable this/these frequnecy(ies) to enable full capabilities on the T-Mobile US networks?
I've looked at some of the available P8 ROMs, but can't determine if they are capable of expanding the device's capability to do this, or if it is possible. If anyone has any thoughts about this or, even better, has a more definitive answer, I'd love to hear it. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your time!