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By BBEgo, Senior Member on 29th May 2013, 09:39 AM
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I saw a blog via Blinkfeed today saying the Galaxy S4 would support Verizon's new AWS data band.
Will our DNA be able to use it?

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29th May 2013, 02:13 PM |#2  
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That's a big no

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29th May 2013, 05:32 PM |#3  
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is the LTE radio in the DNA restricted to just the 750 MHz frequency? Because the DNA antenna can hear 1900mhz and 2100 MHz, which is the AWS frequencies.
29th May 2013, 06:04 PM |#4  
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verizon stated the S4 is the first device to support the new spectrum so no previous phone will get it and even the S4 will need a software update first
29th May 2013, 08:06 PM |#5  
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I hope the frequency change will improve the signal's ability to penetrate into buildings where I work. My service is magnificent, except for at work. There, it is positively dreadful.

Sadly, looks like it's a moot point anyway, til I upgrade to my next device.

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29th May 2013, 08:28 PM |#6  
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Right now Verizon runs on 750 mhz which which is very good at penetrating buildings. The new freq they are moving to is 1.9 ghz and 2.1 ghz which will not penetrate objects as well or travel as far through open space. The higher the frequency the bigger impact objects, trees, and distance have on your connection. But higher frequency also allows for more throughput so look for better LTE speeds

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29th May 2013, 08:40 PM |#7  
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Aww shux

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Should have bought the gs4 aye?

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29th May 2013, 08:49 PM |#8  
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I'm wondering what Big Red and HTC will have in store for us in about 6 months.

Til then (thanks to this development community), I am quite happy with this phone.
I hope that Newt, Z, Nit, Vin, Micro, Joel, and all the other great devs here stick around for a while.

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29th May 2013, 08:49 PM |#9  
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Personally I think Verizon is crazy to be giving up 750 MHz spectrum to go with 1.9 ghz and 2.1 ghz spectrum. I think they're doing it because you can place more towers in closer proximity using higher frequencies than you can using 750 MHz. The signal traveling further in 750 MHz also causes you to interfere with yourself, so by going to higher frequencies they can place more towers, which enables them to distribute the bandwidth across multiple towers.

So look for higher speed capabilities, and also more consistent speeds. It should improve the reliability if they are in fact going to put up more towers. Just don't expect to get much better performance than ATT or TMobile inside, since these are similar frequencies to what they run on.
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Personally I think Verizon is crazy to be giving up 750 MHz spectrum to go with 1.9 ghz and 2.1 ghz spectrum. I think they're doing it because you can place more towers in closer proximity using higher frequencies than you can using 750 MHz. The signal traveling further in 750 MHz also causes you to interfere with yourself, so by going to higher frequencies they can place more towers, which enables them to distribute the bandwidth across multiple towers.

So look for higher speed capabilities, and also more consistent speeds. It should improve the reliability if they are in fact going to put up more towers. Just don't expect to get much better performance than ATT or TMobile inside, since these are similar frequencies to what they run on.

They're not "giving up" anything. The AWS bands will be an overlay in congested areas.
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They're giving up frequencies in the 700 MHz band that they acquired in 2008 in an auction. I'm not saying they are doing away with 700 MHz altogether, but they are giving up channels in the 700 MHz band. Hopefully the hand off between their "AWS" and LTE network (aws just being the license name of the frequencies) will be more seamless than the hand off from 3g to LTE. Otherwise we will have 3g, LTE, and "AWS" that our phones will search for and need to jump between. Every time you enter a building you'll drop AWS, try to get LTE, may or may not get LTE, then drop to 3g...
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