OnePlus 2 will include LTE band 12 support

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When it launched last year, the OnePlus One was an attractive device because it offered pretty high-end specs for a low no-contract price. Unfortunately, the One doesn’t support all of T-Mobile’s LTE bands, making it a bit less attractive to T-Mo subscribers. The good news is that it looks like the OnePlus 2 will fix that.

Several OnePlus employees recently jumped onto Reddit for an Ask Me (Almost) Anything session about the OnePlus 2. The subject of band support came up, and OnePlus revealed that the OnePlus 2 will come in a US GSM version that supports the following bands:

  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17

The question of VoLTE support also came up in the Reddit thread. The OnePlus employees said that while OnePlus’s Oxygen OS software team is working to include the feature, it’s likely that it’ll arrive post-launch as part of an OTA update.

The OnePlus 2 will make its debut on July 27, and we already know that it’ll include a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C port, fingerprint reader, and a 3300mAh battery. OnePlus has also said that the OnePlus 2 will cost less than $450. And now we know that it’ll be a bit more T-Mobile-friendly than its predecessor, too.

Sources: Reddit (1), (2)

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  • jonathan3579

    Interesting.

  • Arjun

    wifi calling?

    • Ascertion

      They said it may come via OTA in the AMA yesterday.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        I thought that was VoLTE?

        • PC_Tool

          …which was stated clearly in the article above. He was answering your question, which happens to be the first question asked in the second source link.

          Yes. WiFi calling is planned, but will, like VoLTE, probably be an OTA.

        • dtam

          “planned”

          I’ve learned to not trust manufacturers promises on their “plans”. even google took 8 months to bring wifi calling to the nexus 6

        • Mac Oh Noez

          lol, planned means they will get around to it if they have time.

        • PC_Tool

          Sorry. I’d jump into my TARDIS and get you an exact date, but my wife took it to 1942 this morning.

          “Planned” is all the information we have until it actually shows up.

  • Ascertion

    My only gripe about this phone so far is the SD 810…So far, every iteration of it has had heating issues, even on phones that are severely under-clocked. 1.8Ghz may not be enough. I’ll wait until I hear reviews of this before I give it a shot.

    • archerian

      Yeah, even though they claim its an updated v2 version, it’s still a stopgap SoC thrown together by Qualcomm to counter Apple’s 64 bit push.

  • Verizonthunder

    Yeah maybe my next phone or LG G4

    • Rob H.

      I agree the G4 is probably the best nonSamsung phone available currently.

      • Mike Thaler

        Thanks to the above news about Band 12 comiing to Bay Area, will get G4 to replace S4 once Band 12 is up and running. Think replaceable battery.

  • joemail

    It will be sht just like OPO. Support is nonexistant, but they do have a nice community.

    • Goat

      Phone is great, Support…hell no. I’ve had a ticket open for probably two months now. +1

    • ttmo

      Exactly and they think by putting it on invite only makes it more appealing!
      Price should be $199!

      • steveb944

        Get real. Not even mid range devices cost this much. This has top end specs, along with first time USB type-C which no else has here in the States yet.

    • Locust Gee

      Never had a problem in 15 years of owning a smartphone.
      My luck might run out but experience has shown odds are on my side that my OPO will last also.

      • User

        What was this ramble?

        • Locust Gee

          Rather be lucky than needing CS.

  • williejackbrainer

    I’m hoping they do not use the invite system. By the time that was lifted it was too late for me.

    • archerian

      They confirmed it will still be an invite system although they called it a “priority invite” system.

    • wmm1952

      The invitation-only phase will be shorter this time around.

  • GreatNews

    Alex please Don’t center the text its annoying and not readable

  • Rory Crabbe

    It also has band 2 LTE for more rural areas, AKA my house and a bunch of other places
    They are also implementing WiFi calling too!

  • steveb944

    Thanks for the post Alex, it’s a viable option for those that buy unlocked.

    • Mike Thaler

      Wouldn’t “unlocked” be absent wifi calling?

      • steveb944

        They said they’ll work on an update, like Google did with the N6. It may be a sign of things to come with non Tmobile handsets.

  • Joe

    My only problem is that everyone says there customer service sucks. So I guess I will have to w8 and see what the nexus 5 2015 has to offer hopefully good price cuz right now I have the s6 and it sucks. When I say it sucks i’m talking about touchwiz which is a memory hog it freezes up on me for up to 1min, I had to hard shutdown one time, it lags, and cant hold more than 3 apps at a time in memory. It seems like when they said 40% improved they ment 40% more memory usage. This is really pissing me off cuz I paid over $1000 dollars for 2 s6 phones and this is what I get. I know I went off topic but don’t flag me.

    • Don B.

      Joe you’re right about the customer service sucking. I had a broken OnePlus1 and it took 3 months to get a replacement. I would email them about the issue and they would have me reset the phone, which didn’t work. Then it took like 2-3 week to get another response to try something different to fix it. This went on for 3 months.

      • Mike Thaler

        I wouldn’t buy a phone not sold directly by TM – even a “name brand” one, which this isn’t.

    • SirStephenH

      Never buy Samsung, they focus more on adding bells and whistles than making their software usable.

      • Joe

        Yup but I unfortunately fell for there 40% better bs lie. I was also using the s2 as my phone before I upgraded so I was kinda in desperate need and the only choices were the portable oven (htc one m9) or samsung’s beast of a phone that gets bottlenecked by its shity software.

      • Aaron C

        Yeah, it seems every time I decide NOT to go with a Nexus phone, I regret it. Especially when I try a Samsung. After the Note 3, never again.

    • superg05

      there was a memory issue please install update fix and report back

      • Joe

        Yeah I know that there was a memory leak on the google android side but i’ve been running the latest 5.1.1 update for a month and It is worse than 5.0.2 and I even factory reset. Ram usage is the same multitasking got worse tho.

  • randomnerd_number38

    Oh nice, it comes out in July? Hopefully that means people will be able to buy one around February :)

  • Cam Fas

    Band 12 yet another reason apple needs to release the next iPhone with band 12 support so I can trade in my 6plus 128 gig and get a 128 gig 6plus S

  • Raiterio Patterson

    If OnePlus uses an invite system like Google did for Inbox…

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I don’t think I want to wait for the Huawei Nexus.

  • JunniJatt

    Anyone else notice 700mhz available for deployment in SF Bay Area?? :))))

    • Brian Cicalese

      How do you know?

    • JaswinderSinghJammu

      Where did you notice it? I thought the station still hasn’t moved.

      • JunniJatt

        I check everyday so finally saw it today . Concurrent operations agreement kinda like how they did in LA. Type in “tmobile 700mhz” and it tells you the spectrum holdings.

        • Mike Thaler

          THANKS!!! I had decided (Oakland) to hold on to my S4 until Band 12 became operational. In building coverage is bad, even in downtown.
          QUESTION – What would the timing normally be before Band 12 is “broadcasting’? I assume they can use existing towers for a lot of that.
          And does the term “concurrent operations mean both the TV station and TM will operate in the entire area at the same time – or will TM be somewhat restricted, geographically?

        • JunniJatt

          It means tmobile and TV station will operate at the same time. Im waiting for San Jose. We should see some towers by the time the new iPhone 6s comes out. With the way tmobile rolls out lte. I would say most of it should be complete by the end of this year. I’m always following what Neville Ray has to say. And he did say 2015 would be the year we roll out 700mhz aggressively.

        • Mike Thaler

          OK! I’ll plan on getting new phone in late fall. Right now would be G4. Not only does the phone under discussion in this thread have a fixed battery – has no expandable memory. How do you find parts and service for a low sales volume phone? At least when an S6 battery dies, some shop around either has one or can easily order a part. (Had to have charging port on S4 replaced several months ago.)

        • John Wentworth

          I’m hoping it’s aggressive in NYC and surrounding areas in NJ.

          I keep checking https://sites.google.com/site/cellularbinder/t-mobile-700a-spectrum but nothing yet, I know the deal was only signed a little over a month ago. I’m too impatient lol.

        • JLV90

          About half a year before it becomes widely available.

  • SirStephenH

    Eh. Going to hold out for the Nexus 6 (2015). It’d probably be 9 months til I could get my hands on a OPT anyways with the stupid invite system.

    • GuyAboveIsFromTheFutureMaybe

      You don’t even know that device will exist. However, the next Nexus will be a device I’ll be keeping an eye out for.

    • Kevin

      why do you have to wait 9 months to get Nexus 6???

  • steven berson

    Hope the price is $299 32gig and $349 64gig

    • izzybrexx

      Id say 350 and 400

      • Nick

        Lol I swear if they pull a $399 and $449….. (Its less than $450 still)

        • John Wentworth

          Have you every heard business people talk? Less than $450 virtually guarantees that it will be $449, for at least the high end model.

          they may very well start at $449, that is quite common after a statement like that as well.

  • Aurizen

    This is good to hear! But I’m waiting for the next iphone… It’s been a while since I upgraded AT&T iphone 5 here lol..

  • vinnyjr

    Hell of a phone. Hope the build quality is up to par with the other top devices. Don’t kill the phone with that dumb take a ticket crap.

    • williejackbrainer

      If I could have gotten my hands on the OPO, I would have never bought the Nexus 6. However, jumping through hoops to get an invite was too much and some people were selling the invites on eBay like it was gold.

      • thepanttherlady

        If I get any invites for the 2 and you’re interested just let me know. I am a moderator there too (haven’t been active much) but gave quite a few invites away the last go round. Am happy to do the same this time if given the opportunity. :)

        • Dave B

          Let me know if you get any invites this time around #PiggyBacking Thanks!

        • thepanttherlady

          Will do.

        • williejackbrainer

          I would definitely be interested and thank you for being kind enough to give them away. :-)

        • thepanttherlady

          You got it!

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I’d love to know if you have any invites that you want to get rid of too :-)

        • thepanttherlady

          You know I will :)

  • Sarah

    I am going for the Note 5 regardless.

    • Bryck

      Agreed! I will never buy another Samsung phone. Jumped from an LG G3 to a Note 4 because of band12, what a big mistake.

      • archerian

        There is a disconnect here that cannot be explained by sarcasm :)

        • Off Topic

          LOL, I enjoy reading your comments. Also, off topic, have you heard any issues with the Jump on Demand? I tried to return a device at the store And the system would not process the return and/or cancel the lease.The store had to escalate a ticket. However, it is still not resolved,,,

        • archerian

          No haven’t heard anything, sorry

  • NardVa

    The invite system will make a lot of people pass on the phone.

  • ddeiwk29

    I had bad experience with HTC M9 that came with the same CPU oneplus two is coming with. It wasn’t the heat that was the problem. The problem was the amount of throttle HTC put on the phone to prevent overheat.

  • Mike in KC

    Right now I’m most interested in this and the rumored N5 2015. I want to get the best phone I can spec wise without breaking the bank. Especially since I’ll have to buy two. No way my wife lets me upgrade my phone and not hers. Still loving the N5 so I’m not in a huge hurry.

  • Rob

    Anything with the S810 is a no go for me even if it was free…

    • Taurus Jarnes

      100% agreed. There’s too much heat on the S810. I would rather buy Galaxy Note 5 when it comes out since it is rumored to have exynos 7422.

      • Rob

        I really hate to go back to Samsung but I’ll do that before I’ll buy an S810 device. Qualcomm needs to get the 820 out sooner, rather than later.

  • I’ll pass. I’ll wait for the Lumia 940 or 940 XL. I’ll get the Lumia 735 as a backup in areas where there is no coverage so I’ll be able to use my T-Mobile phone via the Lumia 735’s hotspot. Yes, I’m being serious, but creative.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I will pass on this even with band 12 unless they get rid of invite system or sell thru T-Mobile directly.

    • smittywerbenjagermanjensen

      its time, they got rid of the invite system for the 1+2

  • shamatuu

    dont fall for the hype. Even if the phone is good. the support in terms for updates is terrible. and the invite system will kill it. I suggest wait for the Note 5, Moto phone or Nexus phones that will get updates in a timely manner.

    • Matt

      Lately, I’ve become an LG fan. LG phones seem to bridge the divide between Samsung and HTC. I’m not a fan of the clunkiness of the Samsung UI and HTC is taking a page out of Apple’s no SD card and no removable battery playbook. LG phones have a smooth interface that do not feel clunky.

      • Trey

        HTC does have expandable SD card slot. Just no removable battery.

    • Locust Gee

      Any company that sells ~1M units have got supporters.
      And putting out a second version shows that negatives you mentioned had negligible effect.

      i.e. truth in numbers doesn’t match the lies being spread.

    • Nevsky2

      It is a fabulous phone and for the money, there is no contest. Also has superior privacy controls, although OxygenOS will not. Still one can replace it with CyanogenMod and not void the warranty to get superior privacy controls.

  • Matt

    No removable battery and no SD card slot means no thank you.

    • abhishek200

      That’s how they started with the one plus one, I don’t think they’ll change. The only company that offers that on their flagship is, I believe only LG. Samsung still does it, but once the Note 5 comes out, all signs point to s6 like design.

    • nd5

      The phone easily lasts a full day with normal usage. And with a 64GB phone, removable SD should not be of a concern to most.

    • EndlessIke

      what new phones still have a removable battery in 2015?

      I see this complaint all the time, but I don’t know any phones that still have one.

      • thepanttherlady

        LG G4

        • Andrew Sands

          Jokes on you.

  • Dillion

    I am getting the Galaxy Note 5. Although Samsung phones get slow updates, I can actually trust their hardware. Plus, there’s probably going to be custom ROMs available for me to download.

    • williejackbrainer

      I gave up on Samsung after the S3. Waited too long to receive an update. I’m sticking with Nexus moving forward. Unless an OEM has quick updates such as LG and Moto.

  • Jaden Keuten

    Who can I talk to in regards to getting T-Mobile to try to purchase 700A in North Eastern MN? Particularly Carlton and St. Louis counties.

    • abhishek200

      I’m in Minneapolis, the band 12 connection is a world of difference. I went from getting 1 4G bar at work to 4 Lte bars.

  • Nevsky2

    Even more important (at least to me) than VoLTE support is whether it will support T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling. I will still get the phone, but that would be icing on the cake.