Microsoft Lumia 640 page updated, it DOES have band 12 LTE after all

Lumia 640

Towards the end of March, T-Mobile launched the landing page for the upcoming Microsoft Lumia 640. The low-end device from the Windows-makers looks set to improve on the 635 of last year, and from my time with it at MWC, it seems to have succeeded.

One issue with the landing page, however, was that under the band support, band 12 was mysteriously left out. This was despite the fact that many of us were under the impressions that the new Lumia would support T-Mobile’s 700MHz frequency LTE band. This coincided with the same issue on the HTC One M9 page, which also forgot to include band 12 support.

Thankfully, the Lumia 640 page has since been updated. Under “International”, T-Mobile now lists LTE bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 12 and 17. As a side note, the HTC One M9 page has also been updated.

Perhaps more importantly, in T-Mobile’s online store, you can now choose to filter devices by band 2 or band 12 support. When browsing for devices, you can choose either of those two options to ensure that it has access to the best networks in your area. Check out the band 12 handsets here and the band 2 handsets here.

As for the Lumia 640, it’s still without a price point but we’re expecting it to be somewhere around the $100-$150 mark.

Thanks to _FluX23 and danrant on Reddit for the information.

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  • kev2684

    what happened to lumia 1525 though? weren’t there rumors of a 1520 refresh that would work on AT&T, VZW and T-Mo all in one model? did microsoft gave up high-end lumias already?

    • XT14N

      Those rumors were false. Wait for Build. Microsoft have stated that they are waiting for Windows 10 (Mobile) to be considered the final build before releasing flagship/high-end Lumias.

    • that_guy

      Yeah those rumors turned out to be false.

  • besweeet

    Just waiting for when we’ll see a new, high-end Windows phone…

  • jamssx1

    Told you! Always check the FCC page. It is always the most accurate info!

  • Joe

    Not that I would buy this but this is great news.

  • JLV90

    Now if they would just show us a price and then drop it to less than $100 I would be happy :)

    • eanfoso

      Man some people are never happy though

  • i’m gonna buy one just to have a Windows Phone on spare.

  • Josh

    Yes!!!!!! Take my money Microsoft!

  • Roberto Jaimes

    Out of topic but I’m seriously thinking about leaving T-Mobile for AT&T. I get awful service at work and school and my commute to both places. It’s practically useless. The data used to be very fast but now it’s so incredibly slow it’s laughable.

    • kev2684

      i recently switched to cricket (it uses AT&T towers at $55/mo 20gb data throttled at 8mbps down) and no regrets so far. i can only pay $90 for unlimited data i can’t use on both at work and home for so long… i wish to come back when they decide to buy better spectrum in my area. with the data speeds throttled it lasts even longer and i have no problem streaming in HD.

      • JLV90

        I tried to switch to them for one of my lines, but their customer support was horrible when I ran into issues never looked back.

        • eanfoso

          Yeah that’s true, but then again you hardly have to call them anyway.

    • williejackbrainer

      Does your work and school have WiFi? If you don’t mind paying more switch to AT&T. However, Cricket is a cheaper option as well.

    • AA-Ron

      Where are you located?

      • Roberto Jaimes

        Austin Texas

        • AA-Ron

          I would think reception would be great in your area. Does Austin have band 12 yet? I didn’t think it would, but it makes a world of difference in my area. Dmv

    • eanfoso

      No dude, if anything switch to Cricket, it’s att service but even cheaper than t mobile.

  • Jeffrey Wang

    The Band 12 and 2 devices links are broken. Please replace them.

  • Alex Zapata

    Now does it have VoLTE and advanced WiFi calling? I’m not seeing those on the product page but there’s no reason it shouldn’t…..

    • Roger Sales

      This is what has me extremely curious as well. We’ve yet to see a band 12 device that doesn’t or won’t support voLTE, but because of the significance of it for coverage by the end of this year moving forward, I’m thinking the answer has to be ‘yes’.

    • MKashi

      What’s ‘advanced’ WiFi Calling? Lumia 530 has regular Wifi Calling/UMA, so this one should have it too.

      • Alex Zapata

        “advanced” WiFi calling is the whole WiFi callingVoLTE transition stuff.

  • Justin Smith

    Now this makes me want to get this phone so I can have a phone with band 12 support…

    • Justin Smith

      Secondary phone*

  • WindowsPhone Pro

    If this goes on sales for $140 or less I’m going to be the first in line to get one of these babies. What time do corporate stores open up anyway, anyone know?

    T-Mobile take my monies!

    • JLV90

      10 or 10:30 am usually. I think it still varies by location though.

  • GregoryGr

    For $140 it is an instant buy for me and im coming from android. I only hope the back covers come separately as well so i will be able to change colors the way i like. It would be awesome. Anybody knows about the back covers?

    • JLV90

      You will be able to. Microsoft usually sells them.

      I don’t want to buy it right away at $140 because by christmas they are usually $50-70 from walmart target amazon etc.

      • GregoryGr

        I think the specs are just too good to pass on for such a price… Im in need of a new phone and i think i ll buy WP this time around.

        • jakematic

          You will like it a lot.
          I went from iPhone to Android to iPhone and now Windows Phone with a 635 and love it.
          My main reason to upgrade to 640 is camera flash and front camera for Skype.

        • GregoryGr

          Lets see. The main reason im buying WP phone is Cortana :P

        • Nathan

          As a real Android aficionado, I must say I feel a lot of sympathy for Windows Phone after using it for the first time on an entry phone. (8.1) For older people (clinging) to their feature phone I think it’s a no brainer. It’s the next logical step.

          Synchronization and backup is simple and easy. Maintenence free too. I think it’s better than Android in that respect.

          It just works. Android can learn a lot from Windows Phone.

        • GregoryGr

          I like light and versatile OS. Even 500gb RM WP phones are supposed to be as smooth as cream so i expect 1GB WP phones to be awesome. It appears to have poor specs in comparison to android phones but i bet it will perform better because of the OS.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    If it has a nano Sim and decent price I would buy it as a secondary phone to play with occasionally. Nexus 6 is going great for now.

    • williejackbrainer

      My Nexus 6 is great as well. However, I would like to have a backup too. I’m thinking the Moto G or E.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        If you want Moto E, I would really suggest wait will they release Moto G with LTE with a bigger screen. I had the original Moto G with LTE and it was a beast of a phone but I always felt screen was too small especially after using the Nexus 6.

    • MassDeduction

      Microsoft indicates that it’s a micro-SIM. They briefly went nano-SIM for the Lumia 1520-era handsets, then back to micro-SIM for every one since I believe.

  • Michael Perez

    Excellent. Once it becomes available it will be a good replacement for a Moto E first gen that we have.

  • Should I get it just as a temporary replacement to my Lumia 810?

    • Nathan

      It seems pretty awesome, right?

  • 100-150 bucks for this phone, but I remember seeing that metroPCS getting it for $99 dollars, so shouldn’t they be the same price since MetroPCS is basically owned by T-mobile?

    • eanfoso

      Nope never been the case man, metro pcs always has them for cheaper

  • Daniel Darnell

    Any word yet on when T-Mobile might start selling the 640?

  • Michael Barnes

    anyone know if tmobile is getting the 640xl