Comparing the original AWS and B66 are comparing apples and oranges. T-Mo's initial 3G band is AWS and only AWS; without it there will be no 3G support and you will be forced to connect as 2G only (only later they refarmed some of the 1900 to 3G). However, B66 is not exclusive for T-Mo; without it customers can still connect with other bands that are widely supported.wearysky wrote: ↑Apr 3rd, 2017 10:16 amThis is the exact same argument people had about the original AWS band when it came out. "Nobody has it yet, it's not implemented anywhere, why would they support it?" - it costs basically nothing to add another supported band as long as the chipset supports it, so why *wouldn't* companies start supporting it now that there's a potential customer base in the millions (regardless of the percentage that that represents, it's still millions of people) that will be able to use it in the next year or so? Marketing departments LOVE being able to tout new features, particularly in this day and age of annual incremental flagship spec bumps.
Second, it does not cost "nothing". Phone's antenna needs to be modified to work on the particular frequency. Testing and certification cost money. Do you think Apple modified iPhone 5 to support AWS HSPA as a guesture good will without some "confidential agreement" with T-Mo?
I'll give you an example: Nexus 4. It is not advertised as LTE capable but people found out that it can connect to LTE. If it does "cost nothing" to add a band, why wouldn't LG or Google do it?
As I said previously, it's great that GS8 - a 2017 phone - to support B66 on Freedom, but without it it's not the end of the world - maybe for a Freedom Mobile customer it is. In 2018, when the band is more widely deployed, then the story will probably be different.