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Monday, August 28th, 2017 12:39 PM

Sprint Note 5 (SM-N920P) on AT&T

I am upgrading to the Note 8 and I was hoping to give my Note 5 (that I own outright) to my girlfriend who is on AT&T. I tested it out and configured the APN properly and I think all is well. There is some wonkiness is maintaining the LTE connection, though. I looked into it and it looks like there is a difference between the two models as far as the bands go.


Sprint Note 5 (SM-N920P):


2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900;
2G CDMA: CDMA800 ,USPCS1900;
3G UMTS: B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900);
3G CDMA: BC0(800), BC1(1900), BC10(800);
4G FDD LTE: B2(1900), B4(AWS), B5(850), B12(700), B25(1900), B26(800);
4G TDD LTE: B41(2500)


AT&T Note 5 (SM-N920A):


Infra: 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G LTE FDD;
2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900;
3G UMTS: B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850);
4G FDD LTE: B1(2100), B2(1900), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B17(700), B20(800), B29(700), B30(2300)

 It looks like the Sprint variant lacks B1, B3, B7, B8, B17, B20, B29, B30


I don't think AT&T heavily uses all of these bands, though. My main question is - Functionally, what type of performance should I expect? Will she get satisfactory service from AT&T despite these missing bands?

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7 years ago

Hello @ctasich!

Great question; I’m glad you asked. We are happy to address any concerns you may have.

When bringing a phone from another carrier, you will first need to make sure you contact them to get the phone unlocked from their network. Also, the device needs to work on one of these GSM network frequencies: 3G UMTS network - 850/1900MHz bands, 4G LTE network - AWS/700/850/1900MHz bands.

With the device being compatible, there is still a chance of your services not working 100%. The reason why is due to the phone being built for the Sprint CDMA network.

I hope we have addressed your questions completely. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Angelina, AT&T Community Specialist

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