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    How important is Band 30?

    People who have access to Band 30: How important do you consider it to be?

    I'm asking because the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 12.9", while being current-generation iOS devices, do not support Band 30; the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro 9.7" do support Band 30. As such, if Band 30 makes your AT&T experience different like night and day, that should be a major influence on purchase decisions.

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    Personally, I'm struggling with deciding between the iPad Pro sizes. AT&T is very congested in some parts of my area (Hampton Roads, major market). If Band 30 is running here (I have no way of knowing), it could alleviate my data slowness problems to get the smaller iPad Pro, which supports Band 30 LTE. However, the screen size of the larger iPad Pro is much better for the heavy-duty work for which I want to use an iPad. The 9.7" tablet would be quite cramped for my use case.

    Potentially slower data, or definitely smaller screen… hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyz7365 View Post
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    Exactly. I get around 1 or 2 Mbps down in the problem areas with a device that doesn't support Band 30.

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    Honestly at this point if I were buying a brand new device to use on AT&T I wouldn't buy one without B30. Id say it's pretty important. Maybe not yet but as it gets built out further it will become more so.

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    No band 30.

    We don't have B30 deployed here (Dallas) yet though. Speeds have definitely slowed down over the past 6 months.

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    B30 can make a nice difference. Any new phone I get to run on att will have it. A friend was getting 3 down non b30 and with the upgraded phone the congestion was much better with over 80 down. The only difference was a phone with b30, same spot so in his case it made a nice difference.
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    It is imperative to have a device with not only 30 but 29 as well.

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    Especially if you live in a major market I'd avoid a new device without band 30.

    If I lived where my parents lived, rural VA I wouldn't even care about band 30 or 29 as that area will probably never see those bands deployed. And it's not like it's needed to begin with, where I can pull 85 down anytime of day.

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    If you live in a congested AT&T market, it's likely very important, especially short term. But ultimately, as more and more devices get that band, band 30 speeds will slow/even out as more devices start using it. There's nothing magical about band 30; it's just 10x10 LTE like 700MHz and 1900MHz LTE. It indirectly helps customers without band 30, too, since it puts devices on band 30 instead of using the other bands.

    If you live in a non-congested/rural? market, I'd argue you're fine without band 30 as long as you have carrier aggregation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GusHerb94 View Post
    Honestly at this point if I were buying a brand new device to use on AT&T I wouldn't buy one without B30. Id say it's pretty important. Maybe not yet but as it gets built out further it will become more so.
    Exactly. Just like I have always made sure I had band 2 and band 5 in my devices in the past, band 29/30 is also a must for my next device.

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    B30 is a given at this point, especially if you plan to go to any major metro area with your new AT&T device.
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    Yeah I figure that non Band 30 devices should see some congestion relief in areas where Band 30 is built out along with more and more devices connecting to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiseguy321 View Post
    B30 is a given at this point, especially if you plan to go to any major metro area with your new AT&T device.
    Most major markets don't have B30 deployed yet, so I think it's necessity in your post is a bit of an overstatement. The key is you have to be an area where B30 is deployed, or will be deployed, before the phone gets upgraded.

    B30 isn't like T-mobile's B12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2400zr View Post
    B30 isn't like T-mobile's B12.
    What? of course, it is.

    Even when B12 was in a handful of markets, the magenta apologists blamed every performance issue on the lack of B12 and the lack of B12 support on whatever phone. Hell, they still do it now.

    They can't have it both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiseguy321 View Post
    What? of course, it is.

    Even with B12 was in a handful of markets, the magenta apologists blamed every performance issue on the lack of B12 and the lack of B12 support on whatever phone. Hell, they still do it now.

    They can't have it both ways.
    You will still get a signal without B30. Without B12 you may not get a signal. Even with B12 you still may not get a signal, that's just how T-mobile's network is.

    B30 is just adding a capacity layer to help with congestion.

    I wouldn't pay too much attention to T-mobile users though.

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