Contrary to reports you may have previously read, or worse, information personally received through a T-Mobile representative, the Nokia 810 will not be getting a software update to enable its 4G LTE connectivity. The news comes just a few days after T-Mobile officially revealed its new Uncarrier contract-free plans, plus the initial switch-on of its 4G LTE network.
Just before the unusual event, T-Mobile began sending out software updates to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 devices registered on its network, enabling the high speed data connection. Some New York-based owners of the Galaxy Note 2 even got a surprise, as the network briefly tested the 4G LTE signal in the city on the day of the launch.
A similar update was widely expected to hit the Nokia 810 soon afterwards, however, unfortunately this won’t be happening. T-Mobile has issued a statement saying, “While the Nokia Lumia 810 features a chipset which provides the hardware capability to support both HSPA+42 and LTE, the device will not automatically access our LTE network, and at this time, it will not receive an update to do so.”
The Nokia Lumia 810 is a variant of the Lumia 820, which uses AT&T’s 4G network, and is a sister device to the Lumia 822, which is Verizon’s 4G LTE version of the phone. At the beginning of February it was noted the FCC approved the Lumia 810 for 4G LTE connectivity with T-Mobile, but a, “confidentiality date” of June 24 was in effect. Perhaps the update , or at the very least, more news on it, will come closer to that time?
For now though, if you want to enjoy T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network you’ll not only need to live in a certain area, but also own the aforementioned Galaxy Note 2, or an iPhone 5. The pair will soon be joined by the BlackBerry Z10, the HTC One and on May 1, the Samsung Galaxy S4.