AT&T owners who were hoping for a little T-Mobile G2x action on their network will be disappointed to know that the LG smartphone won’t support AT&T’s 3G bands. We initially thought it would, but the carrier decided to clarify the device’s specs. While it is a quad-band device, those bands won’t support AT&T’s HSPA+ network.
Engadget received the following statement from T-Mobile:
The T-Mobile G2x fact sheet, attached [PDF link], contains accurate information. The T-Mobile website is incorrect and we’re working to correct it. The G2x supports 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for 2G/GPRS only, and supports 3G/4G UMTS/HSPA+ bands I and IV. The G2x does not support AT&T’s 3G bands. This banding is hardware based.
It’s a bit of a shame, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles. The T-Mobile G2x is one hot Android device, arguably the best one on the market, and I’m sure the last thing T-Mobile wants is for folks to pick up the vanilla Android device and start using it on AT&T’s network and reap full 3G benefits.
You really can’t blame T-Mobile, but it might be disappointing for plenty of users nonetheless. If you’re considering one for use on the T-Mobile network, however, be sure to check out our full review of the Android device here.