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LTE Frequency Bands for U.S. and Canada Mobile Carriers

Posted on 04/09/20 by Nicholas Jones

Wireless network providers all over the world use cellular frequency bands to deliver 4G LTE voice and data services to their customers. Because your mobile device is compatible with your carrier’s frequency bands, this technology enables you to make phone calls, send and receive text messages, and access the internet.

In this article, we’ve categorized LTE frequency band data by carrier to help you understand which bands are used by specific providers for 4G LTE service.

LTE Frequency Bands

Note: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Some of the regional North American mobile carriers are not listed in the LTE band frequency tables below. However, we have included the U.S. and Canadian networks that cover the majority of mobile phone users. To clarify further, we’ve listed 4G LTE frequency bands only and did not include 3G or 5G frequency bands.

LTE bands explained

The frequency of radio waves carrying mobile communications is commonly expressed by a single number measured in megahertz (MHz). Using a single number to designate frequency, however, can be misleading, because it actually includes a range of numbers. For example, 700 MHz represents frequency bands 699 to 798 MHz.

What is LTE carrier aggregation?

The bands used by mobile carriers are numbered sequentially and represent “blocks” of a frequency range. A band can be shared by several carriers, or it may be assigned exclusively to one cellular carrier.

  • For example, T-Mobile owns most of the LTE band 71 frequency in the U.S.
  • T-Mobile and Dish own most of band B71.
  • An example of a single carrier on a single band is Verizon, who owns almost all of B13 nationwide.

In addition, a frequency range may be comprised of multiple bands; for instance, 700 MHz includes LTE bands 12, 13, 17 (and more) used in the U.S. and Canada.

As you learn more about frequency bands, you may also wonder, What are the different LTE bands, and why does each carrier have more than one?

To adequately meet customers’ different needs, cell phone carriers have several bands from high to low frequencies. For example, AT&T offers a range of frequencies from 2300 MHz, which is designed for densely populated urban areas; to 700 MHz, which performs better over long distances in rural areas.

A variety of frequencies and bands are needed so each carrier can provide the best cellular coverage and capacity to all of their mobile subscribers throughout the nation.

Will my phone support another carrier’s 4G LTE frequency bands?

Each of the four major carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, use different frequency bands for their networks. Your mobile phone must be compatible with at least one band for it to work on that particular 4G LTE network. Ideally, if you want reliable cell service everywhere you go, your device should support all LTE frequency bands assigned to that carrier.

If you’re considering switching your cell service, but don’t want to purchase a new device, you may be able to change carriers if your phone works on another network. For example, if your phone is “locked,” it contains a software code from your carrier that prevents it from being used on a rival carrier’s network. It’s also important to check device compatibility, which will indicate whether you may have service or coverage issues.

The major carriers offer a simple IMEI status check tool to determine whether your cellular device supports their frequencies. First, locate your phone’s unique, 15-digit IMEI number in your phone settings. Then enter it on the following carrier-specific pages to find out whether you can connect on their network.

*T-Mobile and Sprint have merged

You can also visit the manufacturer’s website and review your device specifications to check the LTE frequency bands your phone supports. Keep in mind, newer phone models are more likely to be compatible with all four major carriers’ frequency bands.

The following LTE band frequency charts indicate which bands are used by major U.S. and Canadian carriers:

LTE Frequency Bands – U.S.

AT&T LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Bands 12, 14, 17, 29, B71

850 MHz                                        Band 5

1700 MHz                                      Bands 4, 66

1900 MHz                                      Band 2

2300 MHz                                      Band 30


SPRINT LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

850 MHz                                        Band 26

1900 MHz                                      Band 25

2500 MHz                                      Band 41


T-MOBILE LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

600 MHz                                        Band 71

700 MHz                                        Band 12

850 MHz                                        Band 5

1700 MHz                                      Bands 4, 66

1900 MHz                                      Band 2

*Note that T-Mobile and Sprint have merged and will be combining bands soon on the 2500 MHz spectrum.


US CELLULAR LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Band 12

850 MHz                                        Band 5

1700/2100 MHz                            Band 4

1900 MHz                                      Band 2


VERIZON LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Band 13

850 MHz                                        Band 5

1700/2100 MHz                             Bands 4, 66

1900 MHz                                      Band 2


BOOST MOBILE LTE BANDS

Frequency                                  Band

850 MHz                                        Band 26

1900 MHz                                      Band 25

2500 MHz                                      Band 41


LTE Frequency Bands – Canada

BELL LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Bands 13, 17, 29

850 MHz                                        Band 5

AWS                                              Band 4

1900 MHz                                      Band 2

2600 MHz                                      Band 7


ROGERS WIRELESS LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Bands 12, 13

AWS                                              Band 4

2600 MHz                                      Band 7


TELUS LTE BANDS

Frequency                                 Band

700 MHz                                        Bands 13, 17, 29

850 MHz                                        Band 5

AWS                                               Band 4

1900 MHz                                      Band 2

2600 MHz                                      Band 7


If you are looking for a specific carrier that isn’t listed above, visit the LTE frequency bands page on Wikipedia where you can find the frequency bands of most carriers around the world. If your carrier is unable to support you with reliable cellular coverage, you may want to consider purchasing a weBoost cell phone signal booster.

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