Is the UK Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE compatible?
This question has been causing a bit of confusion since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This is understandable as even the official Samsung site doesn’t make it particularly clear that there are two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note II that we will be available to buy in the UK.
The version of the Galaxy Note II that we are selling is the SIM-free/unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100), which is also referred to as the ‘International’ Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is not LTE compatible. It works on the following GSM and 3G frequencies:
GSM:850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G/HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
The SIM-free version that we are selling is also available with a contract from various UK networks. Again, this will only have 3G capability, not 4G/LTE.
Earlier this week, Everything Everywhere announced that it will have the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) available to buy on contract from October 15th. This is different to the SIM-free/3G version that we are selling. So far there has been no mention as to whether or not the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE will be released SIM-free in the UK, although it is unlikely at this stage.
So to recap, there are two different versions of the Note II that are available in the UK:
The ‘3G Samsung Galaxy Note II’ (GT-N7100)– available now from Clove SIM-free and from various networks on contract.
The ‘4G/LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note’ (GT-N7105), that is available from Everything Everywhere only (in the UK).
LTE will only be available in certain cities initially, so unless you are located within an area that will receive LTE coverage, you should consider the SIM-free/3G version as this will be the cheaper option.
Please note that this information applies only to official UK stock.