Does your phone support T-Mobile's Extended Range and VoLTE? This app will tell you if it does

Back in August, T-Mobile celebrated winning 45% of the 600MHz low frequency airwaves that the FCC put up for auction. The carrier spent nearly $8 billion to win all that spectrum. Combined with T-Mobile’s previous ownership of 700MHz spectrum, the carrier markets both low frequency bands as its Extended Range LTE service. T-Mobile, the leader in the industry when it comes to marketing, reveals that its Extended Range airwaves travel twice as far and penetrate buildings four times better than other frequencies.

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, your handset must be compatible with these bands …


MediaTek announces new Helio P23 and P30 chipsets with dual VoLTE support

As expected, chipset maker MediaTek unveiled its new lineup of SoCs, which will be available starting Q4 2017: Helio P23 and Helio P30. Although both will be certified for global use, the Helio P30 SoC will be limited to China initially.

Both SoCs feature octa-core Cortex-A53 processor architecture, which might seem a bit obsolete even for mid-range chipsets. Even though they are iterations of the Helio P20 and P25 CPUs, the upgrade consists of new features and better IP blocks rather than just small speed bumps.

For example, both Helio P23 and P30 octa-core …

OnePlus 2 is getting OxygenOS 3.5.9 update that fixes a pesky VoLTE bug

By now it’s clear that OnePlus 2 will never be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, despite the fact that its hardware would probably run the new OS pretty smoothly.

OnePlus confirmed not long ago that it will discontinue support for the OnePlus X and OnePlus 2, which automatically means that there will never be an Android Nougat update for either of the two smartphones.

However, it looks like the Chinese company had one more thing to offer to its fans who bought the OnePlus 2. If you are one of those customers, then you’ll be happy to know OnePlus has just released …

BLU R1 HD update brings T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12 support for non-Prime customers

BLU released a maintenance update for the R1 HD back in November, which would enable support for T-Mobile VoLTE and Band 12. However, the update was only available to Amazon Prime exclusive version of the smartphone.

Today, more than seven months after the initial release, BLU allows customers who purchased the standard R1 HD model to download and install the update.

The official changelog mentions the update adds the VoLTE client for T-Mobile and Band 12 support, as well as the Android Security Updates. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what security patch the …

Moto G5 Plus won't call 911 when using Verizon's VoLTE

If you’re a Verizon subscriber rocking the Moto G5 Plus, better hope that you don’t have an emergency while using Big Red’s VoLTE service. A bug is preventing the Moto G5 Plus from dialing the 911 emergency number when attempting to make the call over LTE. Motorola/Lenovo has come clean, admitting that there is a software glitch that is preventing Verizon subscribers from summoning emergency help with this specific phone. Again, this is only happening on VoLTE.

While Motorola/Lenovo says that it is working on a fix for the issue, turning off VoLTE will eliminate the problem for now. Matt, …

New Xperia X Concept build re-enables VoLTE, adds X-Reality for videos

It looks like Sony is releasing new Xperia X Concept builds on a weekly basis. One week ago, the Japanese company delivered a new Glove mode, and a newer version of the camera app to those running Concept builds.

Today, a new release is available for Xperia X users who like to mingle with the phone’s software. The latest build brings X-Reality for videos, a feature that’s been available on Xperia smartphones, but was missing from the Concept firmware.

Sony also announced that the latest update should re-enable VoLTE support, which was removed in previous builds due to some issues. …