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Reports are widespread that Nokia's latest Windows Phone 8 flagship phone Lumia 920 will finally get released in the Indian market by January 2013. However, at the same time, reports are also swirling in the tech media world that the Finnish phone vendor will release the smartphone supporting nine different frequency bands including LTE 700, 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, and 2600, however, Lumia 920 will not support 4G network in India.
Reportedly, the 4G network in India works at a 2300 MHz frequency band, which is not supported by Nokia's latest device, despite the fact that it supports 9 other LTE frequency bands.
The Finnish cell phone giant has mentioned on its website that the device is only compatible with data networks like HSUPA (3G), HSPA+ (3G), EDGE/EGPRS (2G), GSM (2G), FDD-LTE (4G), WCDMA (3G), and HSDPA (3G). Hence, Lumia 920 will not support 2300 MHz, which makes use of TD-LTE.
This leaves prospective buyers of the phone in doubt as they may not be able to enjoy ultra-speed downloads on their phones or not as the company has confirmed the information listed in the website and also rules out any possibility of 4G in India. Currently, 4G facilities are available only in a few cities in India while 3G is still trying to catch up in many parts of the country.
India and China uses Time Division Duplex (TDD) network for LTE and it is not a commonly used format among manufacturers. The manufacturers do not design phones compatible with the TDD network.
Currently, Huawei Ascend P1 is the only smartphone available in the country which remains compatible with India LTE band. Phones working on 4G in India still remain a far-fetched idea and hopefully things will see a better turn if the telecom industry and mobile manufacturers work towards this.