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Redmi 2 Not Compatible with Smart LTE

We have a review unit and unfortunately LTE isn't working on Smart :(
We have a review unit and unfortunately LTE isn’t working on Smart 🙁

Doesn’t work with Smart’s LTE Network

The highly anticipated budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi 2 is scheduled for release this coming April 28. There’s definitely a lot of buzz about this device because it pretty much gives you everything you need in a smartphone for just Php5,999. This includes a fantastic fully laminated display, an above average camera, reasonably powerful internals, and LTE connectivity (PLUS DUAL SIM!).

However, it’s not for everyone. To be specific, it’s not for primary Smart subscribers because the RedMi 2 only supports the 1800 LTE band which is the one used by Globe. They don’t support the band used by Smart. We confirmed this ourselves with the review unit that we have. No matter what we do or try we’re just stuck at 2G, 3G, and HSPA+. Never LTE. Sad.

From Smart’s website:

Can’t find your device on the list? SMART LTE supports phones and devices that are LTE Band 1 2100/mhz. Please contact your phone’s manufacturer.

From GSM Arena’s spec sheet of the Redmi 2:

4G bands: LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Xiaomi RedMi 2 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.7-inch HD IPS display with OGS and AGC Dragontrail Glass protection, 1280 × 720 resolution
  • 8GB of storage, expandable via micrOSD up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, USB OTG
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • Li-Ion 2,200mAh battery
  • 134 x 67.2 x 9.2mm

Our full review of the RedMi 2 should be up by the time it launches on the 28th so please do watch this site for more news and updates.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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18 Comments

    1. Officially, Smart didn’t push bands 3 and 5. Your link is way back 2012. Sir Carlo Ople quoted the official LTE band used by smart which is Band 1. No other bands.

  1. no worries, since LTE here in the Philippines is full of crap. the LTE speed can be matched by HSPA+. thanks for the info guys.

  2. Did you load it with LTE 50? mine can never catch LTE without loading it to that bundle pack 😛

    well it’s not really a big deal anyways, since Smart capped the LTE speed to 2mbps ;P

  3. Wala kayong pakinabang sa LTE ng Smart pero ako MERON. malaki ang pakinabang ko jan. meron akong Smart LTE bug sim na walang CAP at FUP. inienjoy ko for free @ 0 pesos per day or 10 pesos per month. wag nyo sabihing useless ang LTE. sa inyo lang yun useless kasi di kayo benefited sa service na naeenjoy ko currently.

    1. Haha, walang silbi daw. kc karamihan ng cps, hindi LTE-capable at kahit saksakan nyo pa yan ng LTE SIM, di gagana. Alam nyo nmang limited pa ang area ng LTE coverage, why bother? As for me, my connection at home is 4G LTE router with external antenna at nagkataon nman na may LTE coverage sa lugar namin. It works fine and I am satisfied kc load ka lang ng P50, register LTE 50 to 2200, 5 days na yan na unlimited Internet connection. As for the Redmi 2 issue (daw), I have read that Smart uses the following LTE Bands:
      Band 1 – 2100 MHz
      Band 3 – 1800 MHz
      Band 5 – 850 MHz
      Source: http://technoodling.net/smart-lte-now-runs-on-band-1-band-3-and-band-5/
      Redmi 2 supports FDD-LTE
      – Band 3 (1800 MHz)
      – Band 7 (2600 MHz)
      – Band 8 (900 MHz)
      That means, Redmi 2 will still work with Smart LTE using LTE-capable SIM. But the question is, are you in an area where there’s a strong LTE signal? See Smart’s LTE coverage and location: http://smart.com.ph/bro/lte/coverage

  4. Eventhough it’s compatible, I am not going to buy coz ram is still 1gig. Hirap ito sa miui os. Want to upgrade my redmi 1s pero not with this phone. They should have bring in the 2gig version lte. Sayang.

    1. Yup. One reviewer were complaining about the 1gb ram because of its ram heavy miui os and its poor memory management.

  5. when purchasing a smartphone, importante talaga na malaki ang RAM. 2 gigs of them is already ok.Pero wag ka bumili ng phone with 1GB ram. youll experience a lot of force closes epecially when web browsing(opening multiple tabs). Problema din sa multitasking. Mag soslowdown na yung system when running multiple apps. Parang nasasakal ang cp mo tas nahihirapan huminga kapag 1GB lang yung Ram. hehe. Ganda na talaga sana eh. Deal breaker lang talaga ang 1gb ram sa xiaomi redmi 2

  6. I have a pretty stupid question. I have just recently got a Redmi 2A and I wanted to use my Smart Sim Card. We replaced our old Simcard directly with a new one, but we never were able to receive ANY internet when data was enabled. Second we had tried to use a Simcard from our LTE Pocket Wifi that had a unlisurf subscription. In Pocket Wifi it worked flawlessly, but when in the Redmi 2A again no Internet. What am I doing wrong? I had tought that simply turning on Data would be enough. Even if LTE speed wouldn’t be possible and just 3G (whats enough for Facebook imo) … but we have nothing… is there any trick to it?

  7. Bought a new Smart Sim card today labelled “LTE Prepaid SIM Triple Cut”.
    Tested on Mi4i that supports LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) and didn’t get LTE just H+

    Borrowed a Samsung Note 3 N9005 that supports LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) and it displayed 4G/lte.

    Also borrowed a globe postpaid and it displays 4G on both phones.

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