Friday , October 20 2017

Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Moto X (2014) enables LTE Bands 3, 5 & 7

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The Motorola Moto X launch has been delayed here in Australia, making the temptation to import a ‘Pure Edition’ Moto X from the US, possibly with some Moto Maker customisations, quite attractive. The wait for a promised software update to enable LTE Bands 3, 5 & 7 on the phone, making the handset usable in Australia has apparently ended. Users trialing the Android 5.0 Lollipop soak test for the Moto X (2014) in Australia have seen the phone now attach to the Optus LTE network.

Ausdroid reader Shane imported a Moto X (2014) model XT1095 from the US through a friend, happy to use it on the 3G/HSPA networks until the promised update to bring Australian friendly LTE bands to the phone arrived. When Motorola announced a soak test for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the phone over the weekend, Shane managed to get a hold of the software and updated his handset and is happy to report that LTE is now working on his phone, advising :

Straight on and in 4.4.4 it showed 4G but was actually HSPA+ (expected due to US marketing HSPA+ as 4G) with Speedtest results of 10-13 Mbps. Now with 5.0 it is connecting using LTE and speedtest is giving 20-36 Mbps.

For their part, the official release notes – which were published and then pulled quite quickly – don’t mention the updated LTE bands. But it’s hard to ignore the anecdotal evidence Shane has provided.

A quick run-down on the LTE bands involved: The Moto X (2014) XT1095 comes with LTE Bands: 02(1900MHz), 04(1700MHz) and 17(700MHz (b/c)), unfortunately none of these are compatible with our LTE networks, with the Optus and Telstra 700MHz network using Band 28 as opposed to the Band 17 on this phone. The update to the Moto X brings Bands 03(1800MHz), 05(850MHz) and 07(2600MHz), Band 3 of course is used by all three carriers throughout most of Australia and Vodafone are currently planning to refarm their 850MHz 3G network over to LTE, making the phone quite attractive to import.

In theory, this is a pretty tempting offer for many people out there. Of course you have to get the phone to Australia, and Motorola hasn’t officially acknowledged the update includes the LTE support.

Update:
Shane kindly provided a screenshot of a speed test on his Moto X from Castle Hill :




Are you thinking of importing a Moto X (2014)?

 
Thanks: Shane.

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42 Comments on "Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Moto X (2014) enables LTE Bands 3, 5 & 7"

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Michael McGuire
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Michael McGuire

So do people think that it is better to get the Pure Version or the GSM version from the US motomaker? Monday they are having a sale 140 off – starting price of $350

xristo
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xristo

Don’t bother trying to get one from moto maker US. I’ve tried a couple of times. Last attempt I used my partners amex as I read these have been accepted. But I soon got an email telling me the order is hold, and I have to call them. I emailed customer support to tell them just to cancel it, but they replied I have to actually call them.

Not worth the trouble

Franco
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Franco

Ok to buy from Moto US using Auspost then?

11pts
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11pts

So tempting to just buy it from the states, especially after Aust Post introduced Shopmate to set up a Us address. If you buy a 16gb model you’re saving a good 70 bucks

M Brandon Lee
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M Brandon Lee

wow, our speeds suck in the US

NoTitsrly
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NoTitsrly

the US tend to suck

Morgan Jackson
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Morgan Jackson

So this update means the phone will now work on Telstra 4G?

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Yes it will. Telstra use band 3 (1800) for LTE so you should see similar speeds to what I’m getting on Optus.

dave
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dave

Where you part of the soak test or did you side load the update? Any tricks or guildance would be appreciated.

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I’m in the soak but was impatient and side loaded. Follow the guide on XDA (page 5 from memory has the adb side load steps). Make sure you have never been rooted or you’ll have issues.

Morgan Jackson
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Morgan Jackson

Thanks Shane! just ordered one

Fiddle Castro
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Fiddle Castro

Ordered from where and how?

Fiddle Castro
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Fiddle Castro

Ditto to what @riazo said

riazo
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riazo

Where did you order one from? I’m hoping to get one now that it will work in Aus (I assume I should be good to go with Optus)

kin
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Daniel can u tell Motorola to bring there damn devices to Australia and stop playing the game of “when are we going to get it” before they become irrelevant again

Duncan_J
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Duncan_J

Dame you Moto X 2014, why no wireless charging.

aryonoco
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aryonoco

A 4G phone in Australia should really support 3, 5 and 28. If you are with Optus, you need band 40 as well. Anything less is just, sub-optimal.

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