Google Pixel 3 lacks support for AT&T's LTE band 30 and 14

Update: Google has confirmed missing band 30 support on Pixel 3 by saying the support will arrive soon.

Original story follows:

So Google’s new Pixel 3 series is out, and pre-orders have already begun. While that’s definitely good news for fans of Pixel phones, we have an important news for AT&T customers in the US.

While Google claims Pixel 3 “is compatible with all GSM-based networks and CDMA-based networks” in the US, there may be some intricacies that you need to know.

If you take a look at the official Pixel 3 listing on Google’s US online store, you’ll see there’s no mention of LTE band 30.

pixel3-specs

Yeah, that’s quite strange not only because band 30 is a core AT&T band, but also because the previous generation Pixel 2 offered support for this band.

pixel2-specs

Curiously, the FCC listing for Pixel 3 shows the device supports band 30.

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So either Google deliberately removed band 30 from the official spec sheet, or there’s a typo.
Why a typo seems likely is because band 32 is listed in the official Pixel 3 spec sheet, but not in the FCC listing for the device. So it could be that Google meant 30, but wrote 32 instead.

Of course, these are all speculations. The reality at this point in time is official Pixel 3 listing doesn’t list band 30, which means no support for this AT&T band in the US.

Moving on, for what it’s worth, the Pixel 3 also doesn’t support band 14, which AT&T is actively deploying in the US. More info on band 14 here.

Of course, Google never promised support for these bands, but it’d be interesting to know why the company decided not to include them in their latest flagship phones.

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Himanshu Arora

My interest in technology and writing started back in 2010. Since then, I have written for many leading publications, including Computerworld, GSMArena, TechSpot, HowtoForge, LinuxJournal, and MakeTechEasier to name a few. Here at PiunikaWeb, my work involves covering on daily basis the biggest tech stories as well as scoops that you won't find anywhere else.