Currently, the frequency landscape is complicated. Solavei has recently started changing how it uses its frequencies in some markets.
The Solavei frequency map Summer 2012 and before:
- 850 MHz - 2G and voice (roaming only)
- 1900 MHz - 2G and voice not roaming
- 1700 MHz - 3G/4G Uplink Only
- 2100 MHz - 3G/4G Downlink Only
The reason that the Solavei 1900 MHz frequency is not compatible with the AT&T phones at this point is because Solavei phones use it for 2G technologies while AT&T phones use it for 3G/4G technologies. Also, phones with just 2100 MHz or just 1700 MHz frequencies won’t work with Solavei because you need both to make a complete data loop (uplink and downlink both required).
Solavei's evolving frequency map Summer 2012-Future:
- 850 MHz – Solavei can now use this as non-roaming in some markets
- 1900 MHz – Now transitioning to 3G in markets where Solavei owns 850 MHz
- 1700 MHz 3G/4G Uplink Only (Also for future LTE rollout)
- 2100 MHz 3G/4G Downlink Only (Also for future LTE rollout)
There are some important changes from the summer of 2012 forward. The transition to 3G technology using 1900 MHz frequency in some markets means that unlocked AT&T phones will get 3G data speeds in those markets. This leads to opening up parts of Solavei's network to 3G speeds for unlocked iPhones. Solavei can do this in those markets because it can move its 2G traffic over the 850 MHz frequency, which its phones were already capable of.