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Which phone brands have Band 20 4G and VoLTE support in Nepal?

Phone brands should always look for compatibility with the networks available in Nepal. There was not much concern for 2G and 3G networks before. But with the introduction of 4G with its extended features, we keep hearing several issues on smartphones like unsupported 4G band and VoLTE network.

That’s why phone companies work closely with telecommunications companies to make sure their phone works on existing mobile networks. We have even heard of the intervention of the NTA in this affair. They could only allow the import of phones that support all the bands and features available here in Nepal. But it seems that the rules have not been enforced strictly as needed, as various phone brands still do not support all bands and VoLTE on Nepali mobile networks.

This has prevented many smartphone users from accessing 4G and VoLTE services in Nepal. We can attribute this to the lack of coordination between NTA, carrier networks and phone manufacturers. As a result, many smartphone users are in the dark about Band 20 4G or VoLTE compatibility on their smartphones.

This article here will acquaint you with the vital information about 20 4G band and supported brands in Nepal and VoLTE ecosystem. Keep reading.

20 4G band for speed and coverage

LTE band 20 is a widely used spectrum frequency for 4G mobile networks. Band 20 offers flexible solutions for operators to deploy faster speeds and good 4G coverage. In terms of frequency spectrum, LTE band 20 refers to 800 MHz which is one of the main spectrum bands used by NTC for 4G network in Nepal. Discover the NTC 4G bands.

With a 20-band 4G network, an operator can provide very fast mobile broadband while covering a wide area due to a lower frequency. The lower the frequency, the better the propagation.

Which brands support 20 4G band?

Previously, very few phone brands supported Band 20 (800 MHz), which is one of the key bands in Nepal Telecom’s 4G network. Without its support, your Ntc SIM card will not get a good 4G signal in built-up areas, basements, elevators and remote areas. It is also possible that in some cases you may not receive a 4G signal at all. Let’s discuss the brands that support this band 20.

Samsung seems to be comfortable supporting the 20 band 4G network on the majority of its phones in Nepal. Likewise, Xiaomi has steadily improved their support for this group as they want their 4G phones to work in all conditions. It is therefore very likely that all the latest Xiaomi smartphones have this support.

Apple iPhones also largely support this 4G band (800 MHz) on their hardware but were constrained on the software side. But, with the launch of iOS 14.7, Apple worked with Nepal Telecom to make their phone compatible with 20 4G band. Other brands that support band 20 in almost all phones are Nokia and OnePlus.

Apart from these brands, only a few others come with Band 20 4G support. It also looks like Chinese phone maker Vivo has just started implementing this spectrum band on its phones for Nepal.

Meanwhile, the fast-moving and fashionable Realme still doesn’t offer 20 4G band support on any of its phones. It seems they are bringing phones from India without even checking the existing 4G networks in Nepal. The same seems to apply to other Indian brands or brands that import phones from India.

Another Chinese phone maker, Oppo, is also in the same boat for their support for the 800 MHz band.

List of Phone Brands in Nepal with 20 4G Band Support

phone brand Support 20 4G band
Samsung Yes for almost everything
Xiaomi Yes for the latest phones
Apple Yes for almost everything
nokia Yes for almost everything
OnePlus Yes for almost everything
Long live Very little
real me Any
Oppo Any
Indian brands Any
Telephones imported from abroad Couldn’t work for some
Phone brands in Nepal that support 4G band 20

Besides 20 4G band, VoLTE has also been an elusive feature for many 4G users in Nepal. The unique technology makes voice calls possible over the 4G network. However, the tech has only found a limited number of handsets to work with, which leaves a lot to be expected. What is VoLTE, how to use it and the list of its compatible devices can be found below.

VoLTE brings voice calls to 4G

VoLTE or Voice over LTE is a 4G-based mobile technology that brings high definition voice calls over the fourth generation cellular network. 4G is a mobile broadband technology and does not have native support for calls. When a caller dials a 4G number, the smartphone connects to the 3G or 2G network to make the calls.

Check the detailed information about Ntc VoLTE.

However, with VoLTE enabled on the SIM card and the device, a user can make calls and enjoy high-speed broadband simultaneously. NTC has launched its VoLTE service with great joy with support on select handsets. Gradually, the phone company adds more phones to its support with the deployment of software patches.

Which brands support VoLTE in Nepal?

Similarly, for VoLTE, it seems that most phone brands have worked with telecommunications companies to support it. At present, only Nepal Telecom has VoLTE over-the-air network and phone brands need to customize their phone software for VoLTE over-the-air network. For this, they sit down together to come up with the software update and several tests to finally release it.

Do not miss: the main features of the VoLTE service; Instant call setup, video calls

Like Band 20, Samsung is also comfortable in this regard as all of its new phones are compatible with Nepal Telecom’s VoLTE. Previously there were some issues with VoLTE in Samsung phones which are already resolved. Similarly, Xiaomi also supports VoLTE in almost all of its phones, while Mediatek powered phones have yet to be supported. And Nokia also supports VoLTE in its Qualcomm-powered phones.

Apple iPhones now also work smoothly with Ntc VoLTE, thanks to the same update that also brought band 20 to high-end phones. The latest brands to support Ntc VoLTE are Oppo, Vivo, ZTE and Oneplus for a few selected devices.

List of phone brands with VoLTE support

Phone brands VOLTE Support
Samsung Yes for almost everything
Xiaomi Yes for Qualcomm powered phones
Apple Yes for almost everything
nokia Yes for Qualcomm powered phones
OnePlus Only one for now (Oneplus Nord CE)
Long live Very little
real me Any
Oppo Very little
Telephones imported from abroad Will not work due to different software
Phone brands in Nepal with VoLTE support

After discussing all the above in detail, we still might have missed a few small brands that support both 4G features. So, please let us know if your phone supports Band 20 4G and VolTE in the comment below. This will help us gather more brand information for 4G features.

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