The LTE Bands. All of them, or as many as I can get. That’s my minimum requirement for every phone I buy from here on out.
This Canadian was still with WIND Mobile when he first experienced LTE on a rented mobile hotspot in Japan; after that, nothing less would do. But there was a problem: the Nexus 4 that would go on sale at the end of that year had no LTE support—at least not officially. The Nexus 5 that I purchased in late 2014 came with an LTE radio, but only for the Americas; to this day I’ve yet to experience LTE data in Hong Kong, my other favourite Asian tech utopia.
Fortunately our pair of OnePlus Ones support both European and Asian bands of LTE, so using the UK’s Everything Everywhere network in transit to our summer holiday was just like using our phones at home. Which is exactly the way it should be.
If I remember my recent smartphone history correctly it was the iPhone 6 that was hailed as the first smartphone with global LTE support. Check out dem bands:
iPhone 6, 6 Plus (GSM version)
LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29
Google must have been paying attention to this, and added more LTE bands to their 2014 Nexus offering:
Nexus 6 (universal version…?)
LTE Bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
And so here we are in mid-2015, where even mid-range Android phones have better and wider LTE support:
ASUS ZenFone 2 (US version)
LTE Bands 2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/2600MHz(7)/900MHz(8)/700MHz(17)/800MHz(20)
OnePlus 2 (North America version)
LTE Bands 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17
Moto G GSM (XT1540)
LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17
Oh, um… nevermind about the Moto G. 😛
So my personal requirements for a phone is one with support for LTE data anywhere in the world where LTE data is offered. But that’s just me. How about you?