If you want to buy Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Go for LTE band 28(700) support, read this first

If you want to buy Redmi Note 7, Redmi Go, and likely any other Redmi phone, for use on a 4G LTE network that runs on LTE band 28(700), there is something you need to know before you take the plunge.

Both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go, as well as a number of other Redmi smartphones, are listed as supporting the LTE band 28(700) – also known as B28. But it appears that this is a regional thing. In other words, models sold in some countries do not support that 4G LTE band. It seems that the band is supported only in models sold in certain countries.

When I have reviewed the Redmi Note 7 earlier, I popped in a Glo 4G SIM card to test if indeed it supports that network [1]. But the phone would not connect to 4G but rather defaulted to a 3G connection. I tried it out with different Glo 4G SIM cards and at different locations just to be sure. But the verdict was clear: the Redmi Note 7 version sold here in the country does not support LTE band 28(700).

Want to buy Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go for LTE band 28?
Want to buy Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Go for LTE band 28?

I am currently reviewing the entry-level Redmi Go, which is also listed as supporting LTE band 28(700). But, again, on inserting a Glo 4G SIM card into it, all I get is a 3G connection. Clearly, like its bigger, more capable sibling, the Redmi Go version sold here does not support that network.

There is no clear statement about which versions support LTE band 28 or in which countries that support is available. I checked Xiaomi’s global website and found small print on the Redmi Go page that says “Availability may vary between markets” for LTE band 28. That is it. There is no way to tell which specific markets get what.

I dived further to examine Xiaomi’s Indian website and found that band 28 is not listed there for LTE support [2]. So it is safe to say that like Nigeria, India does not get band 28 either. There is a chance that we are getting the same version that is being sold in India.

Redmi Note 7S

Which countries get the versions with LTE band 28(700)? I have no idea. What is clear at this time is that if you want to buy the Redmi Note 7 to use with Glo 4G or with any other network that uses LTE band 28, you are on a long thing. They work well on MTN 4G, Airtel 4G, and 9mobile 4G, but not on Glo, which uses band 28.

Other than this unclear band 28 issue, both the Redmi Go and Redmi Note 7 are best in-class smartphones for anyone looking for good value for money.

Updated Info: Where to buy Redmi Note 7 with LTE band 28(700) support

Thanks to information provided by David Ajayi in the comments section, we now have more info on the specific versions to look out for, as follows:

  • Global version (without Band 28): M1901F7G is the version sold globally. The version that works with Glo 4g B28 is
  • The version that supports LTE band 28 is M1901F7H. This version is said to work with Glo 4G and can be purchased from B&H and have it shipped to you wherever you are.

Thanks, David!

References

  1. Redmi Note 7 review.
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10 comments

  1. Most phones sold in India do not support the MTN 4G band let alone Glo’s band 28 as they predominantly use same band as Airtel and 9mobile.

    1. Chingyworld,

      We will have to wait till when you are ready to buy to figure out the exact price, but the exchange rate is usually about N350-360 to a dollar. When ready, email the MobilityArena business line, business@domainstandard.com.ng, and mention this discussion. Also specifiy the model and specs you want. You will be given the going price and once your payment is made, the purchase will be processed for you.

  2. The 4GB/64GB variant supports Glo band 28. Make sure your Glo sim is 4G enabled (very important), insert it into your device and do this: Go to settings, SIM card and mobile networks, under SIM card settings select your Glo line, under mobile networks switch off automatic network discovery. Search manually for available networks. If Glo 4G is available at your location, select it and restart your device. Gd luck.

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