Here's how I got LTE to work on this phone on AT&T after having to get a brand new AT&T nano-SIM. My previous phone was an official AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4, which used a micro-SIM. Inserted my new nano-SIM intoto an official AT&T iPhone. This somehow got the SIM "registered" with the AT&T network. I also ensured that I got LTE on the AT&T iPhone with my new AT&T nano-SIM. Then I put the SIM back in my SM-G930F and bingo! AT&T LTE started working just like that! This was the first time I put a brand new AT&T SIM in an unlocked device. Previously, the AT&T SIM was already used in an official AT&T device before putting into unlocked devices
The logo should say "LTE" on it. This equates to AT&Ts "4G LTE" logo. The equivalent of AT&T "4G" is "H+" on the International Version. When I make calls with my phone the network drops to "H+" and with my AT&T official Galaxy S4, the logo changed from 4G LTE to 4G while making calls. The reason is that AT&T VoLTE (Voice over LTE) is not supported by the Galaxy S7 SM-G930F. Samsung Pay doesn't work on SM-G930F either.
AT&T LTE band 17 and band 2 are the most common LTE bands that show up on my phone. I have this information via the free LTE Discovery app. I can't remember seeing any other AT&T LTE bands.
I have it in a Caseology case. They make some good cases! Envoy Series- Classic Rich Texture Leather- Leather Cherry Oak- Luxury Slim. Model number CO-GS7-ENV-CH. I dropped the phone a few times when I was in Europe and the phone survived with no scratches.
Here's a speedtest.net result on AT&T in Portland Area:
|March 17, 2017||Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F|
|Kernel Version||3.18.14-10422490 dpi@SWDD3013 #1|
|Build Number & PDA/AP||NRD90M.G930FXXU1DQB7|
|December 26, 2016||Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F|
|Kernel Version||3.18.14-9689434 dpi@SWHD7406 #1|
|Build Number & PDA/AP||MMB29K.G930FXXU1BPLB|
|November 28, 2016||Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F|
|Kernel Version||3.18.14-9519568 dpi@SWDD6621 #1|
|Build Number & PDA/AP||MMB29K.G930FXXU1BPK3|
|KNOX Version||KNOX 2.6|
|November 25, 2016||Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F|
|Kernel Version||3.18.14-8888212 dpi@SWDD6801 #1|
|Build Number & PDA/AP||MMB29K.G930FXXS1BPJB|
|KNOX Version||KNOX 2.6|
Very eagerly waiting for the Android Nougat update for this phone. That should arrive before the rollout of Nougat by American carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is a more rugged version of the Galaxy S7 that is exclusive to AT&T in the United States.
The main reason I got the international version in early June 2016 was because I wanted a phone with a great camera when I traveled through Europe for 7 weeks. I also wanted an unlocked smartphone so that I can use when I was in Europe. The S7 international version (SM-G930F) checked both boxes. My first stop was Amsterdam and I went to the Vodafone retail shop there and got a Vodafone prepaid SIM for €15 for 30 days. The plan was called Vodafone You XL. It included data roaming in almost all European countries which included all the ones I was going to. Everything started working flawlessly right away! Total data was 2GB in the Netherlands and 1GB outside of the Netherlands.
The particular device that I own is manufactured in Vietnam. The following text appears on the back of the phone: DISEÑADO Y DESARROLLADO POR SAMSUNG FABRICADO EN VIETNAM
As you all probably have heard, Samsung has discontinued production of the Galaxy Note 7 because of the unexplainable and apparently unfixable fires related to the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. This has major implications on the smartphone market as a whole. For Samsung, what this means is the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the flagship models until the next Galaxy S series debuts next year. What this also means is Samsung has to make sure the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge customers are kept happy. In my opinion, one way Samsung can do this is by ensuring that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge receive software updates often, specifically Android Nougat. Also, to get new customers more incentive to go with the S7 or S7 Edge, the Android update needs to happen quickly. The holiday season is fast approaching and if the best smartphone Samsung has to offer is lagging months behind when it comes to Android version. I hope the impact to personnel is minimal and Samsung rather re-allocates resources to keep S7 and S7 Edge software up-to-date. This will be one way to regain the trust of Samsung loyalists and credibility in the premium Android smartphone market. The latest update my SM-G930F has is G930FXXU1BPHJ. I would expect the first Samsung Galaxy S7 model to get the Android Nougat update would be the SM-G930F or the Edge variant as those are handled directly by Samsung. The major American mobile carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Sprint also have an obligation to update their respective models with the Nougat update as soon as possible because their holiday season offering plans were completely upended by the discontinuaution. The impact won't be as severe as it would be on Samsung obviously.
Here is a table of differences. This data is compiled from multiple sources such as gsmarena.com and frequencycheck.com. This table also has information publically provided as part of the specifications of Exynos 8890 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Thank you to the people who worked on getting the information. Device functionality differences are in bold
|SM-G930A AT&T Galaxy S7||SM-G930F Galaxy S7 International model|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa|
|Modem Max capability||Qualcomm X12 LTE Category 12 downlink and Category 13 uplink modem||Samsung LTE Category 12 downlink and LTE Category 13 uplink modem|
|Modem Actual Implementation||LTE Cat9 450 Mbps Uplink and 50 Mbps downlink||LTE Cat9 450 Mbps Uplink and 50 Mbps downlink|
|Carrier lock status||Locked to AT&T; Can be unlocked via AT&T||Unlocked and usable with any GSM carier|
|CDMA compatible?||Yes, but needs to be carrier unlocked via AT&T||No|
|LTE Advanced||Yes on AT&T; questionable on other carriers||Yes, but depends on carrier support|
|Carrier Agregation||Yes on AT&T; questionable on other carriers||Yes, but depends on carier support|
|Voice over LTE (VoLTE)||Yes on AT&T; questionable on other carriers||Yes, but depends on carier support|
|LTE Band 1||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 2||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 3||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 4||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 5||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 7||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 8||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 12||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 13||No||Yes|
|LTE Band 17||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 18||No||Yes|
|LTE Band 19||No||Yes|
|LTE Band 20||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 25||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 26||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 28||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 29||Yes||No|
|LTE Band 30||Yes||No|
|LTE Band 38||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 39||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 40||Yes||Yes|
|LTE Band 41||Yes||Yes|