Developer edition of the Nokia Lumia 920 is a one of a kind pentaband

With BUILD 2012 now behind us, we can talk a little about those Lumia 920’s that were handed out en masse to all the developers in attendance (media did not get them nor the Surface).

Seeing as BUILD attracts developers from all over the world, it would be a bit inconsiderate to give out a phone with limited 3G/4G capabilities as some would get the full package, while others would be restricted to their network. The problem is multi-dimensional as 3G GSM and 4G LTE networks vary quite widely, not to mention the combination of the two often required for great performance.

As it turns out, the Lumia 920 that was given out at BUILD is a “frankenphone” of sorts, with mixed components and from what we are told, it won’t be made again. That 920, as evidenced by the photo above from game developer Marios Karagiannis (Monster Up creator/karios.gr), shows the broad supported bands of this Nokia device, including:

  • WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 2100, 1700_2100
  • LTE 700, 850, 1900, 1700_1900

We’re not 100% sure on what networks that specific device will run on but we’re guessing it will work on more carriers than an unlocked AT&T version.  Anyway, if you are a lucky recipient of such a phone or can get your hands on one, we suggest you hold on to it as it could be the most “universal” Lumia 920 made.

Of course if you're a bit jealous, just remember that this 920 only came in boring black. While we know some of you prefer that color, we're just going to say the 920 "pops" a bit more in those other optical variations.


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Developer edition of the Nokia Lumia 920 is a one of a kind pentaband


Not really all-in-one, missing support for LTE 2600 which is used by Russian LTE-providers, now I've stopped regretting that I've missed this conference :)

The Rogers variant is pentaband too.  There have been plenty of reports with people using it on WIND or Mobilicity.

That doesn't mean it's pentaband. It's sure to have Band I but it hasn't been tested by anyone on Band VIII, so all we know for sure is that it has Band I, Band II, Band IV and Band V.
That said, the Rogers version apparently comes unlocked, and is Black, so perhaps they got shipped some dev phones.

That would be great!  I'm just waiting for my Rogers dealer to call me to pick up my 920 this afternoon (even though it's been in the city since last Thursday...)

Oh, well since its only in black, no thanks...haha. Its nice to see MS giving some extra love to the developers. We need them! Congrats to those developers in attendance. No make us proud!

I wonder how much the "one off" aspect of the developer version impacted the unevenness of earliest reviews--which were undoubtedly based on it?

Out of curiosity, did your 920 pick up LTE while you were there? What about when you got back home? I got a 920 at build (not going to sell it) and it always says it is on 4G or just H, but never LTE...even when I was in downtown Seattle. Does your 920 actually display "LTE"?

According to the Nokia rep at BUILD, the codes you're seeing are due to the device being a global version. The H is equivalent to 4G, and the 4G is equivalent to LTE on AT&T.

I think the normal international version actually has more bands:

  • GSM 850
  • GSM 900
  • GSM 1800
  • GSM 1900
  • WCDMA Band V (850 MHz)
  • WCDMA Band VIII (900 MHz)
  • WCDMA Band IV (1.700 MHz)
  • WCDMA Band II (1.900 MHz)
  • WCDMA Band I (2.100 MHz)
  • LTE 700
  • LTE 800
  • LTE 850
  • LTE 900
  • LTE 1700
  • LTE 1800
  • LTE 1900
  • LTE 2100
  • LTE 2600


My impression is this: those are the available options for carriers. But the 920 will be carrier-specific and only some of those bands will be actually supported.

We usually don't have carrier-specific versions in europe. Im pretty sure the unlocked version has all of those band.
At least all german retailers are listing those bands for the unlocked version.
My bad, the european version has those bands:
GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900,
WCDMA Band V (850 MHz), WCDMA Band VIII (900 MHz), WCDMA Band II (1.900 MHz), WCDMABand I (2.100 MHz),
 LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800,LTE 2100, LTE 2600

This. I second that. Ye in Europe at least in France all the phones i  have bought where never locked and true international versions. Gosh i even used them in con fine places of Africa and Asia and they all worked fine. My trusty Nokia E7 tend to agree with me. lol

From what I remember Verizon primarily uses cdma 850 for calls and I know they primarily use lte700. So mu assessment is yes.

I second that question...was told at a local version store that they cant and will not give me a sim card , nor try to activate it. If anyone knows how, please let me know , would love to keep this phone if I can talk on it .

If currently a Verizon customer, why not just do some trimming and pop your current SIM in (if you have one, since they are CDMA)?

Those are the networks supported by Lumia 920 in Saudi Arabia
GSM 850
GSM 900
GSM 1800
GSM 1900
WCDMA Band V (850)
WCDMA Band VIII (900)
WCDMA Band IV (1700)
WCDMA Band II (1900)
WCDMA Band I (2100)
LTE 700
LTE 800
LTE 850
LTE 900
LTE 1700
LTE 1800
LTE 1900
LTE 2100
LTE 2600
And it is unlocked. So not a unique device they have given to developers but seems to be the international unlocked version

The bands stated in the article are the same bands that the Pre-Launch Unlocked  Canadian Rogers Lumia 920's have.

What?  Seriously?  What do you mean by pre-launch 920's?  Were you able to buy them unlocked before the release date or something?  I've never heard of it.  Do you know where I can get one in Canada?

So in theory you can use it on Verizon with it's LTE and just take advantage of the built in Skype for calls.

so this explains the FCC ID of PYAA that i have been watching on that site...
now, the question is... is this really the international unlocked version? if so, i will try to buy this on one of my trips in/out of the UAE....
Then hopefully it works on ATT and more here in the US:)
I think Myriam Joire mentioned that this can fall back to DC-HSUPA if LTE is not enabled - is that correct?

I'm jealous that you have a 920 of any sort, regardless of bands or color. You've got WP8 and that camera technology that a ton of us crave.

So now developers support us PLEASE! I don't get why developers support Android so much since it is hacked like cr@p and a lot of people don't autually pay for their apps? Sure I wish apps on WP would just as cheap as on IOS and Android, and I do hop that they will fall to those prices but I don't mind paying a little more to beging with to support the developers, beside the apps om WP are generally of good quality. So come "end of November" so I can get my Lumia 920 and start purchasing stuff :-D

Whoa!!  Does this mean I can use this on the WIND network in Canada?  I was a bit sad that my only option was the Lumia 810, but if there are 920 versions around that will work on WIND/Mobilicity/T-Mobile AWS networks, then I WANT!!!
Now, the other question is, will it have a different RM that won't be compatible with the regular 920 firmware updates?  I had an X7 variant (Rogers) that suffered from that problem so it's stuck on an old OS version with NO option to update.

BTW if any BUILD attendees want to sell their AWS supported lumia 920 units, then CONTACT ME!  Send me a PM here!

It does seem that the Roger Lumia 920 supports AWS. The phone is also sold unlocked.
I highly doubt that Nokia would make two North American versions of the same phone, thus I believe that the AT&T version of the 920 will also have AWS(albeit sold locked to AT&T).
Hopefully someone gets the 920 on launch day here in the U.S. and get it unlock(most likely via buying a unlock code) and but this to the test.
My wallet is ready :D

A Tmobile executive told me that the 920 originally was coming to their Network but AT&T snatched the exclusive deal somewhere along the way and this deal might compel Nokia to run software on the phone to disable the AWS frequency Tmobile uses.

Wow this is awesome.  I might have to go out and get one!  Did you buy the unlocked version?  Do you know if the locked version differs?

I honestly want to believe that Rogers official version of the Lumia 920 which will launch November 12 wont be pentaband. But am hoping that I'm dead wrong. Cause this is quite confusing and not making any sense.

The initial batch of L920s shipped to "select" Rogers stores are, in fact, Pentaband AND factory unlocked. Whether they are in all other ways identical to the BUILD 2012 devices, however, remains to be seen. Had I known I might've suffered through another black phone... (if I managed to find one, that is)

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FYI: I was at the Build conference. I am from Canada and was concerned the phone would be incompatible. At first other Nokia sales people at booths at the conference were saying that it wouldn't work on Bell, Telus, or SaskTel because those networks were CDMA. But, because those three providers have overlayed HSPA on their networks, this phone will work.
I also spoke to a Nokia developer rep after I had spoke to the sales staff. He said that the 920 given out at Build was originally a batch destined for Canada. In fact, there's a setting I recall seeing in the phone that had "CAN" specified. The rep said that was evidence of the source.

The phone was canadian. The default region selected was Canada. 
The CAN you saw was in settings->extras+info. It's the manufacturer model name. but that's not the strange part.
The full name is RM-820_nam_canada_246. I know the RM-xxx models don't really line up with the public naming of devices, (RM-801 and 819 were for the 800 IIRC) but it's strange to see the 920 is called 820 internally 

Right! I couldn't recall where I saw that until you pointed it out. One other thing - the Nokia developer rep also said the phone is considered a "North America unlocked phone". I took that to mean it was configured to blanket the continent and have service continent-wide.

What is really nice is that this phone is future proof on T-Mobile USA since they are rolling out LTE on 1700/2100 MHZ AWS spectrum in 2013. So not only will you get 42MB/sec HSPA+ now but you will also get LTE whenever tmo lights it up!

I know this post is old now, but can anyone help me find the product code for the build lumia 920? I need it to identify the ROM on the nokia servers via the nokia care suite application.
Thank you!