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Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820

Do you remember when you switched from using a dial-up modem to using broadband Internet on your computer for the first time? Didn’t it seem magical the way websites seemed to load up instantly?

A similar transformation is now happening to smartphones and the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are fully equipped to let you take full advantage of the new high-speed networks.

If you want faster HD video streaming, to download large files in less time, apps to work without lags, video calls that don’t get stuck and to enjoy all the latest website plug-in technology just as you would on a laptop – all on your smartphone – then the wait is over.

Rolling out on operator networks around the world, this new, high-speed network technology gives you super fast data speeds, in comparison to previous generations. And best yet, the new Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are fully equipped to take advantage of the revolution.

These new generation operator networks are called LTE (Long Term Evolution) or 4G/LTE. Although you may hear different people using the different names, they are both essentially the same thing. We explored the evolution of mobile phone technologies from 1G to 4G  in a previous post on Conversations.

Getting connected

To use these new generation networks you will need a smartphone that is equipped with 4G/LTE capabilities, such as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, and a local operator that has deployed its 4G/LTE network.

We had a short chat with Timo Joutsenvirta from Nokia Technology Marketing team on how 4G/LTE networks can benefit the users of the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920.

Mobile operators around the world are still rolling out their 4G/LTE networks. To get a full picture of the situation where you live, you should check with your local operator. 

As Timo highlighted, if you are lucky enough to have a Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 and a local operator with a 4G/LTE network already, you will be able to take advantage of ultra fast connectivity straight out of the box.


However, even if you are able to access 4G/LTE in your home country, you should beware that it may not work when you travel abroad. At the moment roaming may not be supported by 4G/LTE and there is a possibility you may not be able to receive phone calls or SMS when travelling.

In this case, you can change the cellular settings to 3G as the ‘highest connection speed’ and the phone will continue to function perfectly normally. To do this, go to ‘Settings’, tap ‘Cellular’, and ‘highest connection speed’ and choose ‘3G’.

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Changing the connection speeds

Network readiness

Even if your local operator has yet to launch its 4G/LTE network, you can still count yourself very lucky to own a Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 820! They are superb, innovative smartphones and always use the fastest available network connections.

Even when using 3G networks, your new Lumia will be an extremely responsive and speedy performer thanks to the Snapdragon S4 processor and Windows Phone 8 operating system. And once 4G/LTE is available from your operator network, Nokia and your local operator will release an over-the-air (OTA) update that will enable your phone to connect to the new high-speed network.