Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Certified for FirstNet, Band 14
Monday, February 26, 2018 | Comments

AT&T announced that the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ was certified for use on the First responder Network Authority Network (FirstNet) and band 14, making it the first Samsung device with built-in band 14 access. FirstNet subscribers will be able to use the smartphone on the network by the end of March, AT&T said.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S9/S9+ at the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The Galaxy S9/S9+ joins the Sonim XP7 and the Motorola Solutions LEX F10 as smartphones currently available with band 14. 

“We promised to work with the device community to help deliver next-generation technologies to public safety,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T FirstNet. “And, we couldn’t be more pleased that Samsung built band 14 into the Galaxy S9/S9+, helping us keep that commitment while unlocking access to top-of-the-line devices that first responders can use to help achieve their missions. The more innovation we can drive for our first responders, the more we can help them stay safe and save lives.”

Some of the features of the Galaxy S9/S9+ include clearer images from the phone’s camera for enhanced situational awareness, App Pair functionality that allows a user to launch two apps at once and use them side by side, an iris scanner and facial recognition for easy phone access, Samsung Knox security software, loud and clear speaker, and an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

“The availability of the first Samsung device with built-in access to FirstNet’s public-safety spectrum, band 14, is a major development for the network,” FirstNet Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jeff Bratcher said. “As we planned for FirstNet, public safety stressed to us time and again that access to innovative wireless broadband devices was critical.”

“We are delivering on this key objective by developing and growing a global device ecosystem for FirstNet to help public safety with their life-saving mission,” he said. “By ensuring first responders have access to the latest commercial off-the-shelf technology via FirstNet, we are also enabling them to take advantage of cost savings and maximize the value of every public-safety dollar.”

Find the list of approved devices for FirstNet here.

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