Impact of missing Band 28 on Optus network?

I'm waiting for bargain on Redmi Note 5 ( Global Version ) and I understand it doesn't have B28. I'm with Optus (mostly in Sydney, no countryside travel etc)
…so I'm trying to understand what impact it has wrt coverage/speed/drop outs etc for missing B28 on Optus network ?

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    You don't need Band 28 in the metro area although having Band28 will give you much better LTE connectivity in indoor areas (due to physics — low frequency signals penetrate stuff better). See the updated Wiki for more info.

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/wiki/buying_a_phone_that_works_...

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      This.. the only negative in metro areas is data speed.
      Even in regional areas, the difference in coverage is fairly minor.

      You can compare the coverage maps easily by looking at the coverage for an iPhone 5 versus an iPhone 8

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    You will be limited to the other bands; compared to other devices you will have less options which may mean poorer signal quality at times.

    My first 4G mobile was the Samsung S3 i9305 4G which only supported the 1800Mhz band and it was fine so I as a user you won't know any different.

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    I've used non band 28 devices for a few years in Sydney metro and haven't had any problems. My wife has an iphone 8 and her phone never seems to have any better reception than mine.

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    I have used my no-B28 Honor 7X on both Optus and Vodafone since I got it. I am in the Melbourne burbs and it works just fine. Might be an issue if I lived in a bigger house, or further out of town.