Apple in Talks with Korea's SK Telecom for iPhone Supporting Faster LTE-Advanced Networks

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    The Korea Times reports (via Engadget) that Apple and South Korean carrier SK Telecom are in talks regarding a future iPhone that would support faster LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) data networks. Just last week, the carrier announced the launch of the world's first publicly accessible LTE-A network.
    LTE-A supports a theoretical maximum download speed of 150 Mbps, twice as fast as the LTE standard used on the iPhone 5, although real-world speeds are in general significantly slower than theoretical maximums.

    The report suggests that Apple could release an LTE-A iPhone "in the coming months" on the iPhone 5S, but it seems fairly unlikely that Apple would be prepared to support the standard so soon after beginning negotiations with SK Telecom, even if the company has already been working on the technology.

    Article Link: Apple in Talks with Korea's SK Telecom for iPhone Supporting Faster LTE-Advanced Networks
     
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    The UK hasn't even really got LTE yet.
     
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    The more countries sign up and more handsets have lte-a the faster you will get it
     
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    Wow, 150 Mbps. That should burn through a data plan nice and fast :D
     
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    Unlimited data plan ;)
     
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    Yeah, if you're irresponsible. :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't care about peak speeds. Just give me 15, maybe 20 Mbit/s EVERYWHERE, and I'll be very happy. :)
     
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    apple need to make safari in iOS to be able to download files, to make use of that massive speed.
     
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    Rather see this bandwidth for higher data plan sizes than stupidly fast rates.

    I don't need my LTE to be faster than my home WiFi, if I only get 2GB a month ...
     
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    Well its possible. AT&T and Sprint have both published a US LTE-Advanced deployment plan for 2013, and qualcomm has new Gobi chipsets that implement it.


    http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/9/2548955/at-t-lte-advanced-deployment-plans-2013

    I don't know if the Gobi chips are "apple low power happy" but don't see why they wouldn't be for a fall 2013 phone
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/27/2827511/qualcomm-gobi-mdm9225-mdm9625-modem-chipsets-lte-advanced

    I must admit I had not thought of a wireless radio improvement for the 5S. We have all gotten myopic vision on CPU speed and fingerprint security.
     
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    Qualcomm's latest radio that apple is likely to use next supports LTE-A so it's just a matter of Apple designing in the transceivers, antennas and firmware to support it.
     
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    The only hardware upgrade the 5S can have that will make me get it is not a faster LTE chip, but 'The One' LTE chip to rule them all. I want to buy one iPhone and hop between any US carrier and hopefully international that I please. Supposedly there is a Qualcomm chip that brings this close to reality and in my opinion when we see multiple colors of iPhones then this chip is inside. I doubt Apple will spread its supply chain across three variations (color, capacity, and carrier).
     
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    LTE-A would be awesome for the next iPhone but as we saw it took forever for LTE to be implemented on the iPhone. LTE-A networks aren't even going to be ready in time for a 5S release, so I think its safe to say apple probably won't bring LTE-A with the 5S.
     
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    Might be South Korean specific, a big finger to Samsung from Apple
     
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    How it is a big finger to Samsung?
     
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    T-Mobile, att, verzion and sprint will deploy LTE-a before the year is out.
     
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    150 Mbps burns through an unlimited data plan fast :mad:
     
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    What's the point?

    so you can burn through your meager 3GB in under 3 minutes??
    When will the carriers understand that $10/GB for wireless data is the biggest bottleneck for most consumers??
     
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    150mbps is NOT 'twice as fast as' the 100mbps iPhone 5's LTE modem.

    100 to 150 = 50% faster, or 150% speed.

    Plenty of people on ATT, Verizon, and others are reporting 60-70mbps speedtests which is right in line with what is expected from a 100mbps link with 30-40% overhead when the RLC, RRC, and PDCP protocol bits are taken into account for each packet to provide robust data over wireless.
     
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    And they're standard essential too.
     
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    I can back your statement my fastest result, 88.66Mb/s down:
    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/574373924
     
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    Meh why would you ever need such speeds. LTE has already reached bandwith speeds that will enable web browsing on a phone as fast as a computer. Do we really need more? Now, if we can somehow have carriers significantly reduce prices on their networks, so that people an actually not be afraid of burning through their data plans, then maybe we can start talking about this.
     
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    So true.No point in building network which work at specific places.
     
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    I remember reading that T-Mobile US only used LTE-A hardware for their network. That's their reasoning that they were going to be faster than the competition.
     
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    Just last week, the carrier announced the launch of the world's first publicly accessible LTE-A network.

    Not sure this announcement was accurate, http://www.yota.ru/ru/news/details/?ID=316537

    Not sure this is anything other than marketing hype as at that time there was simply no LTE-A user equipment to test their network.
     

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