iPhone 5: had GSM model, received CDMA (i think) after repair service

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Omnirai, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Omnirai, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    Hello MacRumors members,

    I have a question concerning the GSM vs CDMA iPhone 5:

    Background information:
    I bought the iPhone 5 from the official dealer in Belgium (Mobistar). This is a simlock free GSM model, and should be A1429 GSM.

    One month later, I had a hardware fault and returned it to Mobistar. One week later (we do not have an apple store here, everything goes through Mobistar) I received my new one..
    Now, when I downloaded firmware "iPhone5,1_6.0.1_10A525_Restore" file, it gave me an error about "not compatible" firmware file.. However, file "iPhone5,2_6.0.1_10A525_Restore works..

    So I received back a CDMA model I suppose? f0recast gives me the same information: "model: iPhone 5,2 [ND297DN/A].

    Are there any consequences by having a CDMA iPhone 5?
    Should I take it back, and ask for a GSM model? (this will result in 1 week of no iPhone..)

    ps: My carrier is 'Proximus', and will provide LTE on 1,8 Ghz.

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Um, when exchanging a faulty product with a new one, they must return the exact same model so you should have got a GSM model back.

    GSM and CDMA are not the same. They are different technologies that are not the same. GSM is more of a world wide signal (meaning most carriers use this technology) where as CDMA is not.
  3. Omnirai, Dec 21, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012

    thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I know that I should have received the exact same model again.. But I'm not up for one week of being iPhone-less :(
    So my question is more if it will give problems with LTE or not.. Cause at the moment, my Phone is just working fine with 3G. LTE should be available (if apple approves) in the next 'bigger' firmware update

    PS: Im pretty sure in Belgium we are working with GSM signals..
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    All I know about the LTE is that the difference between GSM & CDMA is what Apple has made available.


    The site states that the GSM model supports bands 4 & 17 while CDMA supports 1, 3, 5, 13, 25. So it all depends on what your carrier is supporting. Though there is another GSM model that supports different bands (1, 3, 5).

    Again, it is all about how your carrier delivers the signals.

    Lastly, who cares if you go a week without an iPhone? I know you do but you have to make sure that your phone is supported on the network otherwise you paid money for a feature that you aren't going to use.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Oct 23, 2008

    I just found out my replacement phone is also an iPhone5,2 (and not iPhone5,1). Is the iPhone5,2 the CDMA iPhone 5? Can anyone confirm?
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    I don't think it is. Mine is a 5,2 but it is on Orange in the UK who are a GSM provider.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    The CDMA model is superior to the GSM model sold in Europe. The CDMA model is equal to the GSM model you had, but it also supports CDMA and if supports MORE LTE bands.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
  9. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    There are actually TWO A1429 models: a CDMA model (supporting CDMA, GSM, LTE ) and a GSM model (which supports only GSM and LTE (fewer LTE frequencies, though)).
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    yeah but one wouldn't notice, and who really cares as the CDMA model has more LTE bands, and still will work with GSM anyway. The CDMA side won't activate until you find a Verizon 4G SIM card.
  11. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I would keep it until I knew whether 4G worked with Proximus by actually trying it. If it didn't, I would go over to Mobistar with all the documentation and tell them "kutkanker, jullie hebben mij de CDMA iPhone gegeven!" and demand one that works.

    But most likely they're not trying to dump phones in Belgium that won't work.

    Myself, I'm doing Mobile Vikings until someone offers us in Bxl 4G :)
  12. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 27, 2009
    Wait, I thought the iPhone was a dual-band phone.
  14. takeshi74, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Mobistar is probably using the A1429 that is being used by other carriers in the eastern hemisphere.

    I'd suspect that they switched the OP from one A1429 to the other.

    Nope. It really makes no difference for you.

    The 5's are multi band and multi mode. Take a look a the specs page posted earlier. All models are quad band GSM and UMTS. CDMA model has dual band CDMA. LTE varies by model.

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