Will the iPhone 5 be T-Mobile LTE compatible?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Now that it's officially announced, thought it would be a good time to ask this. Do you think the iPhone 5 will support T-Mobile's LTE when it comes out?
     
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  3. macrumors 68040

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    Well since TMobile is inviting apple owners to switch to their unlimited LTE...I would say it would.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Probably will be compatible. It's compatible with LTE from just about every other carrier.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But remember T-Mobile is the only carrier in the world with a 1700mhz 3G band. Or that's what I heard.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Each carrier has LTE on different bands, SO NO.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    According to the CNET livestream the answer is no. But they did mention that the LTE is GSM backwards compatible with HSPA+ which T-Mobile supports so who knows.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, in 2013. Right now, the refarming will give you HSPA+ speeds. So most cities should be running the iPhone at 3G+ by the end of the year.
     
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    I believe they mentioned the 4 and 4S will work by the end of the year , I could be wrong
     
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    T-Mobile has several 4G phones that are light years ahead of this dated piece of junk.
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    They did mentioned that the 4 and 4S would be fully compatible, but they also mentioned the LTE comment separate from that conversation.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    The first GSM model of the iPhone 5 uses LTE band 4, which is 1700/2100 MHz, which conicedentally is also T-Mo's 4G HSPA+ band. If the iPhone can use that band to utilize HSPA+, then you can get T-Mo's 4G at full speed on the iPhone 5.

    However, I'm not going to volunteer be the guinea pig to see whether this will work!
     
  13. macrumors 68020

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    LTE? Seriously? You'll be lucky if you get HSPA coverage.
     
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  15. macrumors newbie

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    I might just be taking a leap of faith here but I think that T-mo will support the iPhone because they are inviting them into their network, also i believe they are training employees on how to support the device as well. they also have an App that lets users check their accounts for the iDevices


     
  16. macrumors member

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    I don't know if you're talking about the UK or the US, but if you mean within the UK...

    I work for EE (company that has formed from the merger with Orange/T-Mobile) and I can confirm that the iPhone 5 WILL work on the EE (T-Mobile).

    T-Moible customers should start seeing "EE" instead of T-Mobile...Orange now.

    Sorry if you mean the US though.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Yes but only the AT&T version due to it supporting the LTE band I (2100mhz) which t-mobile will use for LTE in late spring or early summer
     
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    AT&T iPhone 5 will work with T-Mobile's Future LTE network.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    On evidence of that comment, I am assuming you're talking about the USA, apologies for wasting your times guys!
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    25 (1900 MHz) for Verizon

    In fact, we’re already starting to turn up 4G HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz spectrum. With sites already live in cities like Seattle, Las Vegas, Washington DC and the New York metro area, don’t be surprised to hear reports of iPhone “speed sightings.” - T-Mobile

    Yes. iPhone 5 will be compatible with T-Mobile's LTE.
     
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    No worries, they're both owned by that evil giant called DT over there in Bonn, Germany....not as evil as AT&T though
     
  22. victorbd, Oct 25, 2012
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    T-Mobile LTE will be deployed on the very same bands than AT&T.

    Their LTE will be deployed on 1700/2100mhz bands, which means band 4 (AWS). So, if you buy an AT&T iPhone, it will be able to get LTE on T-Mobile including Canadian carriers like Rogers Wireless, Bell, Telus. MetroPCS is also on the band 1700/2100.

    It will gradually replace the HSPA+ that is installed on those bands.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    Model A1428 (GSM model) United States AT&T
    4 (AWS)
    17 (700b MHz)

    I think T-Mobile got some AWS from AT&T bec of their failed merger. So I guess BOTH VZW and AT&T iPhone 5 will work on T-Mobile LTE.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Woops, you're right, posted too quickly there.

    However, Verizon will not work. It's not the same LTE band they're using. Verizon LTE is on band 13, and like you said, AT&T model is compatible with bands 4 (AWS, AT&T, T-Mobile) and 17.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    I've decided to just wait and buy an unlocked phone from Apple when T-Mobile gets LTE rolling in 2013 by then my contract with Sprint will be up and I'll know for sure if Sprint's LTE is real in Dallas.
     

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