AT&T 5S on T-Mobile LTE bands

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  1. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    anyone know if the AT&T 5S will work on the T-Mobile LTE bands?

    looking to buy 2 5S's before the year is out and break the contract some time around early 2015 to go to t-mobile on their prepaid plans and take the phones with me
     
  2. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    I was wondering the reverse, if the T-Mo unlocked version will work on ATT LTE. In another thread someone said yes, but then why in the iPhone 5 and 5c do they sell an "unlocked GSM" and "unlocked t-mobile" version?
     
  3. alent1234 thread starter macrumors 603

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    i know that t-mo has flaky 3g frequencies that are a pain in the a$$ to support
     
  4. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    That doesn't really answer the question lol
     
  5. skimcpip macrumors regular

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    It's not an "unlocked t-mobile" version. It's an unlocked phone that comes with a T-Mobile SIM that you don't have to use. The unlocked iPhone 5 works on both AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands.
     
  6. alent1234 thread starter macrumors 603

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    what about the att one? once AT&T unlocks it, will it work on t-mobile lte bands?
     
  7. skimcpip macrumors regular

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    IF they unlock it for you, yes.

    There are two models of the 5S this time around, the 1533 and the 1456.

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    Notice how the 1533 supports Verizon, ATT and T-Mobile. If you get the 1533 carrier unlocked (option that comes with a T-Mobile SIM), or you buy it from a carrier and can get them to unlock it, it will work on any of the three.
     
  8. alent1234 thread starter macrumors 603

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    thx

    apparently the LTE is OK its the HSPA that will be the problem. wonder if ios 7 will fix it since the hardware in the t-mobile iphone 5 is the same as the slightly newer att ones
     
  9. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    No, it can't be fixed in software.

    However, the new 5c and 5s will support LTE and HSPA every where T-Mobile has service even in non-refarmed areas.
     
  10. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    It's a real bummer that Apple won't release a "global" version in the US. I want one with ATT bands, but I also want to be able to roam onto LTE networks abroad as I travel frequently. It drives me nuts on my iPhone 5, great having LTE in the US, but when I go to Asia or South America it's all 3G because of the band issue. :-(
     

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