AT&T iPhone 5 - Terrible International LTE Support

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mdntcallr, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    New iPhone 5 caught your eye? If you travel internationally, plenty of reasons to not buy the AT&T version.

    Simply put it isn't LTE compatible with the bands used outside the US and Canada. Verizon and Sprint version can work with many more international LTE frequency bands.

    great article on it here:
  2. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    But isn't the rollout of LTE internationally quite a bit behind the US? Please correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't the AT&T model offer better support of the GSM/HSPA bands used throughout Europe?
  3. acarney macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    MUCH better support....
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I think I will worry more about my home coverage LTE support that I spend 99% of my time and not if the international location Im visit for a little bit even has LTE available and if my iphone supports it. As long as it supports GSM 3G and HSPA+ I think I can live with that on a vacation.
    You guys worry about the most insignificant things.
  5. mdntcallr, Sep 13, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2012

    mdntcallr thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    The CMDA version of the phone is also compatible with GSM/HSPA bands around world i believe. The jury is still out on this one i think.

    but who knows. its just weird to have chipsets that vary so much.
  6. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    "Terrible international support" ?

    If you call that terrible, then I'd love to see what you'd say about other manufacturers.

    Between the two models in the US they're hitting 7 LTE bands.

    There's a limit to what's feasible right now. Most of these networks are quite young still. Most international phones have yet to even include LTE.

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