iPhone 5 in India - is it A1428 or A1429?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by araje, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. araje macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    The reason for asking is I was wondering if in India people see just 3G or H+ (4G) on their iPhone 5 for Airtel or Vodaphone.
    I know that the LTE scene is a given NO and hence I am not even thinking about it.
    What's the typical speed you get?
  2. AnorexicPig macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2012
    Winnipeg,Canada/New Delhi India
    Am back home for the vacations,and on my iPhone 5-Airtel,it shows 3G,but the speeds are really good.

    I don't really miss 4G speeds though I only do casual browsing sometimes on phone or use data for fb messenger or whatsapp,no movie streaming or stuff on phone.
  3. masti13harsh macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2012
    A1429 here
    Black/Slate iPhone 5(16gb) getting speed on vodafone 3g(delhi) :-

    max - 8Mbps
    average - 2Mbps

    Hope this helps :)
  4. araje thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Thanks for the info. So an A1428 which is pretty much the same in specs except the LTE bands probably will at least show and give 3G speeds then I am guessing on Airtel or Vodaphone.
    Apple website says A1428 and A1429 are similar in their UTMS and GSM antennas, just LTE is different.
    I just hope I don't go from LTE to E. that will be quite a downfall ;)
  5. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Help! I'm visiting India next week from the US. I'm bringing my unlocked iPhone 5. I have access to a nano-SIM prepaid with Rs250 from Airtel.

    1) Is it as simple as putting in the new Airtel nano-SIM and all works well? Or do I need to change some sort of settings in the iPhone or go through iTunes again?

    2) I have visited the Airtel website, but I cannot figure out how to pick a specific prepaid plan. The page doesn't explain how many SMS/minutes/data is included, or how to select the plan I want. Can someone explain how I do this?

  6. araje thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    In India, the minute based plans are certainly not normal.
    You buy a currency reload and load your card. The plan talks about per minute billing based on where you call. Your balance just keeps reducing accordingly.
  7. comptr macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2007
    is it the same way for data too ??
  8. masti13harsh macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2012
    Yaa its the same for data too. In prepaid first you have to choose and pay for what you want then you get it there and then. The data plans are like this:
    Rs 100 gives 300MB of 3g data
    Rs 250 gives 1GB of 3g data
    and so on...

    If you want 2g data then go for Rs 95 and you get 1GB of data over edge.

    Rs 100 = $2 approx
  9. araje thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Frickin unbelievable.

    Here 300MB = 15$ 4G
    1GB LTE= 45$
    What a loot.
  10. Lunfai macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2010
    We pay 45 odd dollars for all you can eat 3G/1000 minutes and 5000 texts in UK. You guys are getting ripped off.
  11. isaket macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2012
    already replied in another thread
  12. upnorth85 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    The American consumer thinks having paid $199 to AT&T or VW they have purchased the iPhone 5. The monthly premium includes the balance and more. No wonder people find data very expensive. T-mobile's value plans are similar the rest of the world, where one buys a phone and looks for a carrier. Here everyone runs on their own frequencies and the phone is a data brick if you want to change wireless companies. Eg., AT&T to Verizon.


    I have a working full Airtel SIM from my last visit. Can I cut it up to nano size and use in an iPhone?

  13. masti13harsh macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2012
    For everyone complaining about the cheap data plan here in India I admit its damn cheap.. But I got my iPhone 5 16 gb for $830 unlocked and every electronic item is around 30-40% costlier because of import duties and all..
    I don't think that the airtel sim you have will work as there is a rule that if there is no activity on your sim for greater than 60 days your sim will not work i.e. disconnected. I would recommend to buy a new sim as it is available easily and that too free in most of the cases but documents such as name proof or all are required. Generally the sim gets activated within one day and I would advice you to buy prepaid sim (pay before and than use) as there is no billing issue in this case...
  14. upnorth85 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    I have had this SIM for 2 years now. I use it once a year or so when I am in India. Every month I switch it on to keep the line connected. It is only if one keeps it switched off the number gets disconnected.

  15. araje thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    What do you see on the phone 3G or 4G or H or H+ ?
    I know not LTE.

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