iPhone 5 vs. 4S on T-Mobile

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macrumors 6502
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Jul 17, 2002
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Good afternoon all,

I just bought an iPhone 4S and paired it with T-mobile, which, on the coverage map, shows that I am well covered in and around my immediate area.

For some reason my phone keeps going back to Edge, and I rarely get the "4G" signal.

My questions is: if I had an iPhone 5, would I get better data speeds, since it would be built to run natively on T-Mobile's network?

My last day to return/exchange it hassle-free is today.

Thanks.
 

Akack

macrumors 6502a
Mar 5, 2011
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Yes. The refarmed 4G 1900 band has poor coverage.

Buy the iPhone 5 that has AWS 1700/2100 to get better 4G coverage.
 

paulbennett95

macrumors 6502a
Aug 30, 2012
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Long Island, NY
My questions is: if I had an iPhone 5, would I get better data speeds, since it would be built to run natively on T-Mobile's network?
You would get better data coverage.

the 4S does not support T-Mobiles AWS spectrum so you will only get "4G" running on T-Mo's 1900MHz spectrum.

Return and upgrade to iPhone 5 which supports "4G" over 1700/2100MHz (what is shown on T-Mo's coverage map.)

Go to airportal.de to see a 4S-applicable coverage map.
 

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macrumors 6502
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Jul 17, 2002
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This might be a stupid question, but I always thought Apple products only had a two-week hassle-free return policy. My receipt for the iPhone says that I have 30-days to return it for a full refund with no restocking fee. Did something change?
 
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rockitdog

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Mar 25, 2013
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This might be a stupid question, but I always thought Apple products only had a two-week hassle-free return policy. My receipt for the iPhone says that I have 30-days to return it for a full refund with no restocking fee. Did something change?
Apple's return policy is 30 days. Great return policy!
 

siurpeeman

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Dec 2, 2006
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This might be a stupid question, but I always thought Apple products only had a two-week hassle-free return policy. My receipt for the iPhone says that I have 30-days to return it for a full refund with no restocking fee. Did something change?
you were mostly correct. all of apple's products have a 14 day return policy except for the iphone. this changed during the iphone 4 press conference apple held july 16th, 2010 following the antenna gate issue. at the time, i thought it would be a temporary thing (like the free bumper), but it's a policy that stuck around.