iPhone 5 vs. 4S on T-Mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cursor, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Cursor macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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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.
     
  2. Akack macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  3. paulbennett95 macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  4. Cursor, Jun 7, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2013

    Cursor thread starter macrumors 6502

    Cursor

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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?
     
  5. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    Apple's return policy is 30 days. Great return policy!
     
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Apple gives 30 days for iPhones that you buy from them.
     
  7. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    Correct. Many buy from Apple Store with the 30 day return with the iPhone, not the iPad/Mac line, others buy directly from the carrier, and get only 14 days. ;) Apple is the way to go

    http://store.apple.com/us/help/returns_refund
     
  8. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    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.
     

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