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According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the next iPhone -- to be announced next week -- will support 4G LTE networks around the world, though it won't be available on every carrier.
Apple Inc.'s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world--including in the U.S., Europe and Asia--though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.

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It isn't likely to work with all carriers' LTE networks in all countries, the people said, though it wasn't clear which would be left out.
The first Apple device to support the higher-speed 4G LTE networks was the third-generation iPad, which supported AT&T and Verizon's networks -- but notably didn't work internationally. This resulted in complaints in numerous countries including Australia and across Europe.

Based on a roadmap of Qualcomm's mobile chips, it was predicted a year ago that the iPhone would not gain LTE until this quarter. The chipset that promises LTE speeds with much improved power consumption is the Qualcomm MDM9615. Conveniently, that chip is set to arrive in time for late 2012 delivery -- just in time for the new iPhone.

Battery life has been a sticking point for Apple, with the company's engineers refusing to compromise on run-time to support higher data speeds. The new iPhone battery runs at 3.8 volts and 5.45 watt hours versus 3.7 volts and 5.3 watt hours in the iPhone 4S.

Article Link: Next iPhone Will Reportedly Have "Global [4G] LTE Support"
 

wordoflife

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In regards to this topic, the main problem with the iPhone in the US market is that the Sprint/Verizon/AT&T/Virgin Mobile, etc iPhone can only be used on *that* respective network.
 

bidwalj

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I hope it's one phone that supports all lte bands (not like the iPad). While I don't care if I can use an AT&T sim, I do want lte capability when I visit Canada
 

SandboxGeneral

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This shouldn't be a surprise to many of us as we all were expecting LTE on this years iPhone. If it were to not have LTE, that would be a big shock with many upset people no doubt.
 

Centralman

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I thought this maybe the case due to the coincidence that Everything Everywhere (UK) Owner of Orange and T-Mobile the day before the Iphone event is releasing its LTE 4G network!

Should be interesting here in the UK!
 

pittpanthersfan

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LTE technology is separate from GSM/UTMS and CDMA/EV-DO.

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So LTE is LTE is LTE? AT&T and Verizon are using the same technologies for LTE and the only difference is spectrum?

That's pretty cool and in theory should allow for greater mobility between carriers.
 

olowott

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Are u Sure ??- Aint gonna be the case where they were sued for lying to them :confused:

So many Countries are hungry:(, wanna eat some apple cash
 

Patriot24

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Conveniently, that chip is set to arrive in time for late 2012 delivery -- just in time for the new iPhone.

I believe the inverse is true. The new iPhone is set to arrive because that's what the chipset roadmap dictates.

Either way, this was expected. Can you imagine an iPhone being released sans LTE at this point?
 

Raftysworld

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This is the first phone to offer global LTE right? Apple should file for that patent and get a competitive advantage over Samsung.
 

jent

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Conveniently, that chip is set to arrive in time for late 2012 delivery -- just in time for the new iPhone.
So the chip hasn't even shipped yet, but the iPhone is set to ship in a few weeks and is expected to have this chip? That doesn't seem right to me.
 

Patriot24

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So LTE is LTE is LTE? AT&T and Verizon are using the same technologies for LTE and the only difference is spectrum?

That's pretty cool and in theory should allow for greater mobility between carriers.

"LTE" is a standard, yes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTE_(telecommunication)

When you see "4G" branding, that can mean a lot of different things. There has been a lot of issues with companies in the US calling their technologies "4G" when in fact it is just faster 3G in a nutshell.
 

cvaldes

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So LTE is LTE is LTE? AT&T and Verizon are using the same technologies for LTE and the only difference is spectrum?

That's pretty cool and in theory should allow for greater mobility between carriers.
In theory, yes.

In practice, no.

US carriers -- particularly the CDMA based ones like Verizon and Sprint -- don't like letting their handsets run on their competitors' networks, even if the technology within the handset is capable. Neither Verizon nor Sprint will activate an iPhone that wasn't purchased originally as a Verizon or Sprint handset. Sprint is even more extreme. You can't take a Sprint iPhone to Virgin Mobile (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint) or vice versa.

In many other nations, mobility between carriers is feasible, or even easy.
 
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sciwizam

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This is the first phone to offer global LTE right? Apple should file for that patent and get a competitive advantage over Samsung.

Samsung already offers LTE S3s all over the world. They just tune the radio antennas to each countries bands, what Apple would have to do as well. There's no antenna that covers every countries LTE bands.
 
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