T-Mobile iPhone 5 w/ AWS question

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  1. puertorioninja5, Mar 26, 2013
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    puertorioninja5 macrumors newbie

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    I just received news after the T-Mobile event that the carrier will be introducing a 'tweaked' iPhone 5 that supports AWS.

    I also heard that late last year, that T-Mobile started a reframing effort for unlocked iPhones running on their network that gives these phones 3G access on the 1900 MHz frequency.

    Well, does the AWS spectrum and the fact that this 'new' iPhone 5 support it mean that this will allow me to use this iPhone in the same service area that other smartphones on T-Mobile's network already use?


    Also, what about the iPhone 4S and 4 that they will be offering? Will they be able to do the same?
     
  2. puertorioninja5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm just wondering if this means that since it will now support the 1700 MHz frequency, will it be able to used like other T-Mobile smartphones, in the same service areas with 3G/4G speeds?

    I apologize if my question isn't clear enough.
     
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    yes.
     
  4. puertorioninja5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. :D:apple:

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    One more question though, will the same be done to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 they will also be offering? Or will the models that already exist end up being used on T-Mobile?

    Sorry but I just feel clueless about some of this. :cool:
     
  5. gtgrad95 macrumors 6502

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    There are no plans to retrofit the 4/4S models. They will continue to be EDGE in most areas, and 3G in T-Mobile re-farmed areas.
     
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    The iPhone 4/4s will only be available in "select markets" - so I assume only in locations where they have refarmed/will be refarming the 1900 network.
     
  7. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Tmobile will release firmware update for the current iPhone 5 to support 1900mhz HSPA+21 and lte 1700mhz supported.
    the new tmobile phone will support above plus 1700mhz HSPA+42
     
  8. Cody21 macrumors 6502a

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    Support for the AWS network cannot be enabled on the current iPhone 5 with a software update. The incoming model for T-Mobile is gonna be a tweaked version that has AWS enabled from the factory.
     
  9. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Yes, the AWS is only needed for HSPA+42 1700mhz. I don't recall saying upgrade will support the AWS. Current AT&T iphone 5 will support HSPA+21 1900mhz with a firmware upgrade and LTE 1700mhz
     
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    Correction: Current AT&T/GSM A1428 Model of iPhone 5 will Support LTE after firmware upgrade which Apple should issue in the next few weeks, All iPhone 5's running on T-Mobile (Incl. MVNO's) can already access 1900MHz HSPA+21 network. I have tested 14+ Mbps speeds on T-Mobile via iPhone 5 in the past couple weeks as well as other users have reported getting 14+ Mbps speeds in various areas (confirming HSPA+ 1900MHz+21 is already accessible).
     
  11. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    No, inorder to access 1900 HSPA+21, u need the upgrade and refarm. So what's the correction again? U basically said everything I already said

    Edit: Well if u don't need an upgrade, then the reports are wrong
     
  12. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

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    the Software upgrade is for LTE...in order to add T-Mobile LTE support Apple will issue a software update for AT&T/GSM iPhone 5 models...1900MHz where it is live users can already access "3G" in those areas....I think you have some information confused....and as for official correction its "reaffirm" not "refarm" lol
     
  13. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    No, they call it refarming. From what I read, upgrade is needed for 1900mhz
     
  14. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

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    I'm confident in the information I provide, as I have a T-Mobile line on a iPhone 5 which has been running on its 1900MHz HSPA+21 network for the past two months.

    Also you may be right 100% about one thing n thats "refarming" :)
     
  15. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    U know I'm right lol. Well I'll take ur word from it brah
     
  16. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    There is no upgrade needed to access the 1900mhz refarmed network. iPhones will connect to 3G in those areas automatically.
     
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    I'm on Verizon right now and thinking about making the switch...so will the iPhone 5 that i got from VZW work fully with T-Mobile and function on both 3G & LTE?
     
  19. puertorioninja5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In a nutshell, yes, but it will only operate on the 850/1900 MHz bands, T-Mobile using the latter. You'll only be able to get LTE in one of their markets or 3G (more widespread) in some of the reframed areas. So yes, it will work, but you won't get the same 3G service other T-Mobile smartphones do unless you're in an area where your 3G was 'refarmed' for the iPhone. This new iPhone coming out will support AWS and will also support 1700 MHz (a more widespread band, and the primary one T-Mobile uses for 3G and HSPA)
     

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