What are the chances of a "unified" iPhone 5S?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Michael CM1, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    What i mean is what are the chances of an iPhone that works on multiple networks? The iPhone 4S was really great because you could buy the same hardware model unlocked and use it on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint since it had the necessary radios for all.

    I know the iPhone 5 had to break this up to support LTE, so I'm wondering if LTE radios have improved to the point where at least I could buy an unlocked one and switch between AT&T and Verizon (namely the prepaid Aio-like services) if I chose. Otherwise the portability isn't worth much if I'm stuck on just AT&T or Verizon. I'd like to try out Aio, but I'm still worried about how bad my AT&T 3G signal was out here.
  2. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    Doubtful. LTE isn't even available in all areas yet so I wouldn't think they've improved to support this.
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013

    Why would Apple make it so you could just buy one phone and use it later at any carrier, instead of having to buy a brand new one from them every time you want to switch carriers for another cool $650?
  4. macs4nw macrumors 601


    You're blaming the wrong party. It was the carriers who insisted the phones be locked to their networks, to deter people from simply switching providers, without having to shell out for another handset.

    When Apple first suggested introducing unlocked handsets with Sim cards, that could work on all GSM networks, the carriers initially threatened withholding subsidies.
  5. Michael CM1 thread starter macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    As I said above Apple did that with the iPhone 4S. I figure it would be quite the selling point for Apple. I'm sure carriers want nothing to do with it so they can keep their hooks on you.
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Smart phone manufacturers strive for this. This would significantly cut production cost. Nexus 4 is a prime example albeit lacking LTE.

    However it would still be carrier locked so there wouldn't be too much difference in how it is now.

    I don't really keep up on this tech but I don't think such a radio exist to cover all bands/networks. So I don't think we'll see a single model iPhone for quite a while.
  7. blerns3 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    As most everyone said, can't work with LTE.

    Also, it would tense Apple's relationships with carries as they want to keep you as a customer and their contract with Apple outlines certain things like this that Apple must do in a product to help the carries do so.
  8. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    How many phones, on the market, can work on all networks?

    Just not going to happen
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Is a carriers' conspiracy. They know without them, you got a doorstop, so they make their rules.

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