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iPhone on 800MHz LTE band. When (if ever)?

1222 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 9:00 AM by wjosten RSS
Gerben Wierda Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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Jan 24, 2013 7:32 AM

The current iPhone 5 does not support the 800MHz LTE band that is used a lot in Europe. Since Apple never announces anything, I wonder if I should buy an iPhone now or wait until I am certain that it will work with local LTE in the future.

 

So my question, is the fact that the iPhone 5 does not support the 800MHz band a matter of software or hardware? Is it something the chip in the iPhone cannot do at all, or is it something Apple could enable later on?

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,410 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 8:45 AM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    frequencies is always hardware based

     

    and apple may never support the 800Mhz LTE

     

    the world seems to be getting infected with the fragmentation of the American

    phone network

     

    1/2 the operators where I live support LTE on the frequencies apple support the other half don't

    so even in europe carriers seem to start using different frequencies

    this was not the case with 3g in my country

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,230 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to Gerben Wierda)

    Apple announced, in its earnings call yesterday, that LTE support will be rolled out to 36 more carriers, world wide, next week. However, no mention of what carriers/where was made, other than "Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Philippines, and also several middle eastern countries".

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