I can't stress enough that the only way this will be fixed, is when there are enough tickets about the same subject at Apple Support.
The cases at Apple support are not enough, your problem must be _escalated_ through the Senior Advisor.
If you run into a helpdesk engineer that doesn't want to transfer you to his Senior Advisor, gently say goodbuy and hang up, and call again until you get another engineer.
Those escalations are the _only_ way to have Apple themselves look at the issue.
And of course, create as much buzz about it on all media, write e-mails to tech-sites, talk about it on Twitter, whatever...
The senior advisor just called me back.
This is what he told me.
He investigated it and told me that the problem is at the side of Apple.
Proximus has delivered a carrier update to Apple. Apple needs to check this carrier-update before introducing it.
BUT: He couldn't give me a date when the update would be released yet.
He said that it would probably be introduced in the 6.0.2 iOS version or 6.1 version.
He also told me that the speed at which Apple introduces this update depends on the number of calls they get for this problem.
This problem has gotten an Issue-number. If a lot of people call for this problem it will get more attention from Apple and it will get a higher priority to get solved.
I just got a call back and the engineer first said this is the first time he heard of this problem. I asked to get escelated to a Senior Advisor and then he put me on hold saying he'd contact the SA himself.
Reply then was they don't know when an update will be released and even so, if the new carrier update will be included.
Let's hope 6.0.2 will be released soon.
Are you french speaking or dutch speaking ?
My callcenter was in the Netherlands I think. If you are French speaking you are maybe connected to a call center in France which may explain why they never heard of the problem before ?
Anyway, like GeertCU told, please everyone call the Apple Support to report this problem.
Dutch speaking, I called twice. The second time the egineer just got an email saying 'LTE is not available in Belgium/The Netherlands, so tell the customers that'. Then he told me to check with my provider and blablabla.
I asked to get escalated but also he called the SA himself ...
Don't know what I'm doing wrong but they all refuse to connect me to a SA, and just wait for an update.
Followed the procedure and spoke to a Senior Advisor. He confirmed that carrier update 13.1 has been approved and apparantly some users already have that update and can use the 4G LTE. He suggested to connect to iTunes daily untill the carrier update comes through, this might take a week or more.
If all of us call apple support with the same questions they might pay more attention in order to have the carrier update out for everyone asap.
Listen carefully KiltedTim, because you seem to be a little brainwashed by companies like Apple:
LTE is a network standard, just like GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, etc. The purpose of such a standard, is that every device that is build according to that standard, is able to connect to every carrier supporting that specific standard. The European model of the iPhone 5 supports the LTE 1800 MHz standard that Belgacom/Proximus uses.
Now if a company (e.g. Apple) sells an unlocked phone that supports a certain standard (e.g. LTE 1800 MHz), but it doesn't work with a certain carrier (e.g. Proximus, which does support that same standard), only because Apple enables/disables LTE support on a per-carrier basis using so-called "carrier bundles" (.ipcc files), and refuses to release a carrier update, just because Proximus doesn't have a contract with Apple, that would be illegal according to Belgian and EU laws.
I know that in your country, the USA, companies have all the power, but in the European Union there are laws to protect consumers and fair competition, so if you buy a product with certain specifications, it should work according to those specifications. Contracts with carriers don't have anything to do with that, nor do lists of so-called "supported carriers". I hope this cleared things up for you.
When your carrier shows up on this list: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937
Then you may feel free to whine and complain all you like. Until then, there is NO SUPPORT from Apple for using your phone on that carrier in any capacity at all.
If you believe it's illegal, then call a lawyer or complain to your government.
I hope this cleared things up for you, but I have no doubt you're going to keep right on spouting the same useless nonsense.
We don't give a **** about that list. The point is: we went to a shop and bought a phone that "officially" supports the LTE 1800 MHz standard. Then we put our Proximus SIM card into that phone, and we find out that it doesn't want to connect to the LTE 1800 MHz network of Proximus, because Apple blocked this in its carrier bundles. Phones from other manufacturers that support the LTE standard can connect to any LTE network in the world without any problem (as long as the supported frequencies match). That's why they call it a standard.
To illustrate what kind of nonsense you are telling, I will make a comparison with the Wi-Fi standard. Suppose that a notebook manufacturer publishes a list with supported Wi-Fi Access Point (only from companies that have a contract with them), and their notebooks refuses to connect to Wi-Fi Access Points from other companies, because they are deliberately programmed like that. Another example: an FM radio device that can only receive FM radio stations that are on a "supported stations" list (and that have a contract with the manufacturer of the device). Would you accept that? Won't you complain?
Also, do you know what the following links are?
I'll tell you: they are carrier updates for the Proximus network. Strange huh, for a "not supported carrier"? Now Apple only needs to do the same for LTE on the iPhone 5. We will continue to complain until it has been done, because in Belgium we don't accept phones that are locked to a specific carrier.
We don't give a **** about that list.
Too bad. That's the list of carriers that are authorized to carry and service the iPhone and which are officially supported by Apple. If you don't like it, go buy something else.
It's not an issue of standards. It's an issue of what is supported. If it doesn't work with your carrien, then go complain to your carrier. You're just making yourself look like a fool. Why you can't understand this is beyond me.