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T-Mobile's iPhone Is Unique Variant of AT&T's Model

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Mar 26, 2013, 8:41 PM

NOT quite Unique!

It's a firmware update. Not even a hardware change. All they did was file a change with the FCC. Same iphone 5, new firmware!! That's all..
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6860/apple-to-ship-upd ... »

But yes, you must buy a new t-mobile iphone 5 to get the AWS HSPA+ support. I'd bet at&t pushed against a firmware update on existing iphones.
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Mar 26, 2013, 4:03 PM

Not exactly accurate

From what I understand, once AT&T exhausts its on-hand stock of the A1428, it will start selling the "new" A1428 that T-Mobile will be selling as well. In other words, Apple will only be producing the "new" A1428 from now on. The new A1428 will be fully compatible with all of AT&T and T-Mobile's GSM, WCDMA and LTE bands.
The 1700, 1900 thing will eventually be ironed out. This is what happens when LTE comes further into the picture so to say. Interoperability.
Guys, all of you are "[n]ot exactly accurate."

The A1428 iPhone 5 variant has always possessed the physical capability for W-CDMA 2100+1700 (i.e. AWS). However, Apple implemented a software lock out to appease AT&T. The software lock out is being...

Mar 27, 2013, 6:46 AM

Will wifi calling be available?

I have read all the info that I can find and see no references to this T-Mobile feature on the updated GSM variant.

Mar 26, 2013, 2:30 PM


For clearing that up. Wink
The clarification helps a lot. It can get complicated with different encoding schemes and multiple bands and some overlapping.
If TMO's iPhone 5 will have their Wifi calling?

Sep 16, 2012, 5:20 PM
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I am very excited about the release of this phone. I can't wait!
I think you're the first person I've seen that has exhibited this much enthusiasm about it. Even diehard Apple fans I know have some complaints.

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Dec 19, 2012, 1:04 PM
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I read somewhere, I cannot recall where however someone posted that they could not get the new Iphone 5 to link up to their vehicle hands free calling via the bluetooth in their vehicles computer system? Does it work with the new systems? I currently have an Android phone and it works perfectly w/the system in my car..Do not want to switch if the Iphone5 will not work?


Nov 25, 2012, 2:13 PM
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Android to Iphone music help?!

I'm very picky about my phones. As I've read on here there seems to be no problem about switcing from an Android to an Iphone, so I'm not too concerned. The only thing that has me second guessing myself is my music. I have a little music on my android that is on my SD card, so will that switch over? And also, Itunes. It's always confused me. You have to pay for every song? And I've always heard that if you just plug your phone into someones computer that has Itunes and you have an Iphone that their music can get on your phone and it can delete your music or something like that. And ive also heard about it getting virus' or something...
My mom, back in the day, had an Ipod player that was just the small box that clipped on and she plugged i...

Sep 13, 2012, 12:27 PM
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I am going to wait a few months to get the phone ... im happy with my 4 currently !
Why would you even pick it up? The 4 will get iOS 6, and then they'll just release another iPhone next year that includes NFC anyways. You could save that money and use it for other, better things.
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