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single chip?

by hepresearch    Sep 12, 2012, 5:54 PM

Holey... freakin'... baseband radios on a single chip?

Granted it isn't every band that could be supported (although T-Mobile's AWS 1700 HSPA+ is going away in favor of PCS 1900 HSPA+, and thus it isn't a big deal to not support AWS HSPA+), but still, that is a TON of radios to stick on one chip. Although no LTE for 700 and 1700 bands, it basically covers most US LTE anyway thanks to Verizon's amazing LTE ubiquity as of late. It even makes the AT&T version look... well... less global? Even the "Global" version is... well... less global than the Verizon/Sprint version just by virtue of losing LTE 750 and LTE 1900 and gaining nothing in return.

Regarding both US versions of this new iPhone 5, I say AT&T is getting shafted, T-Mobile is being ignored, Verizon is actually leading the charge, Sprint is being openly invited to join in the fray, and the rest of the world is being marginally recognized... in a (sort of) begrudging way.

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