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iPhone 5 To Come In Nine Variants

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Sep 12, 2012, 2:18 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Sep 12, 2012, 2:49 PM

Apple's spec page for the iPhone 5 has been posted, revealing that the phone will come in three different radio configurations, each offered in three different storage capacities - 16, 32, and 64 GB - for a total of nine variants. One model will be exclusive to AT&T, supporting 4G LTE in their 700 and 1700 bands. The model for Verizon and Sprint will support CDMA and both carriers' 4G LTE bands, plus three other LTE bands used overseas. The CDMA model will also support EVDO Rev. B. A third model will support European and Asian LTE bands. This global version is similar to the Sprint/Verizon version, but with US-specific modes disabled. All three versions will support quad-band GSM and quad-band WCDMA/HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100). None of the versions will support T-Mobile's USA's HSPA+ network in the 1700 (AWS) band. Nor will any version support band 12, the lower-700 MHz band used by regional carriers such as U.S. Cellular for 4G LTE service.

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Sep 12, 2012, 2:16 PM

For what good it would do

I was hoping to see some LTE interoperability between AT&T and Verizon and Sprint. It would make it easier to switch from one carrier to another, theoretically, if their phones have LTE and support each other's bands. But of course they don't want that happening.
At least there's one version for both Verizon and Sprint LTE. No one's ever made a phone like that before.
...want to make it easier for you to switch carriers. Would you run a business that way? I don't expect carriers to do things that are not in their best interests. If the rules from the FCC don't mandate this then you better believe the carriers wo...

Sep 12, 2012, 5:54 PM

Another Apple Smash Hit

I wonder how many records will be broken this time around.
Yeah if you consider Apple FINALLY building a phone that is on par with higher end phones that launched last year.

Though I won't lie, I'm more than certain they'll sell a ton of these. When you're brainwashed you'll buy anything.

Sep 12, 2012, 2:26 PM

The Tenth Variant

The version that Apple specifically didn't make was the T-Mobile USA edition. Also known by it's codename "middlefinger". Too bad for T-Mobile. 😢
Won't matter too too much. Once T-Mobile finishes migrating their 1900mhz spectrum to HSPA+, the data speeds on the devices will be just fine.

Sep 12, 2012, 3:58 PM

So not like the 4S?

The 4S is one phone, but it depends on which carrier you activate it on, such as AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, that determines who its locked to.

So, the iPhone 5 isn't the same way?
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