For those of you following the T-Mobile iPhone launch news, you may have seen that it will support AWS bands. Those bands, however, aren’t currently supported by the current iPhone 5 devices on the market. Can it be enabled through a software update? Unfortunately (for those that hoped it would), no, it can not be. Instead, Apple will be building modified versions of the device specifically for T-Mobile’s use, or you can buy one carrier-free on Apple’s online store come April 12th as well.
What this all means is that current iPhone 5 hardware available will not be able to run on T-Mobile’s AWS HSPA+ 42Mbps network. However, with a software upgrade all AT&T iPhones should be able to connect to T-Mobile’s 1900MHz band, which reaches speed at around 21Mbps. For those of you that are fine with not being able to access the 1700MHz AWS bands, you will still have access to the aforementioned 1900MHz band and will be able to access T-Mobile’s LTE network which is going to soon see a rollout.
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