How To: Check if your iPhone 5 will support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ or LTE network

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As you all know by now, T-Mobile will begin offering the iPhone 5 officially from Friday this week (April 12). But, some of you will already have your own iPhones, and could be tempted to switch to the carriers attractive price plans. In years gone by, iPhones haven’t supported the Magenta-flavored 3G/HSPA+ bandwidths, leaving iPhone wielding Tmo customers stuck on a slow EDGE network. With the iPhone 5, it’s changed. There’s a chance that your device is compatible.

If you have an A1428 model iPhone 5, it will connect to T-Mobile’s AWS bands (1700/2100), here’s how to check if yours does:

  1. Go to Settings –> General –>  About.
  2. Check the last 4 digits of your serial number to see if they match these combinations:
    • FH19
    • FH1C
    • FH1D
    • FH1F
    • FH1G
    • FH1H
  3. You can also locate your iPhone 5 box and verify that the label includes “1700/2100″ under the UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA bands.

If you do have a compatible unlocked device, you also need to ensure that you download the T-Mobile carrier bundle update released yesterday.

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  • JustinYounkiLee

    I have a question. I currently own Iphone 5 factory unlocked and my iPhone 5 is a model A1428 like mentioned above. However when I checked my serial number, it did not end in those four letters mentioned above. Those that mean I can not receive HSPA+ signal LTE SIGNAL? or can I still get it from having a model number of A1428?

  • TiP_Cam

    @JustinYounkiLee If you don’t have the right serial number, it won’t work, sadly. You’ll be able to use T-Mobile’s refarmed 1900 bandwidth HSPA+, but not AWS 1700/2100

  • JustinYounkiLee

    Is AWS HSPA+ reframed as well? Or is it available everywhere? And the reframed meaning I can get LTE but to 21 MBPS download speed right?

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @TiP_Cam Is AWS HSPA+ reframed as well? Or is it available everywhere? And the reframed meaning I can get LTE but to 21 MBPS download speed right?

  • jabombardier

    @JustinYounkiLee AWS HSPA+ Isn’t being refarmed. what is being done to AWS is the addition of LTE equipment over AWS.

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @TiP_Cam but would LTE be available for my phone?

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @jabombardier  @JustinYounkiLee but could just LTE without AWS (meaning without HSPA+ 42 MBPS) just HSPA+ 21 MBPS available for my IPhone 5 because that’s what I heard from people.

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @jabombardier  @JustinYounkiLee but could just LTE without AWS (meaning without HSPA+ 42 MBPS) just HSPA+ 21 MBPS available for my IPhone 5 because that’s what I heard from people.

  • jabombardier

    @JustinYounkiLee correct. You will have LTE over AWS but no HSPA+42 over AWS. You will have HSPA+21 over PCS. The new iPhone to be sold on April 12 will have all 3 4G bands which is HSPA+21 over PCS, HSPA+42 over AWS and LTE over AWS.

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @jabombardier ok that’s good. At least ill have the LTE right? Without 42 MBPS? Right?

  • jabombardier

    @JustinYounkiLee yes. You will have LTE without HSPA+42

  • TonyFella

    what month did they sell thise iphone 5′s with
    FH19
    FH1C
    FH1D
    FH1F
    FH1G
    FH1H

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @jabombardier nice! Is the speed 21MBPS??

  • jabombardier

    @JustinYounkiLee yes 21 Mbps over PCS

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @jabombardier what is a PCS? Metro PCS?

  • jabombardier

    @JustinYounkiLee PCS = Personal Communication Service.

  • hugogorian

    @JustinYounkiLee  @TiP_Cam you will be able to use LTE and the refarmed 1900mhz HSPA+ 21

  • Daniel K

    hi, my iphone 5 model A1429 last serial F8H2 factory unlock at&t, will get those speeds on tmobile ?

  • jabombardier

    @Daniel K 1429 is the CDMA model. So you will not get LTE.

  • hugogorian

    You will only able to use the refarmed HSPA+ 21, not LTE nor HSPA+ 42

  • JustinYounkiLee

    @Daniel K you won’t be able to use the LTE AWS 42MBPS. That’s only available for model A1428 and the last four codes like mentioned in the article. But you will be able to use the 4G not the LTE.

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