As announced during the keynote presentation, the iPhone 5 comes with a new wireless networking system that supports HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE bands. In total, the iPhone 5 supports 7 different bands from GPRS to LTE to meet global network requirements.
Apple will make three separate pieces of hardware to meet global demand, including two separate GSM models and one CDMA model.
In the US, the iPhone 5 will support LTE networks on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T as well as Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. AT&T will have their own specific model supporting LTE on the 700 and 1700 bands, with Verizon and Sprint carrying their own model supporting both their 3G and 4G LTE bands and three separate bands for international use.
All three US models support quad-band GSM and quad-band WCDMA/HSPA+ with 850/1900/1900/2100 support. None of these models will support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in the 1700 band, nor will it support the lower 700MHz band used by regional carriers like US Cellular.
iPhone 5 supports ultrafast wireless standards including LTE and DC-HSDPA, so you can browse, download and stream content even faster. To support the latest LTE technology, Apple has pioneered a unique single-radio LTE solution that provides blazing fast speeds while fitting perfectly into the new remarkably thin design. iPhone 5 features dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi support for a wireless experience up to 150 Mbps.***