iPhone 5 to go LTE on 36 more carriers next week

iPhone 5 to go LTE on 36 more carriers next week

As part of their Q1 2013 conference call, Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced that the iPhone 5 would gain LTE 4G data service on 36 additional carriers next week. The iPhone 5 currently enjoys LTE on carriers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. Korea, Germany, and Japan, among others. Slower than anticipated global LTE rollouts, however, have kept the numbers relatively low.

Apple reportedly only flips the LTE bit on carriers they've certified themselves, so an unlocked iPhone 5 won't get LTE unless the carrier its on has a deal in place with Apple. According to Cook, next week Finland, Switzerland, the Philippines, and several middle eastern countries -- 36 in total around the world -- will be jumping to LTE speeds.

Here's Apple's current list of iPhone 5 LTE carriers. I'm curious to see all the additional flags join it come next week. If you're in one of the new LTE countries, or have heard any specifics about which carriers will be going LTE, let me know.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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iPhone 5 to go LTE on 36 more carriers next week


Rumor has it that next week Vodafone Italia is going to be the first LTE Apple certified carrier in Italy :)

It would be nice if Apple's chart would list the regional US carriers who carry the iPhone as well as the Big 3. There are a lot of them.

Shame they can’t get it on the carriers IN THE US but they can almost everywhere else in the world… Too few cans and a string shortage here must be the reason… stupid fuc*** carriers.

Its is rumored that one of the countries in which the LTE network will now work is Mexico .There are 3 mayor carriers (Telcel, Iusacell, and Movistar) who already have a 4G Network and are only waiting for a carrier update from Cupertino.

Local operators here in Finland have been LTE-capable for a long time already, but Apple has refused to enable LTE on iPhone 5 on any of them. The reason is, according to the operators, that Apple started its 4G testing only after the iPhone 5 launch, not before it. Therefore, the operators have been forced to sell iPhone 5 as a 3G-only device (despite the EUR 700-900 price tag) and offer customers looking for a 4G phone other devices (e.g. less expensive Nokia Lumias, which have been selling out consistently.)

One perceives Apple is treating the operators and also their + Apple's own customers here in a very arrogant manner. I guess they can afford that... for now.

Update: My own operator informed the media today that they had received no prior communication from Apple that 4G would be enabled on iPhone 5 next week. They read it in the official statement like their customers!

I wonder how long they'll submit to taking it in the a** from Apple... reminds me of dealing with 90s monopoly Microsoft and how everyone was looking for an alternative to escape from its tyranny. No wonder they are promoting Windows Phone so eagerly.