With the New iPad ‘3’ launching earlier this year and making it the first iOS device to be compatible with 4G LTE radios, the next logical upgrade would have to be the next-generation iPhone i.e. iPhone 5.
While Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are busy building their LTE networks, the fourth largest carrier in the US, T-Mobile, seemed to be left behind. Well now T-Mobile has come forward and stated that their network will be compatible with the iPhone later this year, even if it isn’t selling it.
T-Mobile iPhone 5 will be able to utilize LTE bands
T-Mobile added that it had tapped Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens for its $4 billion 4G LTE deployment, and that it secured its spectrum from AT&T just last week as part of the merger breakup fee.
Now while there have been no details of a possible T-Mobile iPhone 5, Apple has lately been producing iPhone 4S variants for the many regional carriers in the US which have a much smaller subscriber base than T-Mobile. This may be a sign that Apple is ready to expand distribute its smartphone to more than just the top 3 carriers when it comes to the US market.
We’ll keep you posted as more develops.