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  • More Clues from Korean Carriers That New iPhone is LTE Ready


    As if we require another chunk of evidence that the next generation iPhone will support LTE connectivity, here it is. According to well-placed sources speaking with The Korea Times, support for Long Term Evolution is coming next month with the 6th-gen iPhone's release.

    "SK Telecom and KT are in talks to offer long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity on Apple’s next handset," the report reads. If sources close to the Korean carriers are correct, Apple is actively pursuing relationships and partnerships with appropriate carrier networks to bring the iPhone's LTE ambitions to fruition.

    "KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone,’’ one KT source told the Times while refusing to be publicly identified.

    The company, which joined the race for LTE-enabled smartphones later rivals SK and LG, is trying to persuade Apple to have its new iPhone support LTE connectivity, according to KT officials.
    As MMi has reported in recent days, current plans allegedly call for the new iPhone to be introduced at an Apple media event on or around September 12th.

    Source: The Korea Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: More Clues from Korean Carriers That New iPhone is LTE Ready started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Host_Killer View Post
      No offense... But it would be suicide of a device to be released without LTE. It's bad enough the 4S wasn't LTE.
      If the only option was to have LTE for the US market, then it would be suicide for the iPhone in the rest of the world. Better to wait until it can support worldwide LTE
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skodwarde View Post
      so for those of us who are grandfathered into an unlimited 3G plan, getting a 4G LTE plan is gonna cap my data right?
      This is only true on Verizon right now.

      If you're on AT&T they are still letting you keep your unlimited when you go to 4G (though you have a 5GB soft cap).
    1. iPhonePutz's Avatar
      iPhonePutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by skodwarde View Post
      so for those of us who are grandfathered into an unlimited 3G plan, getting a 4G LTE plan is gonna cap my data right?
      That's what I'm really concerned about. My $20 unlimited plan was increased when I got the 3GS and I'm pretty sure they'll do the same for the next upgrade, but I won't get any more data, I'll just get it faster. Which opens the door to busting whatever cap is in place and paying even more. In the end, I look at LTE as nothing more than another way for the carriers to bend me over.

      Tario - any word on a price hike for us grandfathered unlimited people like they did for 3G data upgrade?
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      If the only option was to have LTE for the US market, then it would be suicide for the iPhone in the rest of the world. Better to wait until it can support worldwide LTE
      The amount of different E-UTRA bands such an iPhone would have to support to have decent global coverage is ludicrous. The price of such a radio chip would throw the iPhone out of the market totally, assuming such a single chip exists and can be mass-produced at sufficient yields. Never mind how much voltage that chip would require to operate on all those frequencies.

      Apple might be able to get away with a global LTE phone with ten bands (I [2100 IMT], III [900 GSM], VII [2600 IMT-E], VIII [800 GSM], X [superset of IV, 1700/2100 AWS], XII [Lower A/B/C 700], XIII [Upper C 700], XX [800 "EU Digital Dividend"], XXV [superset of II, 1900 PCS], XXVI[superset of V, 850 Cellular and XVIII, 1850 ESMR]). The current iPhone has four GSM bands, five UTMS bands, and two CDMA bands. Adding ten more to that... not an easy feat.

      Unless Qualcomm has done some major baseband voodoo, or Apple is content to have at least four regional iPhone models with four different baseband configurations, we're probably not going to see "One LTE/CDMA/GSM iPhone (or any phone) To Rule Them All" for at least eighteen more months.

      If there's anyone that could pull it off, though, it's probably Apple.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      iPhone 5 = 6th Gen .. Lol
      No.
      That would be the iPhone 5S
    1. Germanese's Avatar
      Germanese -
      Will that be Tmobile Compatible 4G ? Or Tmobile Data bandwidth still in the odds ?
    1. Tario70's Avatar
      Tario70 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhonePutz View Post
      That's what I'm really concerned about. My $20 unlimited plan was increased when I got the 3GS and I'm pretty sure they'll do the same for the next upgrade, but I won't get any more data, I'll just get it faster. Which opens the door to busting whatever cap is in place and paying even more. In the end, I look at LTE as nothing more than another way for the carriers to bend me over.

      Tario - any word on a price hike for us grandfathered unlimited people like they did for 3G data upgrade?
      As far as I've been able to read, with AT&T, the price stays at $30 for unlimited (5 GB soft-cap) 4G. Unlike Verizon, AT&T does not appear to be forcing people over to their share plans or forcing someone to change plans if they get a new phone with the subsidy. This could all change with the a new iPhone, though, so I guess we'll find out in September. Personally, I'm going to hang on to my unlimited as long as possible, however, I plan on getting the new iPhone as my launch day 3GS is a bit long in the tooth.
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      No.
      That would be the iPhone 5S
      I don't think you understand.
    1. soidroidios's Avatar
      soidroidios -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tario70 View Post
      As far as I've been able to read, with AT&T, the price stays at $30 for unlimited (5 GB soft-cap) 4G. Unlike Verizon, AT&T does not appear to be forcing people over to their share plans or forcing someone to change plans if they get a new phone with the subsidy. This could all change with the a new iPhone, though, so I guess we'll find out in September. Personally, I'm going to hang on to my unlimited as long as possible, however, I plan on getting the new iPhone as my launch day 3GS is a bit long in the tooth.
      With a 3gs? That is when you definitely have to update. That device will be puked out by Apple soon. In keeping up with Apple tech, it is always best to not go further than 2 generations behind if you can't get the latest. (Like me)
    1. Memo2001's Avatar
      Memo2001 -
      My bro just got galaxy s3 today
      I think apple should release wonderful iphone
      Iphone5 vs. galaxy s3