Next iPhone Supporting LTE on All Carriers?

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Earlier this week, we told you about some comments made about the potential hardware of Apple’s next iPhone, courtesy of a T-Mobile executive. The big take-away from that was hearing that the chips Apple is supposedly looking at for this iPhone 5’s cellular radio would finally be capable of operation on the AWS band used by T-Mobile for 3G service. This morning, a new report from a Morgan Stanley financial analyst also targets the idea of a broadly-compatible iPhone 5, claiming the smartphone will be up for operation on all 3G and LTE networks.

While that bit about the phone’s 3G performance isn’t surprising, we’ve yet to see an LTE smartphone in the States arrive on multiple carriers. That’s partly due to AT&T just really starting-up service so recently, and likely also due to incompatibility in regards to 3G and voice services between the carriers. Knowing Apple, we wouldn’t have been that surprised to learn about plans to make an LTE iPhone one carrier’s temporary exclusive. Now, though, the possibility of such a 4G handset coming to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint simultaneously is an intriguing one – one worth following-up on as plans surrounding the phone solidify.

Source: BGR

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!