Mod Enables T-Mobile LTE on Jailbroken iPhone 5


Since T-Mobile’s announcement the other day that it’s finally bringing the iPhone on board, we’ve learned a bit about just how this hardware will work. While it’s largely the GSM iPhone 5 already available on AT&T, the phone’s radio compatibility is being tweaked to function not only on T-Mobile LTE, but also on its 3G bands. From what we heard, phones with these capabilities will only be available as newly-purchased T-Mobile models, and existing AT&T-compatible GSM models can’t be software upgraded to perform the same. Well, it turns out that’s not entirely true, as word of a jailbreak hack has emerged that offers at least some degree of high-speed T-Mobile access.

Bad first news: this is just for T-Mobile LTE. As far as we know, there’s still no way to get your iPhone 5 operating on 1700MHz HSPA+ without buying a new phone.

That said, if you’ve got a jailbroken GSM iPhone 5 – either an AT&T model that you’ve had the carrier unlock, or one bought unlocked from the get-go, you can enable LTE support for T-Mobile. At the moment, that’s of limited use, seeing as T-Mobile LTE is only live in a handful of markets, but coverage is only going to get better.

If you’re feeling brave and live in a market where T-Mobile LTE is now available, we’d love to hear about your experiences with this hack in the comments.

Source: LeiMobile
Via: 9to5 Mac

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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 bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!