LTE bands between 7 and 13 will be covered by the new iPhone 5S and 5C
One of the important things nowadays for smartphone manufacturers is that they produce a device that has a wide range of LTE bands coverage and install a modem that will have the capabilities needed. All the competing bands and frequencies have been a pipe dream so far and it is really hard to cover a lot of them especially on a global scale.
Well, Apple has taken that into consideration and now the new devices will support anywhere between 7 and 13 bands of LTE depending on the region. We all know that Qualcomm has been working for a long time on multiband modem and probably its variations are what is now available on both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.
So far the octaband LTE leader was the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, but it turns out that there will be four model numbers for each of the newly-announced 5S and 5C. What is more, depending on the region, as we have said, anywhere between 7-13 LTE bands will be supported. The most bands supported will be the model that will be sold on Sprint and the Japanese carriers SoftBank and KDDI. So, if you decided to pick up unlocked device there is a decent chance it will work on most of the LTE bands worldwide.
“unlocked iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 models may support LTE networks outside the country of purchase when using a valid SIM from a supported carrier,” this is what the statement of Apple claims for the technology and this immediately means that the Sprint users are in great luck.
However, AT&T and Verizon, and T-Mobile are not far behind as you can imagine, ensuring LTE coverage in Europe and Australia, for instance, which would spice up competition qute a bit so there would be nothing certain when it comes to sales.