T-Mobile Will Sell a Tweaked A1428 iPhone

03/26/2013 14:32

 

The iPhone 5 that T-Mobile will be selling on April 12th will be a tweaked version of the A1428 iPhone (the iPhone that AT&T uses). T-Mobile needs to tweak the A1428 to work with the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands.

According to an Apple representative that spoke to Engadget this morning at the T-Mobile event, the existing A1428 can’t be updated to support AWS.

Apple’s enabling support of the AWS bands from the factory on the new guy – and sadly, Apple affirmed to us that it's not something that can be enabled via a simple software update for A1428 iPhone units already in circulation. To say that another way, existing iPhone 5 owners on AT&T cannot simply apply a software patch to have AWS support added. You'll need to buy a new phone next month.

On April 12th Apple will start selling the tweaked A1428, which will be unlocked and work with T-Mobile and AT&T. This means that AT&T might sell the tweaked A1428 as well.

The reason T-Mobile need the tweaked version is due to the speed of the phone. The original A1428 will work with T-Mobile, but it will not notably slower than the tweaked version.

Source: Engadget

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