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Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers

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Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers
An internal iOS test build from an Apple carrier partner reveals that an iPhone with 4G LTE radio is being tested on the network. A property list file, found in the firmware, starts with the phrase "Connected mode LTE Intra-frequency measurement", and takes it from there to physical cell IDs, download and upload frequencies and bandwidth, antennas and so on, the whole nine yards.

Now it shouldn't come as a surprise that Apple has LTE in its plans, considering that this is slowly becoming the prevalent 4G standard of choice for major carriers, but hoping is one thing, and seeing it in black and white is more comforting endeavor. While this looks like a very early testing phase, and most probably won't make it in the September/October iPhone edition, we will most likely see LTE connectivity in an iPhone next year, when carriers like AT&T have moved along with their 4G Long Term Evolution networks.

source: BGR

Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers
Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers
Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers
Apple iPhone with LTE radio allegedly being tested out by carriers

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posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:11 6

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4432; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey better late than never. iPhone 6 looks to have LTE 4G. By this time next year all of the top 3 carriers will have LTE. AT&T, Verizon & Sprint will all have LTE. So I just hope that it's not too late for Apple then! lol

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 12:03 6

8. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Ignorance is bliss. 2 carriers in the US with LTE, one of them has nonexistent service, with only 3-4 LTE devices out on the market over all, only one of which (The Charge) doesn't suck.

Not to mention, your name is SuperAndroidEvo, meaning you probably have a Evo Android phone, which means that you have Sprint, which means that you don't even have a rumored LTE device, meaning you probably won't even see one until late 2012 maybe even early 2013, and even then your coverage will be s**t because of the late roll out.

Butttt you can continue to troll if you want. It makes it much easier to verify the negative stereotypes of Android users.

BTW, I down ranked you :)

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 12:59 4

9. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Where in his post did you see him trolling? Now you're the troll. You ugly green goblin thing.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:05 2

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


+1. And I also down-graded iweb.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 17:10

23. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


"Hey better late than never. iPhone 6 looks to have LTE 4G. By this time next year all of the top 3 carriers will have LTE. AT&T, Verizon & Sprint will all have LTE. So I just hope that it's not too late for Apple then! lol"

There you go. Thats where.

Now please show me what in my post was bias or even the slightest fanboyism. Since you clearly don't know what the word troll means.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 13:30 2

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4432; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Buddy, buddy, buddy, wow "Butttt you can continue to troll if you want. It makes it much easier to verify the negative stereotypes of Android users." iwebdroidberry7 by your gracious quote that I have bothered to copy down on this post, it looks like YOU are guilty of this "trolling" you speak of. You did everything that so call stereotype Android users do! I guess it's easy to verify the negative retardedness of iwebdroidberry7. lol Are you that stupid that you didn’t realize that? Synack noticed the true troll is you! So in your name you purposely put every type of OS so no one can say you are a "TROLL" huh? How cute, well just by your retarded post it looks like you are the sad sad delusional person. lol Anyway yes I do have a HTC Evo 3D & YES Sprint will have LTE & no YOU don't know that it will be up late 2012, so please stop your speculation. It's not trolling moron if it's a site for EVERYTHING MOBILE you fool, now if I posted on a dedicated Apple or iOS site then indeed it would be trolling. So don't go using terminology if you don't even know what it means, because now your credibility is on par with ROADKILL. lol Silly, silly little man. I called you a man because this time you didn't TRY to make fun of my Mother. WEAK little man! iSheep always hoping around NEVER making sense! lol

"BTW, I down ranked you :)"
Wow what a legend you are! YOU just ruined my day! lol

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 17:07

22. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Lmao you realize more that half of your post was pathetic name calling right? You sure taught me a lesson. My name is iwebdroidberry7 because I happen to own a devices from everyone of those respective OS's , I think that makes my opinion more credible than someone names SuperAndroidEvo lol. That not bias at all.

"Anyway yes I do have a HTC Evo 3D & YES Sprint will have LTE & no YOU don't know that it will be up late 2012, so please stop your speculation"

So you weren't speculating when you said this

"By this time next year all of the top 3 carriers will have LTE. AT&T, Verizon & Sprint will all have LTE. So I just hope that it's not too late for Apple then! lol"

Idk how I was trolling and none of your little fanboy followers above can seem to come up with a solid reason either, but you a a troll because you came to an APPLE related post spreading BS. And it wouldn't be that bad if it weren't for the fact that I have NEVER seen anything typed from you that has been positive about Apple. I praise Android all the time, and I have three Android devices that I use constantly. Trolling is trolling regardless of the website idiot.

Lmao and please tell me how Godly sprint is going to go from not even a rumored LTE release date, to full blown LTE coverage in a year? You are an idiot honestly.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 21:25 1

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4432; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Look I normally would not respond to such a worthless individual, but I do have some beef with you ever since you thought it was cute to try to make fun of my Mother. I come to PhoneArena.com to post just like you do. Show me where it says that I can't post on a particular article? Also it's not trolling if I am posting on a website in which I am a member of. Again you fail in your comprehension of the term "troll" or "trolling". I stand by what I said earlier. Your credibility is on par with ROADKILL. "Lmao and please tell me how Godly sprint is going to go from not even a rumored LTE release date, to full blown LTE coverage in a year? You are an idiot honestly." What does Sprint have to do with anything? We all know Sprint will have LTE because they planned for it. They said it’s easy to install LTE with their WiMAX towers because they ACTUALLY planned for this. The switch from WiMAX to LTE will be VERY seamless. From what I quoted you saying, it looks like you are instigating or whatever. I don’t know but that seems like “trolling” to me. Buddy every time you SPEAK you look like a total fool. Also don’t get mad at me for calling you names when YOU first called me a name. Anyone who can read can see that. Your name is does not make you more credible. Your comments should make you credible, too bad your credibility is on par with… well you know, and so does everyone else. lol You try to come out like you are so smart, type about other people trolling & all you actually do is troll. Let me guess its ok because you are neutral to all OS’s because of your silly name. Dude get real! At least I pick a side & don’t hide behind a false façade like you do. Read what you typed moron so you can see how silly & foolish you sound. I am quoting you “Trolling is trolling regardless of the website idiot.” How is it trolling if I am a member PhoneArena.com? Didn’t they put the article on their website so WE ALL CAN POST ON IT! So if I am trolling then EVERY MEMBER is a troll by YOUR STUPID LOGIC. LMAO Man you are such a funny in a VERY stupid way type of guy. Keep posting great stuff so people can see what great stupidity you have to offer. I guess where you come from stupidity is held in high esteem right? lol I really think my neighbor’s bull mastiff can make more sense than you. Sh*t the dead dog I passed this morning on my way to work makes more sense than you. lol

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 19:08

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


He does have a point sprint doesnt have any LTE coverage and probably won't until 2012. AT&T also has zero LTE coverage so far. T-Mobile has zero LTE coverage.

Verizon so far has a total of 3 LTE phones. So a 2012 LTE iPhone won't be late to market at all.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:30 1

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No surprise here from what I've read Apple tested the VZW iPhone for a couple of years before they released.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 13:21

11. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Again you spew a gaggle of pro crApple nonsense.
Apple had an exclusivity deal with AT&T for the iDiotPhone. And as for the release of the phone on Verizon, the exclusivity deal was going for renewal about 3 months before it was to expire AT&T didn't want to pay the huge increase Apple wanted to renew the deal and Apple wasn't thrilled with the connection problems AT&T was having with their network. The CDMA version went into testing about 6 months before all this for leverage against AT&T. They pushed it out quickly.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:26 1

17. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Can you prove they were testing CDMA only 6 months prior.

No matter what I think of most of Taco's comments, this isn't a bad one.

Apple generally waits on new tech types like LTE. Their timing isn't cutting edge but its not too late either. He is right, the only carrier that will have a HUGE LTE network by then is Verizon.

AT&T and Sprint will have a decent network up, at least big enough to support LTE if you only make 1 new phone a year.

Apple is very secretive, there is a reason Apple does a ton of "leak" tests with its own employees. These policies whether you like them or not actually work.

It would not surprise me one bit to know they were testing CDMA for over a year in some fashion or form. We only heard rumors maybe 6 mo.

Apple and Verizon were talking a lot longer then 6mo prior to release.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 15:40 1

21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


What are you talking about my statement isn't even pro Apple. I just said I read that Apple tested CDMA for a while.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 10:56 4

3. Rich (unregistered)


all the appleheads will be rejoycing their 4G phones..... and by then ill be surfing on my 5G.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:30 9

5. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


no you'll still be on 4g

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:29 2

4. huge battery (unregistered)


So the i5/i4S/iWhatever is going to need a honking sized battery especially considering the iPhones are a "closed" phone and you can't really get an "extended" battery for it like you can with others.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:33 7

6. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


No Apple will more than likely try to figure a way to make an LTE phone that isn't a battery hog because there is no way Apple is going to want to make a thicker phone because of the battery.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 13:16 1

10. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


They won't make it thicker, but they WILL make it bigger in the other 2 dimensions and call it iPad Nano.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 13:24

12. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Wait..... isn't the iDiotPhone4 thicker than it's predessors???????

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 03:13

28. Dynamite (unregistered)


no the iPhone 4 is the thinnest of all iPhone models

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:09 2

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, they will find a way to pack more mAh into a given physical dimension.... I do agree that battery consumption has kept LTE radios out of iPhone/iPads. Another option is for the LTE radio mfrs to release a new version with less power consumption.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 11:42 1

7. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well I would MAYBE get it if it worked on atts upcoming 4G Lte network. Well maybe not cuzi like android more. The only advantage I think att will have is that when people go out of the Lte are they will fall back to hspa+ which is faster than Verizon's 3G evdo. Over here in LA I have gotten up to 12 mbps on my infuse . Obviously that was a lucky day but on a regular basis I'm always getting 4-7 mbps much faster than my friends droid charge on 3G. I seen it happen with my friend and his droid charge he's used to getting 20-30 mbps on 4G but over here in LA Verizon doesn't have 4G everywhere and when his phone drops down to 3G its a major letdown for him cuz he gets used to fast speeds then when 3G kicks in he gets frustrated he doesn't even get. 1or 2 mbps. So yea that's the only advantage I see att customers having when att turns on LTE once they go out of the Lte area they will fall back to hspa+ which is much faster than Verizons 3G evdo so att users wont really see a difference in speed.. I tought bout it some more I think I will be sticking with android ..

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:29 1

18. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Verizon probably isnt gonna have to worry about that to much. There LTE footprint is gonna cover there whole 3g footprint by the end of 2013, so when your phone is dropping down to hspa+ your friend will most likely still be on LTE cause atts coverage really blows!!

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:23 4

16. iosmaster (Posts: 115; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


i really dont care about LTE my 3g speed a really deacent speeds for my everyday use ... also i care more of the upload than the download ,, here a leave u a just for fun vid made by iMovie just some minutes ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NITpMYUWkwo

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 20:08 2

25. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


You'll surely care when the iPhone has LTE...you may wonder what you ever did before it

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 14:34

19. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Good to hear...

Though at least for now, this will only really hurt VZW sales and only in their current LTE markets. The big iphone 5 push will not be hindered.

Sales will diminish as all the carriers expand LTE... The question will be by how much?

Also with tiered plans, LTE is negated a bit since it pretty much cuts much of the streaming media at the knees.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 15:15 1

20. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


@Allday28 I know I admit at&ts coverage blows. I been wanting to switch to Verizon for the longest only reason I don't its because there LTE phones don't work in Europe were my infuse does. But if the Droid bionic has LTE and gsm like they said it would a few weeks ago I would dump at&t in a heartbeat and switch to verizon. I know it was only a rumor but I really hope its true. Because I do go to Europe every 3 months to spain.

posted on 15 Aug 2011, 22:14

27. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I feel ya..

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