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SK Telecom wants Apple to launch an LTE-Advanced iPhone

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SK Telecom wants Apple to launch an LTE-Advanced iPhone
Commercial availability of LTE-Advanced wireless service is now a reality, at least in some parts of the world. Just days ago, the upgraded Samsung Galaxy S4 model, with Snapdragon 800 SoC and LTE-A support, was announced for SK Telecom in Korea. The smartphone is theoretically capable of hitting 150Mbps download speeds, which is crazy fast no matter how we look at it. Yet the carrier wants to have as many as seven LTE-Advanced devices running on its network, and one of them might be the rumored Apple iPhone 5S

According to sources familiar with the carrier's operations, SK Telecom has initiated talks with Apple about producing an iPhone compatible with its LTE-A infrastructure. Whether the deal has been sealed or not is not clear at this time. All we know is that the two parties are "in the middle of negotiations". “There's no reason for Apple not to use the LTE-A technology,” the source added.

LTE-Advanced is not only faster in terms of data transfer speeds, but also capable of distributing that data more efficiently. One of the many advantages of LTE-A over previous technologies is that it supports carrier aggregation, which increases network speeds and improves latency by combining the radio channels of two mobile operators within the same frequency band or across different bands. 

Other rumors related to the iPhone 5S have been circulating the web, suggesting that the smartphone will have a larger battery and a dual-LED flash, but will not introduce any changes in terms of external design. The device is expected to arrive later in 2013 alongside a cheaper, colorful iPhone model.  

source: Korea Times via Engadget

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posted on 01 Jul 2013, 08:50 2

1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2159; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


SK Telecom wants Apple to launch an LTE-Advanced iPhone? Well, let's see--Apple sat on the LTE bench for 2 years with the 4 & 4S, anyone wanna take bets on how many iterations of the iPhone will skip LTE-A? Starting the odds off at 1.01/1 for the 5s...

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:28

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Well the early LTE radios were battery hogs, just look at the HTC Thunderbolt. Now they're drastically better, and plus coverage can be expected in all major areas.

LTE-A hasn't even begun a roll-out in the US, and even then only Verizon is ready to get it started. LTE-A would have to roll out to cover major cities at least, and even then, only one carrier would be at that point.

It all depends on how fast these carriers wanna get those cells up and running.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 08:52 1

2. DarkShadow (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


like apple say ...l want that too

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 10:02

4. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


This would make Apple relevant again. I believe that the only way you can stay relevant in This "technology race" is to be one of the first to offer something before the rest of the competition can catch up. Apple would attract customers by "thinking outside the box" with having an LTE-A phone before almost everyone else. I know that it isnt available, but the idea is to be ready for it when it is. I dont like Apple, but even I would be impressed if they did that

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 11:22 6

6. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Almost! But their main rival Sammy has already got it out! :)

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 11:51 1

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2159; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yeah, where ya been, man?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-LTE-A-with-Snapdragon-800-finally-unboxed_id44485

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 12:29

10. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Ive been reading posts, but havent commented on them as much as I normally do

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 11:21

5. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


iPhone 6 with Snapdragon 800. :D

P.S.: Not saying only Snapdragon can have LTE-A.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 11:55 1

8. slyhounddog (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


no way! apple makes their own crappy processors. Pride, and a terrible battery, will stop them from striking any kind of deal with qualcomm to get the SD or LTE-A. You're welcome.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 12:08

9. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Was just a joke bro! I know they make others to make a processor of their own.

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