There will be multiple versions of the iPhone 5
The two model numbers are A1428 and A1429. The 1428 model is a GSM/UMTS device with LTE support in bands 4 and 17. The 1429 model supports CDMA with EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, GSM/UMTS, and LTE support in bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25. The 1429 model is listed again, as a GSM/UMTS model with LTE support in bands 1, 3, and 5.
What does this mean? It means that switching carriers with the same device may prove problematic if you want to continue to use LTE for data. It also means that those that want to switch from a GSM carrier to a CDMA carrier with their iPhone will not be able to do so at all. If you are the type of person who waits a couple months for the fervor of a new device to subside, then pick up a new or lightly used one on eBay or elsewhere, you will want to play close attention to the model number to make sure it is compatible with your intended carrier.
1. JC557 (Posts: 1266; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
It'll probably be a matter of time till someone figures out how to unlock the CDMA phone. Shame about the different LTE bands.
3. cncrim (Posts: 689; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Applelearn thst from iphone 4s and close the loop hole but jb community will might come up something that can overcome that.
5. doejon (Posts: 392; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
yes apple lockup more and more^^
iphone 5 the start of the end of apple
6. jubjub2398 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
The fact that there is a version with 4g Lte and that Samsung has many of the patents concerning that technology, means that Samsung is going to jump on this opportunity along with HTC and Motorola to Sue Apple's pants off...
11. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Hey Maxwell (Dynamite) can you point me to the news where Apple said that there'll be multiple phones? I think you need to check your sources more carefully before posting a "News" like this one. Apple did not state in any form that there'll be multiple devices. In fact the Wed. at the Apple event when they showed the A6 chip they said all of those bands and networks were in that one chip. Look at the event again.