Apple iPhone 5S and 5C set new LTE record: US carrier versions sport up to 13 global bands

Apple iPhone 5S and 5C set new LTE record: US carrier versions sport up to 13 global bands
Apple's mention that the iPhone 5C supports most LTE bands of all smartphones during the keynote address really piqued our interest, as global LTE devices have been a pipe dream so far, with all the competing bands and frequencies. We know Qualcomm was working on a multiband LTE modem, and probably its variations are what is present on the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, judging from the vast carrier support table Apple just put up.

So far the octaband LTE king has been 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, depending on the region they will be sold at, with 7-13 LTE bands support each. The most bands are supported by the model that will be sold on Sprint and the Japanese carriers SoftBank and KDDI, so if you pick that one unlocked, there is a good chance it will work on most LTE networks worldwide.

Apple actually promises that "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," so Sprint iPhone users are in luck, but the 11-band 5S and 5C models on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are not far behind either, ensuring LTE coverage in Europe and Australia, for instance.

source: Apple

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And in two months another phone will break the record. Nothing new here...

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And when those other phones do it, fans won\'t hesitate to scream innovation. Just imagine if the S IV was the first to have the 64-bit processor. A whole different story

5. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

As if you will be able to make use of 4GB memory in a mobile app! What app is going to make use of 64-bit wide data path? Even MS Excel 2013 suggests users to use 32-bit. Only app that is constrained by 32-bit will make any reasonable use of 64-bit system. How many such apps have you come across so far? BTW, ARM A15 already makes use of 40-bit LPAE with 1TB addressable memory. Did it make any difference at all?

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The iPhone 5S hasn\'t even released yet and Infinity blade 3 ALREADY uses the 64-bit processor. Excel has powerful tools, but it\'s core functions are actually pretty simple and straight-forward. Do 99.9% of excel users even use the program for more than simple formulas and graphs? And despite your efforts to show how much this won\'t matter, it still doesn\'t change the fact that if any other company came up with this processor, it would by considered innovative.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I bet it doesn't do LTE-A, which is the next big thing.

4. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

By next you mean 10 years from now outside of Korea.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

About a 100 carriers are planning an LTE-A network including North American, European and Asian ones, and about a dozen will get green light early 2014. So there you have it.

8. papss unregistered

It's hilarious to see so many fandroids hate as usual. So if apple does something it's not needed but if android did it then its amazing and can't be matched... This is Nokia camera tech all over again.., now I'm sure you will rebuttal with some nonsense that you spin in your head but no matter... Everyone knows why someone backlashes on another product. I'm no apple guy but many of you are absolutely pathetic and its funny to see.

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

The A1533 CDMA model (Verizon 5S) supports all the same LTE bands as the A1533 GSM model. The A1533 CDMA model also supports the same GSM frequencies as the A1533 GSM model. Hence, even if you are with AT&T or T-Mobile, would it not make sense to get an unlocked A1533 CDMA model ... which would then allow you to swap between Verizon OR AT&T OR T-Mobile. The iPhone 5 did not allow that as the LTE bands supported by the AT&T version were not the same as the Verizon version. With the 5S 1533 models now supporting the same LTE bands ... it makes he Verizon version more appealing ... at least in the US. Am I missing something?

10. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Or get an unlocked Sprint version and get access to all of the bands available for those phones and a few more lte bands to use on Sprint and some asian carriers.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.