Apple iPhone 6 is a truly global phone with record LTE bands count, see which countries you can use it in

Apple iPhone 6 is a truly global phone with record LTE bands count, see which countries you can use it in
The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support anywhere between 16 and 20 different LTE bands, depending on the model - a record for the phone industry, beating the previous iPhone 5s, iPad Air records by a large margin. This way you can use your US-bought iPhone 6 all over Europe and Asia with fast download speeds. 

Of course, Apple is cautioning that it depends on individual carrier settings, saying that "unlocked models may support LTE networks outside the country of purchase when using a valid SIM from a supported carrier. Contact your carrier for more details," but if history is any indication, most of the times you can just pop a local LTE SIM card if you've bought your device without a contract, and enjoy the blazing download speeds that the local carrier in question offers you.

Cutting through, if you buy the Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile iPhone 6/6 Plus models (A1549/A1522, respectively), and unlock them, you will be able to enjoy them not only on all major US carriers, save for Sprint, but also across the globe, with the notable exception of China Mobile, SoftBank in Japan, and a few others that use TD-LTE. 

If you, however, get the Sprint versions of the iPhone 6/6 Plus (A1586/A1524), you get all sixteen LTE bands of the A1549/A1522 versions, plus the added benefit of four extra TD-LTE bands 38 (TD 2600), 39 (TD 1900), 40 (TD 2300), 41 (TD 2500), for a truly global LTE phone for the first time in 4G history. Check out all the supported carriers in the slides below, and bear in mind that these are just the ones Apple has tested the new iPhones with, but they may very well work with other carriers that utilize the same LTE bands, too.

source: Apple

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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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59 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

This is one thing I like about the iPhone... the only thing I like about the iPhone. However, I'll stick with my Z2. Kudos to Apple for this though.

13. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Z2 has almost as many bands ( I forget the actual Z2 model number) and hopefully the Z3 and Z3 Compact will follow suit and add more.

38. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

jaytai0106, I agree with you!

46. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Where Motorola introduced the first tri-band phone in the Timeport in 1999, and Palm possibly introduced the first quad-band GSM phone in the Treo 600 in 2003 (this is the earliest one I could find, though it is probably not right), while Nokia introduced the first penta-band WCDMA phone in the N8 in 2010, here is Apple introducing an LTE Swiss-army knife in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now in 2014. The iPhone 5s had a bunch of LTE bands, but was missing some notable ones. They certainly didn't leave many LTE bands out this time around.

49. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Actually found the oldest quad-band GSM phone, the NEC 515 from 2002. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/NEC-515_id591 So there you go. NEC 515 is quad-band GSM in 2002. Nokia N8 is penta-band WCDMA in 2010. Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go 16-band LTE in 2014. Interesting progression, if you ask me.

61. d_scott

Posts: 4; Member since: May 31, 2016

It can be a bit of a problem when it comes to SIMs though. As a result, I just thought you might find this site useful if you are in need of a code to unlock your phone so you can enjoy its full benefits when you're travelling: unlockyoursim.com. It’s helped me quite a lot and comes highly recommended.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since they are using Cat 4 and not Cat 6 LTE, it doesn't reach higher speeds than 75 Mbps on the 2 biggest providers in the Netherlands (they work on the 800Mhz band). Most recent Android phones use Cat 6 LTE and can reach speeds of 150 Mbps on that band. Not to mention the max speed of Cat 6 is 300, Cat 4 max speed is 150. But those speeds won't be reached any day soon

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don't support Band 12, which is the band T-Mobile is rolling out the 700MHz spectrum in 2015. :/

36. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

LTE band 12 will be live before the end of the year 2014. :)

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"But those speeds won't be reached any day soon" That just made everything you said before pointless since it's theoretical not tested and proven.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You should read better. Cat 4 still won't go over 75 Mbps in my country while Cat 6 does go to 150. At the moment. So not in the future, but right now. And the full speed of Cat 6 LTE will be 1-2 years max. It's not theoretical, just not implemented. This means a current Cat 4 device won't get the max speed in less than 2 years, while the others will.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Again theory. Cat 6 is fairly new. You're jumping way ahead of the curve.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ericsson and Qualcomm already had tests where they managed those speeds. Also 1 big provider rolled out one area of 4G+ delivering speeds up to 225Mbps. So no.. not theory but it won't be implemented tomorrow.

51. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Anything is possible in a lab environment. Sprint hit the record with 1gbps (gigabit) at their lab in Silicon Valley but that's not happening anytime soon in real world speeds.

55. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yet the test area of one of those providers are working on 4G+ are doing speeds of 225mbps. Not in a lab environment, but with live users, in an entire region. Might not be 300mbps yet, still a lot quicker than the maximum of Cat 4. And things do go quickly when it comes to tech. And agreed, under normal circumstances, they rarely make it to the max speed. Let's say 50% is average. 50% of 300 is still a lot more than 50% of 150.

34. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol you are hilarious. Yes you won't be able to reach the theoretical peak of cat 6 lte in while, probably never. However, that isn't the point. The point is average cat 6 speeds are still way better than average cat 4 speeds so whether each reach the full potential or not is completely irrevelent. Cat 6 is here now and its faster period. I remember the same itards making the same arguments when the 4s was standard 3g and the GS2 was hspa +.

29. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

You are right normally in real word situations carriers can only achieve 1/3 the speeds of a said technology because of : 1) non full scale implementation . 2) network congestion . 3) concrete infrastructure that obstructs the signal . 4) well iPhone is metal so it has a hard time getting the bars ( my 5s does ).

41. leroy98

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 29, 2014

Tested with a Galaxy Alpha (4G+) and iPhone 5S on Vodafone NL: gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_message/42820816​#42820816 So yes you will be able to reach 75mbit/s with a iPhone 5S. With T-Mobile Netherlands you will reach theoretical 150mbit/s. Most speedtests around 75 mbit/s down and 30 mbit/s up. I've seen speeds of 140mbit/s.

56. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The iPhone 6 (which has a faster LTE than 5S) is able to reach the full 1500mpbs on T-mobile, since they work on the 1800 band. KPN & Vodafone uses 800 band though, which limits it to 75.

39. torr310

Posts: 1703; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

For real, most cases are the speed cannot reach the optimized rate. My verizon 4G speed has been dropped for a long time, especially at the peak hours. I would prefer the carriers spending more money on the coverages over the speed (but should still be over 4MB/s).

3. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

I am sure that it doesn support more than thoso countries, israel has lte and it will be funny for the iphone 6 not to support lte in israel i will lol at isheip

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

9 countries is a "truly global LTR phone"?

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Those are probably just the launch partners. Look at where the 5S can work with less LTE bands.

14. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even if the country lacks LTE at least it can be used on HSPA+ which is good enough.

19. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I know, my point was that Apple is only showing the countries it is launching in currently. Since the guy I responded to was being an idiot. But yeah, HSPA+ is fast enough for pretty much anything you would want to do on a phone.

45. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

hey kid, if you don't know how to discuss without offending people, ask your parents if they can teach you good manners...

48. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Hey, if you weren't so obtuse I wouldn't have to be. If you paid attention you would've noticed that it was the same places where the iPhone is launching. If you didn't notice...well, I don't think my word choice was wrong in that case.

57. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

OK, you got reported, if your parents if your parents are unable to teach you manners, maybe PA can.

58. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Reported for what? It isn't spam, it is in English, it isn't bad language. Just because you are upset that you got called out on your crap attempt at trolling isn't a good enough reason for them to do anything. It isn't my fault that you can't handle any critique of your comment, or that it hurt your feelings when I said you were being an idiot with that comment(since you were with that comment, there's no way you honestly believed the LTE will only work in 9 countries when the 5S works in most countries in the world that have LTE networks.) P.S. - I didn't report you even though you are making personal attacks to both my parents and I, unlike me who just said you were purposefully acting liking an idiot with your comment and said you were being obtuse. Also, I'm not a kid, seeing how you responded and acted like I made personal slights against you it seems like you are pretty young though.

5. leekielowe

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Pop Quiz......What all of these bands and innovative features, Now will I be able to browse the internet while on a phone call with the Verizon version? Currently my 5s can't do that.

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