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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59 Comments

50. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

The title is somewhat just an overreaction from PA when they write articles about Apple, or maybe Samsung.

47. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Most phones have additional bands that are not "officially" supported.. My LG G Pro 2 F350S (South Korean model) doesn't list band 17 700mhz for AT&T but works fine. Oh.. And it's a awesome phone.

43. sraj49

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I have a sprint Nexus 5 ( CDMA network) and I travel a lot. I am in Australia and all I need is a local SIM Card GSM and I pop it in and the the phone works without any issue. nThe same thing when I go to India. This has been there for a long time and not exclusive to iPhones...

54. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

The Nexus is also a beast when it comes to international support of CDMA, GSM and LTE bands but I think you can buy it unlocked directly from Google or Sprint unlike other non-Nexus phones which are usually carrier locked from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

37. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

where is india??? 2300mhz band are supported in india.

35. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

No LTE band 12. T-Mobile customers who'll get the new iPhones will be disappointed when they learn their new, shiny, and expensive iPhones won't get optimum LTE data speeds, coverage, and performance especially building penetration. This topic has been hot all over the internet. A lot of people are furious about Apple's decision. I hope this can fixed via software update. If it's a hardware problem then better wait for the iPhone 6s.

42. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

So far only Galaxy Avant supports this band. That is a big failure on TMobile part. They should have worked with OEMs for better part of this year to make sure they are including this frequency in their hardware.

44. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Sony Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Motorola Moto X (2014) will have LTE band 12. Seems like those 3 companies did their homework.

53. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

What's up with that? Sounds like a classic Apple tactic to get customers to buy the next version of the iPhone by "leaving something out". They did the same thing last year with Sprint Spark. The previous gen 5S, 5C iPad Air and iPad Mini only support dual band Sprint LTE and not triband. The new iPhone 6 and iPads now have Spark triband support. I wonder if they will do the same with Verizon XLTE bands.

33. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

This is the only good with iphones. Others OEMs should do the same.

28. DaBigDogg

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

And good luck getting Sprint to unlock your iPhone so you can actually *use* all those bands...

52. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Sprint will unlock the phone if you are traveling internationally, you have to call Sprint Worldwide Care. Our company just did that with our iPhones for traveling overseas but it wasn't even necessary as we keep the Sprint SIM card and phone number.

25. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Actually 10 countries. This must be a record, LOL!

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

we have to purchase this midrange phone in double the price and still we cant have cat 6... cat 6 will be available soon, so iphone 6 is good for only 5 or 6 months... either you have to switch to other phone or you have to stick with 75mbps speed for long time

20. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Cat 4 is 150mbps duh....

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Cat 4 do have 150mbps but it is not crossing 75mbps...

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Cat 4 does have 150mbps speed, just not on 800 band.

22. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

g3 prime with cat6 way to go..

8. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Lacks LTE band 12 700 MHz block A for T-Mobile USA. Epic failure by Apple again.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They don't even have band 12 up yet. That's not a fail.

24. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

LTE band 12 will be up LIVE at the end of this year. The most revolutionary and innovative company on the planet can't even foresee the immediate and imminent upcoming lte bands? How can they possibly miss that?

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Phone's not for you broseph. Stop crying like a little girl and get a phone that supports your future LTE band 12 on tmobile. Get one of these phones. https://sites.google.com/site/cellularbinder/compatible-phones

32. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I already know that that's why I'm picking up Sony Xperia Z3. Thanks for the link, though.

18. wrm2013

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so should I keep my s5 handy?

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.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

From what Apple support told me we still can't talk and web at the same time. They would have had to add more radios is what the support team told me. I'm disappointed cuz I was hoping for that as we'll. I use it a lot on my S5 and G3

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Really? Still aren't able to? That's kind of a huge deciding factor imo.

15. JC557

Posts: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Wait, even on LTE the Verizon iPhone can't browse the web/ maps during a call? Wonder what the reasoning behind that was as it clearly didn't make a difference battery life-wise.

23. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wait.... Apple updated its info and it looks like the Verizon iPhone 6 will be able to web and talk..... F@ck yeah!!!!! So happy. And the reason why older iPhones couldn't was due to limited radios. I guess Androids have multiple radios. I'm definitely getting the iPhone 6plus now.

31. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Apple blames Verizon for this. However, Android devices are able to use voice and data simultaneously; therefore, is Apple inability to add extra radio, prevents simultaneous voice and data on CDMA network. I'm sure when volte is implemented, no longer will be an issue.

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