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Next iPhone likely won't support LTE or WiMAX

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Next iPhone likely won't support LTE or WiMAX
This is probably the last iPhone 5 rumor you’ll ever see (hopefully) and it seems that it comes only to tone down expectations a bit - the new iPhone won’t support LTE or WiMAX, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing “people familiar with the company’s plans.”

The new handset will only support EV-DO and HSPA+ speeds, which go for 4G as well, but are a far cry from the speeds offered by LTE and WiMAX. The Journal doesn’t go into much detail about what could be the cause - but our guess is battery life was among the biggest concerns as well as design restrictions.

Sprint is now widely believed to offer the next-gen iPhone along with Verizon and AT&T, but here’s where rumors take two paths - it could turn out that the iPhone 5 is a Sprint exclusive (unlikely) or that the iPhone 5 arrives a month later on the Now Network. Tune in at 10AM PST | 12PM CST | 1PM EST | 6PM GMT when all details will finally be revealed.

source: WSJ

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posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:15

1. angel rosado (unregistered)

Everybody should have the chance to have the iphone5. lets make it happen Apple

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:26

3. Synack (Posts: 681; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

If a company utilizes Wi-Max properly then it can have almost as good battery life out of 4G as 3G. Also Wi-Max has been around for a while now so I'm sure they've made much newer, faster, smaller, and less energy demanding Wi-Max chips. I think the iPhone5 needs and deserves Wi-Max.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:36

4. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

It's a marketing nightmare though. I think Apple would rather have a straightforward answer to the question "Is the iPhone 5 a 4G phone?"

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 09:55 2

5. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

LTE or bust for me

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:05

6. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

no point if you dont have the speed to do anything "sexy"

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:08

7. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)



posted on 04 Oct 2011, 10:55

8. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Damn! Oh dear. This thing will still smoke the competition in the way its predecessor did but no LTE is not good.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:00

9. DoctorWho (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Aug 2008)

No 4G? Pass for me. That was the only feature I was truly looking forward to in the next-gen iPhone.

Waiting for Nexus Prime! Give us some more leaks today!

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:36

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

HSPA+ is a far cry from wimax speeds?! Isn't HSPA+ faster than wimax?

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:45

12. bossmt_2 (Posts: 454; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

The lack of LTE is more the bummer. And for Sprint users, WiMax is much faster than EVDO. It hurts Verizon and Sprint not to have 4G. Sure not the AT&T users as much since LTE isn't launched fully for AT&T.

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 11:39

11. bossmt_2 (Posts: 454; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

It's not shocking, pretty much everyone was saying this was gonna happen. When the original iPhone launched it was a 2G device when damned near every smartphone on the market was 3G. Anyway, Next year's iPhone will be the new one, this year's will be the 3GS to the iPhone 4. Their big improvement is iOS features.

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