There will be multiple versions of the iPhone 5

There will be multiple versions of the iPhone 5
Unlike the iPhone 4S, which contained all the wireless bands in a single device, the new iPhone 5 has two distinct models. On top of that, out of the two distinct models are actually three different sets of wireless network bands supported.

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.

source: Apple

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11 Comments

1. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

2. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

smart move apple did something right

3. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 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: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

yes apple lockup more and more^^ iphone 5 the start of the end of apple

6. jubjub2398

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 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: Dec 17, 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.

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