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iPhone 5 specs hint at international LTE roaming -- eventually

Stephen Lawson | Sept. 20, 2012
U.S. buyers of the iPhone 5 won't have international LTE roaming when the highly anticipated device hits the street on Friday, but information from Apple, the FCC and carriers offers glimmers of hope that foreign LTE networks will be in reach eventually.

Meanwhile, the FCC documentation for the new iPhone also revealed what may be hints about future LTE rollouts within the U.S. Apple lists Model A1428 with LTE bands 4 and 17, which corresponds to the spectrum being used by its designated carriers, AT&T and three Canadian carriers. But at the FCC, that model also got certifications for LTE Bands 2 and 5. Band 2 is around 1.9GHz and Band 5 around 850MHz. It's likely that Apple included radios for those bands so AT&T can later convert spectrum it holds in those frequencies to LTE, analysts said.


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