FCC clears T-Mobile's iPhone 5 for AWS bandwidths
By AppleInsider Staff
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 11:24 PMText Size
Coming on the heels of T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" event, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission published its report of the new A1428 iPhone 5 model bound for the carrier's network, complete with Advanced Wireless Services support.
FCC test photo of T-Mobile's iPhone 5. | Source: FCC
First spotted by Engadget
, the FCC report details
the T-Mobile iPhone 5, including RF exposure and performance. Photos of the device are also found in the document
, though the handset is cosmetically unchanged from current iterations.
It was reported earlier on Tuesday that, while still bearing the A1428 model number as the AT&T version, T-Mobile's iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ on AWS bandwidths
, a feature not activated in Apple's existing handsets. The smartphone supposedly come modified straight from the factory, meaning AT&T iPhone 5 owners are unable to activate AWS capabilities with a firmware update.
However, once the phone launches on T-Mobile's network on April 12
, Apple is said to be replacing the older A1428 with the new AWS-supporting model.
T-Mobile is the last of the "Big Four" U.S. wireless telecoms to become an Apple partner carrier, and will feature the handset as a flagship LTE smartphone for its new 4G network. As part of a no-subsidy pricing scheme, the 16GB iPhone 5 will be sold for a $99 up-front fee, with the remaining price spread out over 20 additional monthly payments of $20.
The iPhone 5 goes on sale on April 12 in T-Mobile's retail stores, while preorders kick off on April 5.