Earlier today T-Mobile announced it would sell an AWS spectrum supported iPhone 5, a modified version of the US and Canadian GSM model (A1428) to its customers. Engadget received confirmation from Apple future A1428 models as of April 12th will be modified to support AWS LTE and HSPA+ networks, which means this model will work in Canada on WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Videotron.
Videotron this afternoon has publicly stated in an interview on Canoe.ca (French) the T-Mobile iPhone 5 will work on its HSPA+ network on the AWS spectrum (Google Translation):
Videotron announced Tuesday that the compatibility of the new version of the iPhone 5 with its network could allow it to offer its customers.
“The new version of the iPhone 5 is compatible with HSPA + networks running on the AWS band, could actually allow Videotron to offer this device,” the company told us Tuesday.
Other than stating and confirming this AWS supported iPhone 5 would work on their network, the company did not comment on whether it would sell or not sell the iPhone. Last May, Quebecor’s chief executive Pierre Karl Péladeau stated in an interview, “If we had the iPhone, it’s undeniable that we would have more customers.” Videotron’s parent company also noted in that particular interview they tried numerous times to reach out to Apple to inquire about the iPhone. Only time will tell if the iPhone makes its way to our newer wireless entrants.
Earlier today, reports also speculated a major US telco was interested in acquiring WIND Mobile, which has been rumoured to be for sale. The timing of this story was particularly interesting as it coincided with T-Mobile’s announcement of releasing an AWS spectrum supported iPhone 5 on April 12th.
Would you switch networks if the AWS iPhone 5 makes its way into Canada?