Apple.ca Removes 1700/2100 MHz AWS Bands from iPhone 5 Store Page [Update]

Last week T-Mobile launched the iPhone 5 in the USA, a firmware tweaked GSM version to support AWS bands of 1700MHz. Some Canadians managed to get their hands on T-Mobile iPhone 5 units and showed off how they were able to connect to Mobilicity and WIND Mobile’s AWS 3G network.

That same day, Apple.ca updated its iPhone 5 tech specs page to include 1700/2100 MHz AWS bands, leading many to believe unlocked Canadian iPhone purchases would soon include this T-Mobile AWS variant. Apple soon removed those bands from the iPhone 5 tech specs page and just this afternoon deleted last traces of the 1700 MHz AWS band by erasing it from the online store’s iPhone 5 check out page.

Most likely the update was made to the Apple US iPhone 5 page and it carried over the Canadian page, causing confusion.

Before (last Friday):

After (today):

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We contacted five Apple Stores in Toronto and one in Vancouver and asked if unlocked iPhone 5 units would work on WIND’s AWS 3G network. The majority said unlocked iPhone 5 units purchased in Canada would not work on WIND. One store said it would work, but only said an unlocked iPhone 5 would work on ‘any cellular network’. One employee also said WIND ‘does not have a 3G network’ (really?!). Another said we should contact WIND ourselves. WIND Stores said only the T-Mobile version would work on their network. Take these answers with a grain of salt. What we know right now is the unlocked T-Mobile version will work here on AWS 3G bands.

It is possible existing unlocked units in Apple Stores haven’t been replaced with the new variant yet, so we’ll have to wait longer to find out what happens. But if Apple’s website is any indication, they are making it clear unlocked iPhone 5 units won’t be supporting the AWS 1700 MHz band on paper.

Do you know someone who purchased an unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple retail and made it work on AWS networks from WIND, Mobilicity or Videotron out of the box? Have you actually witnessed this?

Update: Okay, looks like Apple has re-added the 1700/2100 MHz to the specs page, where it was originally removed. To make things even more confusing, the specs have been removed from the store page, where they were recently added.

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  • MTughan

    Check the iPhone specs page again. It now says 1700/2100 where it didn’t before, even if it has been removed from the store page. http://www.apple.com/ca/iphone/specs.html

  • Thanks Apple, for messing with all of our brains. These numbers were first removed from the specs page but remained on the store page. Now it has reversed itself. Good eye.

  • crosseyed_mofo

    while the apple geniuses are handy for tech support, subtle product info they tend to be left in the dark

    a few years back when the updated bumpers were released (that were adjusted to fit the verizon iphone 4 as well as existing) i asked if they had it in stock, they looked at me like i was completely bullshitting them, had to show them the post here about it and even then they were convinced it wasnt real

    so asking them if they received an aws compatible tweaked iphone 5 is really asking for too much info from these guys lol

  • wuju

    was ready to jump on getting the AWS version thinking we will have it in Canada on April 12, etc. but now it seems like no Apple stores in Canada carries it and no one knows when or if ever. Might as well wait for iPhone 5S then – a few more months…

  • gtasscarlo

    Can I get a swap done and get the new version of the iPhone5.

  • huy

    mu unlocked 4s works on t-mobile and wind….YA BABY! Yes its a canadian phone.

  • Gord

    The 4s will work on t-mobile but you’ll only get edge unless 1900. It will not work on AWS Wind.

  • Gord

    To be fair there is a border between Canada and the U.S. and it’s difficult to keep on top of the changes. When Canadian stock is refreshed I have no doubt we will have access to AWS iPhones. As usual Canadians have to be patient and wait. The good thing is we will now be able to access services from the AWS brands which should result in lowering the service price for consumers.

  • iphone4me

    How did you made 4s working on wind?

  • raj

    it only shows on the iphone 5 specs not the 4 or 4s..

  • raj

    how did u get it to work with wind..?? which provider was it with orignally..?