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Rumour: AWS iPhone 5 for T-Mobile USA–What About WIND, Mobilicity, and Videotron?

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Last week reports in the U.S. mentioned Sprint would carry the iPhone 5. Now, TiPB has heard whispers of an AWS-compatible iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile as well, likely to launch in October, coinciding with their earlier rumoured timeline.

The T-Mobile network runs the AWS spectrum on 1700/2100MHz bands, similar to the same 3G networks that WIND, Mobilicity, and Quebec’s Videotron use in Canada. Shaw and Eastlink also have licenses for AWS, but have yet to offer wireless services. If such a phone were to be introduced, we would hope Canada would be included in the roll out too.

Back in April, rumours hinted at T-Mobile testing an AWS-capable iPhone 4, and during the same time Verizon’s CFO ‘leaked’ the next iPhone would be a ‘global device’ during an earnings call.

The existing Verizon iPhone 4 band has four antenna breaks compared to three on the GSM version of the iPhone 4. The question remains as how Apple’s antenna could include another band, or would it be redesigned altogether given its ‘problems’ in the past.

Could a specific AWS model be coming to target more carriers, or will Apple be redesigning the antenna to accommodate a true global iPhone? Either way, an AWS model would be welcome in Canada given some of the incredible voice/data plans available.

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  • Sparky

    I feel an AWS model would be great for competition here in Canada. It’d likely force carriers to reduce their fees slightly. At least one can hope.

  • I would really like to have a “global” phone… I would pay full price to have an unlocked one outright…

    I’m thinking to switch to Vidéotron next year… So it would be usefull for me.

  • I would really like to have a “global” phone… I would pay full price to have an unlocked one outright…

    I’m thinking to switch to Vidéotron next year… So it would be usefull for me.

  • I would really like to have a “global” phone… I would pay full price to have an unlocked one outright…

    I’m thinking to switch to Vidéotron next year… So it would be usefull for me.

  • Mario, did you notice that the Journal of earlier this week (around the 23rd) had the usual “en 5 minutes” page, but this time took up a page and a half? Same paper and they had an article in the business section which also took up a page and a half? Both on Apple and Steve Jobs! Lotsa mention of Tim Cook…. I wonder if PK is trying to get in good with the new Apple boss…may be just me but I suspect the new iP5 will have the ability to work on the WIND/Videotron networks while also working on others (Bell/Rogers/Telus). That means that you can get it from Quebecor will not taking the risk of having a phone which is limited to their network. With the new Qc law on phones, we can break a contract at any time with no penalty by simply refunding the unpaid balance of the subsidy. Makes Videotron and it’s nice High-Speed Home/Mobile sharing packages much more interesting.

  • BTW, when are the podcasts coming back? I miss it…

  • Yes you can refund the unpaid balance… But you are still getting a locked phone if you get it directly from the provider…

  • Yes you can refund the unpaid balance… But you are still getting a locked phone if you get it directly from the provider…

  • Rigbuild

    For gods sake apple seriously make a AWS version iphone. If u actually want to make ppl happy make that. Instead of adding features android had from day one grow some balls and get to todays needs. If apple doesn’t make it they suck. I love apple no jokes to that I have a mac for 9 years but this iphone buiness is just pissing me off every year makign a new one like omg. Doesn’t this piss ppl off?

  • Rigbuild

    For gods sake apple seriously make a AWS version iphone. If u actually want to make ppl happy make that. Instead of adding features android had from day one grow some balls and get to todays needs. If apple doesn’t make it they suck. I love apple no jokes to that I have a mac for 9 years but this iphone buiness is just pissing me off every year makign a new one like omg. Doesn’t this piss ppl off?

  • Magnus100

    Not interested in iPhone with AWS! Not worth it, the thing is overhyped, overpriced and inferior to the high end Android phones in every way that matters.

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