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Carriers Network Testing iPhone 5 in Locked and Sealed Boxes?

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More iPhone 5 rumours coming your way, this time via the Guardian. According to their sources carriers are already testing iPhone 5 units in locked and sealed boxes:

my carrier sources tell me that the boxes in which the new iPhone hardware is encased have been transported to carriers for testing. This is an important step in the release cycle for any phone.

The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It’s very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there’s no clue to what the actual phone will do.

Also noted is Apple would most likely have a plan in place to identify where leaks are coming from, during any testing phase. Obviously, getting caught leaking Apple hardware would lead to severe consequences (*cough* Gizmodo). The iPhones are in the system, and apparently will begin manufacturing once they get approval.

The Guardian piece jumps all over the place and includes various iPhone 5 rumours, including today’s Telus roadmap ‘leak’, and recent chatter from analysts pushing for a September launch.

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  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Darren

    These phones better run on the 4g network

  • Edge

    Good luck on that…

  • Rubayed

    I am sorry if my queries seems off topic but wanted to get every one’s
    attention as i need a solution to my problems soon. I have been with
    Fido for almost 10 years and signed my last 3 year contract with Fido in
    July 2010 with an iPhone 4 and currently only on my 13th month of my 36
    month contract. My dad lives in the middle east and last week he has
    been diagnosed with Leukemia and I would have to fly over there to be by
    his side. I should be there for atleast couple of months until my other
    brother comes in. So i called Fido and asked if there is any way i can
    unlock my iphone 4 and use it there. Turns out it will cost me $50 for
    ECF to get out of my contract since it was done after June 2010 or
    something and I m in Quebec and due to Bill 60 and etc. But
    unfortunately regardless of me paying the ECF and coming out of the
    contract they will still not unlock my phone until July 2013 when the
    full 36 months expire. Its iPhone 4 on 4.3 firmware and to the best of
    my knowledge i cannot unlock it through cydia or anything, so that i can
    use it. My only option is to go the legal way but FIDO wouldn’t. R they
    right on not allowing me to unlock my phone despite me not in any
    contract with them and got out of it by paying the ECF and also willing
    to pay the $50 fees to unlock it? Please help me guys and give me any
    advice on how i can have my phone legally unlocked by FIDO,since I’m
    flying on the August 18th,,,thanks!!!

  • Rubayed

    I am sorry if my queries seems off topic but wanted to get every one’s
    attention as i need a solution to my problems soon. I have been with
    Fido for almost 10 years and signed my last 3 year contract with Fido in
    July 2010 with an iPhone 4 and currently only on my 13th month of my 36
    month contract. My dad lives in the middle east and last week he has
    been diagnosed with Leukemia and I would have to fly over there to be by
    his side. I should be there for atleast couple of months until my other
    brother comes in. So i called Fido and asked if there is any way i can
    unlock my iphone 4 and use it there. Turns out it will cost me $50 for
    ECF to get out of my contract since it was done after June 2010 or
    something and I m in Quebec and due to Bill 60 and etc. But
    unfortunately regardless of me paying the ECF and coming out of the
    contract they will still not unlock my phone until July 2013 when the
    full 36 months expire. Its iPhone 4 on 4.3 firmware and to the best of
    my knowledge i cannot unlock it through cydia or anything, so that i can
    use it. My only option is to go the legal way but FIDO wouldn’t. R they
    right on not allowing me to unlock my phone despite me not in any
    contract with them and got out of it by paying the ECF and also willing
    to pay the $50 fees to unlock it? Please help me guys and give me any
    advice on how i can have my phone legally unlocked by FIDO,since I’m
    flying on the August 18th,,,thanks!!!

  • Rubayed

    I am sorry if my queries seems off topic but wanted to get every one’s
    attention as i need a solution to my problems soon. I have been with
    Fido for almost 10 years and signed my last 3 year contract with Fido in
    July 2010 with an iPhone 4 and currently only on my 13th month of my 36
    month contract. My dad lives in the middle east and last week he has
    been diagnosed with Leukemia and I would have to fly over there to be by
    his side. I should be there for atleast couple of months until my other
    brother comes in. So i called Fido and asked if there is any way i can
    unlock my iphone 4 and use it there. Turns out it will cost me $50 for
    ECF to get out of my contract since it was done after June 2010 or
    something and I m in Quebec and due to Bill 60 and etc. But
    unfortunately regardless of me paying the ECF and coming out of the
    contract they will still not unlock my phone until July 2013 when the
    full 36 months expire. Its iPhone 4 on 4.3 firmware and to the best of
    my knowledge i cannot unlock it through cydia or anything, so that i can
    use it. My only option is to go the legal way but FIDO wouldn’t. R they
    right on not allowing me to unlock my phone despite me not in any
    contract with them and got out of it by paying the ECF and also willing
    to pay the $50 fees to unlock it? Please help me guys and give me any
    advice on how i can have my phone legally unlocked by FIDO,since I’m
    flying on the August 18th,,,thanks!!!

  • Tony

    Why is 4G so important to everyone? 3G is fine and 4G will KILL the battery. People have become so impatient these days.

  • Tony

    Why is 4G so important to everyone? 3G is fine and 4G will KILL the battery. People have become so impatient these days.

  • Tony

    Why is 4G so important to everyone? 3G is fine and 4G will KILL the battery. People have become so impatient these days.

  • Cake

    Pay out the remaining balance of the phone, then pay the cancellation fee and then pay the $50 to have them unlock the phone.

  • Rubayed

    I have already paid the cancellation fee and as we speak i m under no contract with FIDO , I am also ready to pay the $50 to unlock the iPhone 4, but when i spoke to them last, they have not mentioned anything about the remaining balance of the iPhone 4? How could one determine that? I’m on my 13th month of a 36 month contract,,how much do i have to pay? How come they did not give me that choice and simply said i have got no other option but to wait until 2013 July.

  • Rubayed

    I have already paid the cancellation fee and as we speak i m under no contract with FIDO , I am also ready to pay the $50 to unlock the iPhone 4, but when i spoke to them last, they have not mentioned anything about the remaining balance of the iPhone 4? How could one determine that? I’m on my 13th month of a 36 month contract,,how much do i have to pay? How come they did not give me that choice and simply said i have got no other option but to wait until 2013 July.

  • Cake

    Fido csr should be able to tell you if there is a balance owing on the phone. Also , try calling back multiple times as different csr’s tend to give different responses to the same questions.

  • Cake

    Fido csr should be able to tell you if there is a balance owing on the phone. Also , try calling back multiple times as different csr’s tend to give different responses to the same questions.

  • Rubayed

    Thanks for all your help,,,i will certainly call different csr’s tomorrow and let’s c what do i get out of it. I will surely update the situation by tomorrow.

  • Rubayed

    Thanks for all your help,,,i will certainly call different csr’s tomorrow and let’s c what do i get out of it. I will surely update the situation by tomorrow.

  • Raids1025

    I’m with Fido and disgusted with that.  I better look for other carrier what if it’s also going to happen to me and others? Tsk..tsk..tsk…

  • Raids1025

    I’m with Fido and disgusted with that.  I better look for other carrier what if it’s also going to happen to me and others? Tsk..tsk..tsk…

  • Raids1025

    I’m with Fido and disgusted with that.  I better look for other carrier what if it’s also going to happen to me and others? Tsk..tsk..tsk…

  • Raids1025

    I’m with Fido and disgusted with that.  I better look for other carrier what if it’s also going to happen to me and others? Tsk..tsk..tsk…

  • Darren

    I use skype so a 4g network is a must

  • Darren

    I use skype so a 4g network is a must

  • Darren

    I use skype so a 4g network is a must

  • Darren

    I use skype so a 4g network is a must

  • Rubayed

    So far called 3 different times and spoke to 3 different CSRs and they all have declined to unlock my phone even for a fee stating that even though I am not in a contract with FIDO and technically end my FIDO service anytime but my phone is still under contract with FIDO and absolutely cannot unlock it till 2013 when i complete my 3 years,, this is unbelievable. Any ideas guys?

  • Rubayed

    So far called 3 different times and spoke to 3 different CSRs and they all have declined to unlock my phone even for a fee stating that even though I am not in a contract with FIDO and technically end my FIDO service anytime but my phone is still under contract with FIDO and absolutely cannot unlock it till 2013 when i complete my 3 years,, this is unbelievable. Any ideas guys?

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