According to recent interview conducted by T-Mobile’s chief technology offer, Neville Ray, the next generation iPhone could support the AWS spectrum. He originally stated the next iPhone chipset would support AWS, only to retract his statement later to clarify he has no knowledge of the iPhone roadmap, notes CNET:
“The next chipset will support AWS,” he said in an interview with CNET. “The challenge that existed in the past will go away.”
Ray said Apple has the option to move to AWS with the roadmap of chipsets on the market. The executive has seen the chipsets that are available to all of the original equipment manufacturers. The company later clarified that Ray hasn’t seen Apple’s specific roadmap. But he noted Apple could choose to ignore that capability and not strike a deal with T-Mobile.
New wireless entrants such as WIND, Mobilicity, and Quebec’s Videotron all operate on the AWS spectrum. Many believe an iPhone with AWS support would lower cellphone rates for Canadians, as these new carriers have voice and data plans at lower prices compared to the established national carriers (which OpenMedia.ca is currently campaigning against in their ‘Stop the Squeeze’ initiative).
AWS-capable iPhone–who wants one?