T-Mobile Rolls Out Carrier Update to Enable LTE, Visual Voicemail on Unlocked iPhone 5 [Updatedx2]

A few days back we’d told you that T-Mobile would be enabling LTE and Visual Voicemail on existing unlocked iPhone 5 units by rolling out an Over-the-air carrier update. The carrier has now starting rolling out the update to unlocked iPhones running on its network.

The update is compatible with officially unlocked iPhones running iOS 6.1.x, and adds these features:

  • Enables the following:
    • Visual Voicemail
    • 4G network indicator
    • Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
    • AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
    • HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
    • AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)
  • Auto configures:
    • MMS Settings
    • Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)
    • APN settings for LTE connectivity
  • My Account bookmark

If you’re an unlocked iPhone 5 user on T-Mobile’s network, expect to soon get a popup like this, prompting you to install the carrier settings update:

carrier update

T-Mobile’s rollout follows right after the carrier started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5.

Update 1:

If you haven’t received the OTA carrier update then point your unlocked iPhone to this link on T-Mobile’s website and install the Carrier Settings manually on your iPhone. Let us know how it goes.

Update 2 (April 6):

As many readers have pointed out, the carrier update on the http://www.tmobile.com/isetup page doesn’t enable LTE, Voicemail etc. TmoNews reports that T-Mobile seems have stopped rolling out the carrier update temporarily and has also removed the support page, which suggests that it may have been rolled out prematurely. It’s not clear why, as it was supposed to roll it out yesterday according to the leaked internal memo. It remains to be seen when T-Mobile will start rolling out the carrier update again. We’ll let you know as soon as we get an update.

Via: TMoNews, 9to5Mac

  • laurnzo

    Pre-order delivery date for me is for April 15th

  • http://twitter.com/Vlad33141 Vlad

    I tried to get update from my PC, didn’t work, tried it on my factory unlock iPhone and didn’t get either.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Visit this link http://www.tmobile.com/isetup on your iPhone to install the carrier settings manually. Let me know how it goes.

      • achex

        This setup has been out 4 months ago.
        The text I got from T-Mobike on Nov 19 “Free Message: Welcome to T-Mobile! Connect to a Wifi network and go to –> t-mobile.com/isetup to install your data network settings for T-Mobile.”

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          The link may not be new, but the Carrier Update available there is new.

  • Seroj

    still waiting…

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Visit this link http://www.tmobile.com/isetup on your iPhone and install the carrier settings manually. Let me know how it goes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sameez.charania Sameez Charania

    I tried the t-mobile.com/setup it didn’t update my phone. However it did install My T-mobile, MobileLife, and fixed my “Cellular Data” settings. Still waiting for the update in Seattle WA.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      What do u mean? This is a carrier settings update and not a firmware update.

  • Kevin Mata

    After updating.. What should my carrier version be?

    • rcarlosnyc

      14.1

  • fireknight25

    First reboot after updating to the tmobile setting link provided crashed into the safemode. Second reboot needed. MMS setting auto configuration failed. Manual configuration reapplied, and functional. No Visual Voicemail function added. Other network function not tested.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuong.ho.775 Po Wah

    The link did nothing after installing…its the same update we had months back this isnt the new one. Ive tried it several times no visual voicemail no nothing

  • Ipadfreak74

    Does nothing but edit the data apn settings and installs 2 apps for tmo. No visual voicemail and no lte setting.

  • Veki

    As the rest on here, it does NOT do anything for me besides installing the two stupid apps. No visual VM, or anything else mentioned in the article.

  • xero14

    this may sound stupid but anyone think itll work on i4 to get visual voicemail i know 4 cant get lte.

    • rcarlosnyc

      It will work on an unlocked iphone 4. The update will give you Visual Voicemail.

    • rcarlosnyc

      It will work on an unlocked iphone 4. The update will give you Visual Voicemail.

  • msohail

    T-Mobile update is now ready … Just applied the update … it kills tethering on the iPhone 5

    • msohail

      go to settings > About and wait a few seconds for the update to appear.

  • Dthang

    It shows lte settings on mine. Haven’t been outside of my home so it hasn’t picked up lte yet

  • fireknight25

    Update prompt popped up at 12:00 am Pacific Time in California. Everything work like T-mobile promised. 4G LTE, Visual voicemail, etc.