During yesterday’s media event, Apple boasted that the newly introduced iPhones support more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.
To support such a wide variety of LTE networks across major countries all over the world, Apple made the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, each available in four separate models with varying LTE support.
Notably, in the U.S. a single iPhone model, the A1532 for the iPhone 5c and the A1533 for the iPhone 5s, will support the three major carriers: AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. A Sprint iPhone will be a separate model though, which will also be compatible with KDDI, Softbank and NTT Docomo in Japan.
The iPhone also supports TD-LTE standard used by the world’s largest carrier, China Mobile, with whom Apple’s likely to announce a partnership very soon. Chinese regulatory authorities have already certified the China Mobile-compatible iPhone, so the partnership is next to confirmed.
According to the LTE page on Apple’s website, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models that will be available in the UK will be compatible with only EE and Vodafone. However, based on the LTE bands that the models support, they should be compatible with O2 and Three’s LTE networks as well. So although Apple lists only two compatible carriers in UK, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will support all four major UK carrier’s LTE networks.
Here are the different model numbers of the iPhone 5s:
- Model A1533
- Model A1453
- Model A1457
- Model A1530
And here are the different iPhone 5c model numbers:
- Model A1532
- Model A1456
- Model A1507
- Model A1529
For more details on the LTE bands supported by each iPhone model, you can visit Apple’s LTE webpage.