Apple is not looking to build LTE into its upcoming A8 chipset, industry sources told Fudzilla. Instead of an SoC with LTE, Apple will rely on Qualcomm to provide a dedicated LTE chipset for its next generation iPhone. The A8 is rumored to be the ARM-based successor to the company’s current A7, which powers the iPad Air, iPhone 5s and iPad mini with Retina display.
Apple is known to exert a great deal of control over carriers due to the leverage it has thanks to the popularity of the iPhone. A report from Telecoms.com adds to the many, already documented, instances of Apple calling the shots in its relationship with carriers. If your LTE/4G network doesn’t pass Apple’s tests you can’t have the iPhone 5 with LTE.
Yesterday, we reported that Verizon is planning to end grandfathered unlimited data plans when customers switch to 4G LTE smartphones.
Verizon issued a clarification to the New York Times today regarding the changes noting that the loss of the grandfathered unlimited data plans will be limited to customers upgrading to subsidized handsets.
When Verizon started offering Apple’s iPhone on its network in early 2011, it offered customers unlimited data plans. But in less than 6 months, it followed AT&T’s footsteps to kill the unlimited data plans and moved to tiered data plans.
T-Mobile USA to Launch iPhone Compatible 4G HSPA+ Network by End of the Year, 4G LTE Network in 2013
T-Mobile USA has announced that it plans to launch 4G HSPA+ network in the 1900 MHz band in a “large number of markets” by the end of the year. It also plans to roll out 4G LTE network in 2013.
T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest carrier in the US has not been able to offer Apple’s iPhone as their 3G network is not compatible with the iPhone.