iPhone 5 To Support 4G LTE Around The World

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s next generation iPhone will support 4G LTE networks around the world, though it won’t be available on every carrier.

iPad 3 which was launched earlier in the year, supported 4G LTE network, but was not compatible with 4G LTE networks outside U.S. and Canada. Though it is widely expected that Apple’s new iPhone will support 4G LTE networks, it wasn’t clear if it will work on LTE networks around the world.

WSJ reports:

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said. […]

[..] It isn’t likely to work with all carriers’ LTE networks in all countries, the people said, though it wasn’t clear which would be left out.

Since it is impractical to design chips with multiple radio antennas needed to support all of the 36 LTE bands around the world, iPhone 5 isn’t likely to work with all carriers’ LTE networks in all countries, so some carriers will still be left out.

It will be interesting to see how Apple markets iPhone 5 as it had got into trouble for using the 4G term in advertising the new iPad and was forced to rename the “iPad Wi-Fi + 4G” model to “iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular”.

Will you upgrade or buy the new iPhone if it supports 4G LTE network in your country?

[via WSJ]