Apple Doesn't Allow Carriers to Offer LTE iPhone 5 Before Approving Its Network

Posted November 30, 2012 at 7:39pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 13248 views

Apple does not allow carriers to offer a LTE iPhone 5 until their network passes the company's independent tests, according to a Telecoms report.

Swisscom confirmed to the site that "Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network." Although the company launched its LTE network this week the iPhone 5 wasn't offered as an LTE device. "Apple will provide a software update in due course," the firm said in a press release.

Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of NorthStream says he was “shocked” when told about the policy. Nordstrom said it proved "who is running the industry" and noted that "Apple have put themselves in the driving seat; it’s really changing the game."

Alcatel Lucent CTO Marcus Weldon told Telecoms.com that, although Apple had got “a bit big for its boots”, the policy proves the importance of the network in the mobile experience.

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russelll - December 3, 2012 at 4:01am
Nordstrom said it proved "who is running the industry" and noted that "Apple have put themselves in the driving seat; it’s really changing the game."

Sounds "un"shockingly familiar to what apple did to the publishers in the ebook industry.

How long before we have a cell phone antitrust lawsuit against apple?
Alejandro - December 1, 2012 at 5:00am
It's the same thing here in Mexico we got the phone on November 2, but we are running on 3.5G until Apple releases a update to the software to run on brand new Telcel LTE which is surprisingly fast. They said that the will get it from Apple on the first weeks in December.
Joel - December 1, 2012 at 1:13am
Thats bs because how sprint pass the most slow data
Leggoman - November 30, 2012 at 11:07pm
I think this is great, apple say if your network is no good you can't have our phones. Wow may be you will be able to tell apple how bad a signal and service your getting on your iPhone 5 and if enough people say the same thing apple will make them fix it. How long have we paid and half the time you can't get a signal or its so low you can't do anything. Could this make providers beef up the networks and more cell masts? Give us what we pay for a network to use our phone on, and if you get low signal then give us signal boosters free. Well I can hope? I'm with three and at my home 400yards from a 3 mast I get 1bar sig. Can't use my phone at home.
Gwyneth - November 30, 2012 at 10:51pm
Now this deserves respect! Most phone companies only worry about selling their phones. A bad LTE network from any provider will make the iPhone or any other LTE phone seem bad too. Most unknowing people will blame the phone while it could be the provider's network or the phone or both. This is finally a phone company being loyal and responsible to its customers! Bravo Apple for the quality control, kudos to you :-)
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