Apple to Release a New A1428 iPhone 5 Starting April 12th With AWS Support!

Apple to Release a New A1428 iPhone 5 Starting April 12th With AWS Support!

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Starting April 12th, Apple Stores will begin selling a new tweaked A1428 model of the iPhone 5 that features support for AWS bands, reports Engadget. Unfortunately, older models of the iPhone cannot be updated to support AWS with a simple software update.

The A1428 edition of the iPhone 5 that Apple will start hawking on April 12th (in lockstep with T-Mobile's launch date) will arrive unlocked out of the box. By default, Apple will sell these at full MSRP in a "SIM-in unlocked fashion," as confirmed to us by an Apple representative here at T-Mobile's event in New York City. Of course, those wishing to pay T-Mob's advertised $99.99 up front price will also be able to do so right at an Apple store, but eager jetsetters that are simply looking for a frictionless way to purchase an unlocked iPhone 5 that works on both AT&T and T-Mobile's LTE bands have but a few weeks to wait.

Apple is said to be moving to the new model for AT&T sales as well, so presumably after April 12th an iPhone purchased from AT&T will support AWS. Units purchased from T-Mobile have been verified to work on AT&T's LTE network; however, you will need to have the device unlocked before you can switch over.

Sales at the Apple Store are scheduled to begin at 12:01 AM on April 12th.

*According to Wikipedia, networks that use AWS in the United States include: T-Mobile, Big River Broadband, Cincinnati Bell, Mosaic Telecom, and Cricket Wireless. Networks that use AWS in Canada include: Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Videotron Mobile, and SaskTel. Support for any other network than T-Mobile has not yet been officially confirmed.

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Apple to Release a New A1428 iPhone 5 Starting April 12th With AWS Support!
iProService.com - March 27, 2013 at 5:01pm
You will be able to identify the new iPhone 5 by the IMEI number, from a certain yet to be determined number forward will be the new ones. Like the original iPhone, the iPhone 5 has it's identifying number engraved on the back casing. I'm sure this website as well as ours (www.iProService.com) and others will post that number as soon as we can confirm it.
John - April 13, 2013 at 3:54pm
Now that the updated A1428 hardware version has been released, does anyone know how to identify it?
John - April 16, 2013 at 11:11pm
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5720
John - March 27, 2013 at 2:34pm
How can someone tell from any markings on the phone what version of this phone they have? (new or old hardware version)
Rockne1865 - March 27, 2013 at 6:59am
Hey Sam three years would suck you would be much better off if you bought your phone out right from Apple! Just to cheer you up I have to wait a whole year to get a new phone with AT&T if you pay more then a $100 a month you sign for two years but you get a new phone every year. I'd go nuts waiting two years let alone three at the end of a year I sell my phone for $400 on EBay JailBroken & unlocked pay $200 for my new phone get $400 to $600 in discounts from Beat Buy & AT&T I get other people to buy Phones at Best Buy & Computers I get coupons in the end I get more money back just in discounts then I pay for the phone & I get $400 for the old phone I buy the best case available to protect it for better resale if you buy off me you get a good phone I use griffen chargers which have smart charger tech much better then Apples charger & it's Apple certified! I don't cycle the battery much because I plug it in as soon as I get in the house or office I plug it in in the car so most of the time it's running on the charger not the battery.
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