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! - 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 ( 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
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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