Now that the iPhone has finally joined the 4G bandwagon, the next thought on people’s minds might be, “Does my carrier support it?” Todd covered the U.S. carriers — Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — so for specifics on that (and how we know T-Mobile has been cut out of the loop on that), click over here.
Abroad, global carriers have been begun weighing in to tout their compatibility as well. If you’re in Canada, Japan, Germany, the UK, Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong or Singapore, you’ll want to check out the full list below:
- US: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
- Canada: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Fido, Koodo
- Japan: KDDI, SoftBank
- Germany: T-Mobile
- UK: EE (T-Mobile / Orange)
- Australia: Optus, Telstra
- Korea: SKT, KT
- Hong Kong: SmarTone
- Singapore: M1, SingTel
The list spans both GSM- and CDMA-oriented networks. Yes, that means there will be different versions of the iPhone 5, so one handset won’t be compatible with all LTE networks across the board. If you travel abroad, you’ll want to note that there will be three different versions:
- A1428 (GSM) for LTE in the U.S. (AT&T) and Canada (Rogers, Bell and Telus).
- A1429 (CDMA version) for LTE in the U.S. (Verizon, Sprint) and Japan (KDDI).
- A1429 (GSM version) for LTE in Europe (Germany, UK) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia).
Well, at least there’s still global HSPA+.
iPhone hopefuls: Does this impact where you get your handset?