The iPhone 5 purchased through AT&T can work on the T-Mobile 4G LTE Network.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Apple iPhone 5 release date was originally thought to be June 29, a date would mark the sixth anniversary since the release of the original iPhone.
Newer iPhone 5S rumors say the smartphone is slated for June 20. Apple is calling the iPhone 5S event “Original Passion, New Ideas.”
While waiting for the impending release of the Apple iPhone 5S, some are wanting to take their unlocked iPhone 5 from AT&T and shift it to T-Mobile, which just announced the “UnCarrier” contract free service plans. The goods news is that if you purchased your iPhone 5 through AT&T, Apple directly, or in Canada you can connect to T-Mobile’s new 4G LTE Network.
The biggest hurdle is that your iPhone 5 must be unlocked. This means you either purchased your iPhone 5 that way or if you’re currently an AT&T customer you have to contact them and requested it to be unlocked. The only caveat is that you have to finish your contract with AT&T first.
There are some other technical hurdles as well. T-Mobile is currently upgrading its 3G HSPA+ network to use LTE, but this upgrade is only completed in about 50 cities. The model A1428 iPhone 5 from AT&T will support the LTE network in the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) band, but it will not work with the older HSPA+.
The other issue is that you will need to wait until Apple releases an over-the-air update to support the T-Mobile LTE network. But there is an alleged iPhone 5 jailbreak tweak that can give you access right now.
If your city does not support T-Mobile’s LTE network then the only option is to wait until April 12. On that day the iPhone 5 for T-Mobile will be released, which will support HSPA+. T-Mobile is also finishing its acquisition of MetroPCS, which should open up the number of LTE networks available. But whatever the case may be in your city, the older model A1428 iPhone 5 will still work with 2G and 3G networks.