In a press briefing this morning, Globe formally announced the availability of the iPhone 5 in their network and also answered the lingering question of LTE support for the device.
According to Globe’s Peter Bithos, they will not differentiate between 3G and LTE when it comes to offering mobile internet service to their subscribers.
This means that if you can get UnliSurf for Php999 a month on your 3G/HSPA+ iPhone 4S, you will also pay the same price when you switch over to the iPhone 5 LTE.
At the moment, the LTE service with Globe is not yet provisioned for the iPhone 5 units that they’ve handed out to subscribers starting today. However, once it is ready, a software update on the iPhone 5 (via OTA) will enable this. Of course, your nano-SIM and account will have to be provisioned as well (not sure if that requires you to switch to an LTE SIM or not).
In any case, this is definitely good news to all iPhone 5 subscribers.
On the other hand, Smart has not made any announcements regarding their LTE service for the iPhone 5. However, if we based it on the current LTE handset plans that Smart has recently announced (see our story on Smart’s Sony Xperia V LTE), then we might expect a 1.5GB data cap on UnliData Plan 1500 or a higher 2.5GB for UnliData Plan 2000.