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Apple to announce iPhone 5 LTE with Smart & Globe?

In last week’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, he revealed that they will be rolling out LTE support to 36 new countries by next week. Among the countries he specifically mentioned is the Philippines.

That could mean both Globe and Smart will be able to offer LTE connectivity to iPhone 5 subscribers of the respective networks. {via}

While Smart and Globe already has initiated LTE roll-out in some parts of Metro Manila, the iPhone 5 didn’t come with any LTE support by the time they launched it back in December.

Both telcos have explained that Apple is yet to approve their application for LTE support for the iPhone 5 and so until such time that Apple said so, they cannot offer LTE data plans with the handset. Once they get the go-signal, a quick tweak and software update will fix all that.

What is not know is whether the LTE connectivity will require additional cost from subscribers. Smart has started charging for LTE handsets like the Xperia V on Plan 1500 and Plan 2000 with 1.5GB and 2.5GB data caps. Meanwhile, Globe promised that they’ll offer unlimited LTE on the iPhone 5 once it is rolled-out but that has yet to be seen.

You can read our review of the iPhone 5 here.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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20 Responses

  1. DTech says:

    Yay! Luckily I got mine from Globe!

    • JamesD says:

      Really? Well, nasaan ang LTE signal nila. Goodluck, Bro! Wala pa yatang nakaka-experience nun. Smart pa lang yata ang may commercial roll-out.

  2. Docalfred says:

    I hope it’s an automating upgrade from SMART since the plan is much higher than the one offered for LTE

  3. Justin says:

    Meh… big deal…

  4. globey says:

    Does anybody here received their iphone 5 from globe with the normal nano sim? Can I request for an lte nano sim just in case? :)

    • DTech says:

      I got it when they gave me the unit. Ask them for it, I knew it’s the LTE nano sim because of the LTE print on it.

  5. tarush says:

    here’s hoping Globe will offer unlimited LTE for iPhone 5 users indeed…

  6. jose procopio says:

    3g nga di maibigay nang maayos.. lte pa kaya?? goodluck sa 16 gb na storage mo.. haha

  7. samsung android user says:

    sige lang..para lang masabi na may bago…mas ok pa yung sony xperia v lte pwede ihalo sa sabaw.

  8. sub says:

    sana naman hindi substandard LTE ang offer nila, nakakahiya naman kay tatang Tim, kung 3G nga patay sinde, LTE………. remains to be seen or proven kung nandyan na

    by the way, mga CSR ng Globe mukhang hindi synchronized mga sinasabi nila, dapat ma update naman sila at mag aral sa supposed to be pinagseserbisyohan nila e mas marunong pa minsan ang customer, nagiging bluffer tuloy sila

  9. Patrick says:

    What? Hardware manufacturer dictates LTE connectivity? My N7105 is LTE equipped right out of the box!

    • nato says:

      bro, are you on smart? do you get LTE signals even if you are on regular postpaid? I got the LTE version of note2 but the AT&T version its also LTE but I dont get any smart LTE signal… I’m thinking it might be a special LTE Sim card… what do you think? thanks!

    • Edwin says:

      Meron din ako. N7105 from HK naman. May lte sim ako from smart, ung kumuha ako ng sony v. Tinry ko lipat sa samsung. Hindi xa nakakasagap ng lte :( sayang ewan baka dapat may software update din …

  10. louie6380 says:

    “Regarding the LTE rollout for iPhone 5, pls wait for our further announcement. Thank you.” – @SmartCares

    I DMd @SmartCares on Twitter & got a DM from them too. It sounds like they’re now preparing for the launch!

  11. meh says:

    Well this might change things! If they get LTE going , it might push me to actually get an Iphone5

  12. ronnie says:

    “quick tweak, software update” and change of unit that could support LTE band 3, 5 and 7 for SMART…

  13. kulasa says:

    wow, I’ve been wanting to have an i-phone for months now….hmmm I think it is time…thanks for the info…jumping to your review on i-phones in a little while :)

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