iPhone 5 reportedly coming with support for 4G LTE networks around the world

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: September 7, 2012

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We're now less than a week out from Apple's September 12 event and the expected unveiling of the iPhone 5. Earlier today we heard that the new iPhone is expected to feature the same pricing structure as the iPhone 4S, and now the Wall Street Journal has chimed in with a last-minute detail of its own. The publication's "people familiar with the matter" claim that the iPhone 5 will feature support for LTE networks "around the world," including the U.S., Europe and Asia. However, those sources added that the iPhone is unlikely to support every single carrier's LTE network in every country.

Reports of 4G LTE support in the new iPhone have been floating around for months now, but the news that the device will be able to access LTE coverage in multiple countries is interesting. Such a move makes sense, though, as Apple would likely want to give the option of LTE access to as many of its iPhone customers as possible. Of course, as the WSJ notes, there are quite a few different LTE bands in use around the globe, so LTE support for every carrier will probably need to wait. This is still a pretty exciting rumor for folks that travel, as it means that they may still be able to get their LTE on when visiting another country. We'll be bringing you all the news from Apple's September 12 event as it happens, so if you've got any interest in an iPhone with a taller display or 4G LTE, keep it locked to the site next week to see which rumors end up sticking!

Via Wall Street Journal

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