Apple reportedly talks iPhone 5 LTE support with Korean carriers

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Apple reportedly talks iPhone 5 LTE support with Korean carriers

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Will the iPhone 5 support 4G LTE? It seems almost a given at this point, but here’s yet another potential sign.

Apple has been negotiating with two Korean mobile carriers to provide the iPhone 5 through their LTE networks, says the Korea Times. Officials from both SK Telecom and KT, who asked not to be identified, reportedly revealed the information.

“KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone ,” one senior KT executive said, according to Korea Times. Spokespersons from A KT spokesperson declined to comment, the Times added.

CNET contacted Apple for comment and will update the story if we receive further information.

Both carriers are authorized Apple partners selling the iPhone in Korea, and both want the new phone to take advantage of their LTE networks. But supporting 4G LTE is trickier than supporting 3G because different LTE networks around the world use their own unique frequencies.

In the U.S., Verizon uses a 700-megahertz frequency, while AT&T uses both 700-megahertz and 2.1-gigahertz. SK and KT both use different frequencies. So the burden rests on Apple to manufacture separate iPhones with different LTE modems to support the various frequencies. That’s why Apple doesn’t offer Korean consumers LTE as an … [Read more]

Apple reportedly talks iPhone 5 LTE support with Korean carriers

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