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T-Mobile Carrier Update Enables iPhone 5 LTE

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A T-Mobile carrier update for the iPhone 5 enables 4G LTE and other features for both the upcoming T-Mobile iPhone 5 and any unlocked models users want to bring to the “UNcarrier.”

The new carrier update essentially makes all of the features of the iPhone 5 work on T-Mobile’s network, assuming the user has an unlocked iPhone 5 or one from T-Mobile itself. The biggest feature is it turns on T-Mobile 4G LTE, which is useful for those who live in Las Vegas, Kansas City and one of the other few cities T-Mobile covers with 4G LTE.

Read: T-Mobile iPhone 5 – 5 Things to Know

T-Mobile’s carrier update also enables HD Voice on the iPhone 5, which will make phone calls sound better. In order to take advantage of HD Voice, however, both people on the phone call need to have phones capable of using HD Voice. Right now the number of phones with HD Voice is surprisingly low.

The T-Mobile iPhone 5 could arrive tomorrow.

Users who live outside of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network will gain the ability to use the carrier’s “4G” HSPA+ network after the new update as well. The speeds likely aren’t as fast as 4G LTE for many users, though the network can theoretically provide download speeds of 42 Mbps down, which is faster than most broadband connections (those speeds rarely happen, however).

T-Mobile iPhone 5 users will also gain access to visual voicemail after the update. Previously users who brought unlocked iPhones to T-Mobile had to use regular call-in voice mail instead of visual voicemail. The change is very nice for those who get a lot of phone calls throughout the day, but don’t have the chance to answer all of them.

The T-Mobile carrier update should start automatically for users who have an iPhone 5 with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. To install the update users need to have iOS 6.1.3 installed, the update won’t installed on jailbroken devices.

The iPhone 5 will come to T-Mobile on April 12, and pre-orders for the phone are available now.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

20 Comments

  1. [email protected]

    04/05/2013 at 1:29 pm

    whats taking so long

  2. scott

    04/05/2013 at 6:24 pm

    it’s still not here.

  3. Larry

    04/05/2013 at 7:12 pm

    Cool I’m leaving Verizon anyways!! My iPhone 5 is unlocked and jail broken

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    04/06/2013 at 5:55 am

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    • Larry

      04/07/2013 at 8:38 am

      Your bull sh.t post are so stupid and make no sense you moron!! Stick with the topic

  5. Khan

    04/06/2013 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t believe that I buy iPhone 5 unlock and get sim from t mobile and 3G only most of time 2g eage

    • boscoboscobosco

      04/07/2013 at 9:02 am

      I also have an iPhone 5 unlocked and I just bought a sim card from T-mobile that is supposed to have 3G and 4G. But most of the time is on E (Edge). It is such a ripoff.

      • Scott

        04/07/2013 at 10:27 am

        You’ll only have 3G if you’re in a refarmed area, or buy a new
        t-mobile iphone on April 12tg.

      • Larry

        04/08/2013 at 7:22 am

        What state are you in?? Here in so California its 3G and LTE it depends where you are at I guess, this is a new huge step with t mobile, they got there work cut out for them now, now it’s time to step up to the plate and show us they can hit a home run!!! I have faith in then, even Verizon and AT&T etc, started from scratch!!

  6. Paul Lange

    04/06/2013 at 9:50 pm

    No simple update will enable HSPDA+ on the current unlocked versions. The newer version will have the AWS bands but the old one will not.

  7. Clint

    04/07/2013 at 3:51 pm

    If you want 4g LTE on the iPhone 5 on tmobile you have to switch to the 70$ plan that has unlimited 4g speed then on the 12th when LTE comes out you would be able to get LTE

  8. [email protected]

    04/08/2013 at 11:20 am

    It’s here! Just got it in Cali

    • Raul Serrano

      04/08/2013 at 11:25 am

      What’s here?

    • Larry

      04/08/2013 at 5:00 pm

      Yep I live in rancho cuconga ca all LTE here and 3G time to time, my ip 5 was from Verizon and mines jailbroke too and works great!! It just depends we’re u are at who has it and area??

  9. JD

    04/08/2013 at 11:34 am

    i just got the update now i have at&t unlocked 4s on tmobile i have vvm now

    • JD

      04/08/2013 at 11:35 am

      im in philadelphia, pa im 4s is using 4G for some reason too

  10. Raul Serrano

    04/08/2013 at 11:48 am

    What part of California are in? And how did you do the update?

    • Scott

      04/08/2013 at 11:55 am

      mine just updated in Philly.

    • Larry

      04/08/2013 at 5:05 pm

      Rancho Cucamonga the dude at the t mobile store did some update thing and it works and still have my jailbreak too :)) i went to la and Orange County and LTE still works its best in Los Angeles area were I work

  11. Raul Serrano

    04/08/2013 at 12:07 pm

    Mine just updated in Sacramento, ca. But how do I get visual voicemail

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