When Apple announced that the iPhone 5 was to offer support for 4G LTE a huge percentage of potential buyers knew that they would not be able to get the benefit from this faster service, because their carriers (more so Apple) were unable to support it. However, your iPhone 5 is about to get faster as from next week because Apple will add a further 36 carriers to support 4G LTE.
Currently there are 24 carriers around the world that offer such support, so with this extra 36 being added next week this will take the total to 60 carriers. Those new countries to get 4G LTE support for the iPhone 5 (detailed here) will add up to at least 300 more devices, so is a pretty big deal for Apple and could help with sales.
If you consider that Verizon has 257 million subscribers enjoying their LTE network and the fact that out of the 9.8 million smartphones they sold during the previous quarter and 6.2 million of them were iPhones, this could prove positive for iPhone sales in those countries that are about to receive this new support. Having said that sales have already started to dwindle and is proof that Apple needs to make some huge changes to the next iPhone if it has any hope of competing with the Samsung Galaxy S4, but maybe this 4.8-inch iPhone 5S concept could take on the S4?
This is great news for those who will benefit from the 4G LTE expansions, but it does show that so many of us are yet to see the full potential of the iPhone 5. Take those with an iPhone 5 in the UK, they don’t have a huge choice of carriers available to them offering 4G LTE, and those that do charge a small fortune for the privilege.