Apple's iPhone 5 is 4G for Australia, too

Apple's iPhone 5 is 4G in Australia thanks to Telstra and Optus
The new Apple iPhone 5 will work on Australian 4G networks

The new Apple iPhone 5 will work on Australian 4G networks

Apple's new iPhone 5 will support the Australian 4G networks offered by Telstra and Optus, the company announced this morning.

Read our comprehensive preview of the Apple iPhone 5 here

Apple lifted the lid of its newest generation iPhone 5 in a long awaited event this morning in San Francisco. One of the phone's new features is worldwide 4G LTE connectivity and Apple confirmed the iPhone 5 will work on Australian 4G networks offered by Telstra, Optus and Optus MVNO Virgin Mobile.

The iPhone 5 marks the first time an LTE capable Apple device has worked on Australian 4G networks. Apple's new iPad, unveiled in February, is marketed as a 4G device but doesn't support the 1800MHz 4G network bands used in Australia by Telstra and Optus.

The iPhone 5 has a single chip for voice and data and a single radio chip, Apple confirmed.

The iPhone 5 will be released in Australia on Friday 21 September. It will come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models with Australian pricing starting at $799 for the 16GB model. The 32GB model will set you back $899 and the 64GB version will cost $999.

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Comments

jason

1

Haha goodbye Vodafail!!

Robin P

2

The bad part being that the GSM A1429 model that will be sold by the local telco's runs on the LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 frequencies (Band 1, 3, 5) which will be fine for their current networks - but when the federal government divides up the analog TV spectrum next year - it wont be compatible with the new 700 Mhz network (which is covered the GSM A1428 model).

johnny

3

Not a problem Robin , there will be a iPhone 6 or 7 by the time the 700Mhz network is built

Joe

4

Its just a frequency switch. Can be added anytime to existing 4g networks. So, essentially the iPhone 5 will still work but not be as long distance or work through walls/ elevators as the 700mhz band. This is similar to Optus / Vodafone 2100mhz compared to telstras 850mhz.

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