iPhone 5c (family, gree, blue, yellow, red, white)

As we continue to uncover interesting tidbits following Apple’s introduction of the flagship iPhone 5s and the plastic iPhone 5c this morning, a little-appreciated fact has now come to light. Both new iPhones are offered in four different hardware varieties each versus three different cellular versions of the iPhone 5.

The consolidated 5s/5c models offer more LTE bands than before, but the coolest thing is that in the United States a single version now supports AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Additionally, a different version of the handsets will provide compatibility with Sprint and Japan’s KDDI and Softbank carriers.

Previously, there used to be two different US flavors of the iPhone 5, one for the AT&T and T-Mobile and the other for Verizon and Sprint networks…

Thanks to the expanded LTE support, a single variety of both new iPhones will provide compatibility with Vodafone’s new LTE network, EE’s network and Three’s upcoming LTE network which launches in December, MacRumors explains.

Despite keeping mum on the rumored deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest telco, it’s interesting that China is among the countries included in the first wave of iPhone 5s/5c launches on Friday, September 20.

Previously, iPhones would become available in the 1.33 billion people market a few months after they launched in the United States.

UnwiredView reports that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has recently issued the 4G TD-LTE certification for the flagship iPhone 5s.

Given the telco is prepping the commercial launch of the TD-LTE 4G network later this year, the iPhone 5s should be among a few devices offered initially. Thus far, China Mobile announced the following TD-LTE devices: the Samsung Galaxy Note II ,  Sony Xperia SP, Huawei Ascend D2 and  ZTE Grand Memo U-815.

iPhone 5s (gold, three up, back, front, profile)

The iPhone 5s/5c feature more LTE coverage than ever before, Apple states:

iPhone 5s has up to 13 LTE bands. That’s more than any other single model of smartphone. Which means even more iPhone users can experience fast download and upload speeds in more places around the world.

Meanwhile, the number of LTE carriers supported by iPhone worldwide continues to grow. So when you’re traveling, you can take advantage of ultrafast LTE networks in more places.

The iPhone 5s specs page lists four models, the A1533, A1453, A1457 and A1530.

Here’s a detailed overview of each one:

  • Model A1533 (GSM): UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA): CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)

The iPhone 5c specs page lists these four versions: A1532, A1456, A1507 and A1529.

Check them out below:

  • Model A1532 (GSM): UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1532 (CDMA): CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1456: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev B. (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1507: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1529: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)

As you know, Apple used to offer three different version of the iPhone 5: model A1428 for GSM networks (AT&T), model A1429 with both GSM and CDMA support  (Verizon, Sprint and other CDMA carriers) and another model, A1442, for China’s CDMA telcos.

If you hop over to Apple’s web page that identifies iPhone models, you’ll notice it’s not been updated with the newly announced iPhone 5s/5c hardware yet. Apple provides additional details on LTE support here.

On a related note, the company confirmed in a press release today that both new iPhones will launch on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo carrier on Friday, September 20.

Beginning on Friday, September 13, NTT’s customers can pre-order the iPhone 5c at the carrier’s dealers. The first 30,000 DoCoMo Premier Club Premier Stage customers can pre-order the device from the carrier’s website.

The iPhone hasn’t been available on the NTT DoCoMo network before so the carrier’s 60+ million customers should provide a nice boost to iPhone sales in the country.

  • xavi

    So what happen to IPhone 5? They when from iPhone 5c to 5s what about the iPhone 5 they won’t sell no more???

    • OfcrFriendly

      iPhone 5 from my understanding has been discontinued

    • Byron C Mayes

      What you just said is the answer to your question: “They won’t sell no more”

    • ULTIMATEXFIGHTER

      The iPhone 5C is considered still the iPhone 5 just with a plastic body/housing. That’s all. They’re not calling it iPhone 5 anymore. It’s got the same guts and everything, even with a slightly bigger battery but everything else is still the same as the iPhone 5. Just the name changed and the different color’s. It’s just another way of Apple making everybody believe that it’s a New phone

      • Lance Spahr

        The iPhone 5c also offers an upgraded FaceTime HD camera.

    • 40niners

      why not discontinue the 4s? iphone 5 was as of yesterday the newest kid on the block, i dont get it.

      • Jeff Ramirez

        Because Apple! That’s why.

      • Nour Khaled

        They did that with the ipad 3 too if you remember and I was asking the same question

      • Kyle

        The iPhone 4s is still selling very well, better than the 5c, only slightly worse than the 5s.

    • James

      I’m sure places like Verizon Wireless and Best Buy will still sell you an iPhone 5 from their leftover inventory.

  • Matt Taylor

    This will make life easier for jailbreak hackers/devs right!?

  • Cody Cutrer

    You’re missing A1528 from http://www.apple.com/cn/iphone-5s/specs/ (interesting that A1529 is *not* listed there)

  • Cody Cutrer

    Also A1533, A1453, A1457, and A1530 from http://www.apple.com/jp/iphone-5s/specs/.

  • Tobias9413

    Wish this was the thing with the iphone 5. I have an unlocked att iphone 5 and I only get edge or lte no 3G. And the area where I live I don’t have lte everywhere so I run on edge most of the time since 3G isn’t supported for unlocked iPhones 🙁

    • Mykle

      Right, for you it would make sense to make the switch.

  • KJDelhi

    What will be interesting to see is if the Verizon model will be factory unlocked as that for iPhone5 was 🙂

    • Mykle

      that’s what everyone is wondering and hoping hahaha. Do you know if Verizon even offers a 1 year contract by paying a higher subsidized price?

    • Lance Spahr

      Verizon is required to have the iPhones unlocked to GSM networks as per an FCC rule, in exchange for using LTE, or so I have read.

  • mauro

    Since travelling to the US next week, I would love to take the opportunity to
    buy a iPhone 5s, since it won’t be available in my country for another 2 months
    and because it will be a lot cheaper to buy one in the US.

    Of course, I will purchase a unlocked and contract-free iPhone, but the US
    sells model A1533 and I understand that I need the A1457 model to use in Brazil

    Would it be possible to buy a A1457 in the US? If not, what would be
    advisable for me to do?

    Thank you for any response!

  • Lance Spahr

    Since there is one model for Verizon, AT&T, and sprint, shouldn’t the Verizon 5s have simultaneous voice & data?

    • Lance Spahr

      Correction, the iPhone 5s uses one model for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, NOT sprint