Some clues to Apple’s future iPhone 4 network plans
Synchronized with the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010, an FCC filing has been publicised which makes some interesting reading if you want to try and figure out some of Apple’s plans for global smart phone domination.
It also makes Apple’s iPhone 4 the first device in the world to be released, and sport 5 frequency bands.
The new iPhone 4 not only has the 850MHz/1,900MHz North American frequencies, and the 900MHz/2,100MHz international frequencies. It also has an 800Mhz range. This is omitted on Apple’s website specs. page. But what does having that range mean?
800Mhz would allow the iPhone 4 to work on Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network. As an aside, DoCoMo roughly translated means “Here, there, everywhere!” Which is quite fitting for Apple’s iPhone these days.
Apple are currently tied to SoftBank in Japan. But this addition to the iPhone’s spec. hints that Apple may be looking at more networks in at least one location around the globe. There is hope for all of you on AT&T yet.
Unfortunately, absent in the FCC filing are details of the 1,700Mhz frequency. That range would be required for the iPhone 4 to provide a 3G service on T-Mobile in the US, and Wind Mobile in Canada.
Nokia have a similar 5 band device coming out later this year, but they have chosen to keep the 1,700 range, and drop the Japanese frequency.
One good piece of news on the device spec that Apple has chosen is that it also shows us that Apple is using a more flexible chipset than most, with more than just 5.8Mbps upload speeds.
Are you disappointed that T-Mobile won’t get the iPhone 4? Or perhaps excited to be getting one on DoCoMo in Japan?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments…