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Old 11-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Why isn't the iphone 5s triband?

Recently saw an article about Sprint Spark and they are set to release some triband model cell phones yet Apples newest iphone 5s is not triband. I'm confused and wondering why Sprint would launch another 4G project when the 4Glte is not everywhere like it should be.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #2
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Recently saw an article about Sprint Spark and they are set to release some triband model cell phones yet Apples newest iphone 5s is not triband. I'm confused and wondering why Sprint would launch another 4G project when the 4Glte is not everywhere like it should be.
It isn't Triband because at the time it finalized for manufacturing Softbank had not bought Sprint and Sprint had not bought Clearwire. So, there was no way to know for sure if the deal would ultimately go through.

What would you do with a triband device if the whole buyout thing had fallen apart?

The iPhone 6 next year will be triband. Count on it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:18 AM   #3
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Yes that's true. I just want some LTE at least in my area but hasn't happened yet just trying to be patient!
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:37 AM   #4
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Yes that's true. I just want some LTE at least in my area but hasn't happened yet just trying to be patient!
It'll come. I waited almost a year once I got my iPhone 5 before Phoenix got LTE. It's still spotty but at least it's pretty strong at my home now.

If you want to keep active tabs on your situation you might go over to s4gru.com. They get inside information about the rollout from Sprint sources. They have a running list as to what markets are where and when they expect to complete and a daily list of accepted towers.

If you donate you get better access and can see what specific towers are being worked on, work permits, maps, etc. s4gru.com is how I found out that LTE had finally made it to Phoenix.
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LTE is slowly (read painstakingly) making its way to Sacramento and I'm glad some areas are already functional. What I'm disappointed by, slightly ahead of the lack of Triband capability, is the inability to handle simultaneous voice and data. I didn't think this was a big deal, but missing a turn while using GPS because I get a phone call kinda bites.
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LTE is slowly (read painstakingly) making its way to Sacramento and I'm glad some areas are already functional. What I'm disappointed by, slightly ahead of the lack of Triband capability, is the inability to handle simultaneous voice and data. I didn't think this was a big deal, but missing a turn while using GPS because I get a phone call kinda bites.
That's a CDMA limitation and not something I think triband will solve.

Verizon has the same situation as they are also a CDMA network. If you want simutaneous voice/data you need another radio in the phone or to go to a GSM network.
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Yes I understand that it's one of a bunch of knocks of CDMA networks. However other oems have made accommodations. It's disappointing that Apple doesn't.
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Yes I understand that it's one of a bunch of knocks of CDMA networks. However other oems have made accommodations. It's disappointing that Apple doesn't.
You have to realize that Apple probably finalized the specs on the iPhone at least 6 or more months before it was released. At that time there was no guarantee that Sprint would own Clearwire or 2.5Ghz would be an option. They did provide support for 800MHz which even the Note 3 does not include even though it was released after the iPhone. Tri-band support would be nice to have I agree but you can't really blame Apple for not including it.
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Yes all those factors are applicable. I just get annoyed mainly at Sprint for not having such an expansive 4G LTE network in addition to having a multitude of issues with constant updates which affect my internet connection greatly.
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Sprint barely has an LTE coverage, nevermind tri-band LTE coverage. Any phone that supports tri-band might have a marketing advantage, but what good is it when the LTE footprint is tiny.
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Sprint barely has an LTE coverage, nevermind tri-band LTE coverage. Any phone that supports tri-band might have a marketing advantage, but what good is it when the LTE footprint is tiny.
Except for the fact that Sprint's LTE rollout is various frequencies all over not blanketing in just 1 so by not having tri-band that coverage becomes even less.

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Except for the fact that Sprint's LTE rollout is various frequencies all over not blanketing in just 1 so by not having tri-band that coverage becomes even less. Sent from my SM-N900T using SprintUsers Forum
That seems like awful planning and is far from positive.
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That seems like awful planning and is far from positive.
Never implied it was positive. I agree its horrible planning along with one of the many reasons I left. Then again this is coming from the company behind the Sprint Nextel merger and WiMax rollout... So would you expect anything less?
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This was a multi-year wait for me, culminating in my moving to Verizon and getting 4G LTE immediately. I have a neighbor that's working for Sprint, building out their network. He was telling me for over a year that "4G is coming... don't give up." That was during the 2012 Super Bowl.
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