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Here’s where you can use the iPhone 5 ‘ultrafast LTE’

While our friends across the Atlantic have been basking in the full shine of fast LTE wireless network connectivity, here in Europe the adoption rate has been… well, let’s just say, less than stellar.

But fast or not, LTE adoption in Europe is happening. It’s the 4G we’ve all been waiting and now that the mobile hardware has matured enough, Apple is finally confident enough to hop on the LTE bandwagon. But are the carriers ready?

Here are the LTE carriers, which would support the iPhone 5:

USA

  • AT&T
  • Sprint – CDMA iPhone
  • Verizon – CDMA iPhone

USA

  • AT&T
  • Sprint – CDMA iPhone
  • Verizon – CDMA iPhone

Armenia

  • K-Telecom(VivaCell-MTS)

Japan

  • KDDI – CDMA iPhone
  • Softbank

Germany

  • Deutsche Telekom

UK

  • EE a.k.a. Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile)

Australia

  • Optus (including Virgin)
  • Telstra

South Korea

  • SK Telecom
  • KT

Hong Kong

  • SmarTone

Singapore

  • M1
  • SingTel

Of course, with carriers without LTE networks, the iPhone 5 will operate just as well as the iPhone 4S – limited to GSM/HSPA connectivity.

Going through the fine print we also found that unlocked iPhone 5 models may support LTE networks outside the country of purchase when using a valid SIM from a supported carrier, though certain limitations apply. LTE roaming may not be available in-between all carriers and band support does not necessarily guarantee support on all LTE networks running on the same bands.

The list of carriers offering LTE is certainly not long and the coverage in Europe is rather flimsy. Let’s hope that a popular device such as the iPhone would be able to change the odds into the customer’s favor.

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