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Does the iPhone 5 need LTE wireless to succeed?

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 11, 2012
When Apple announces its next iPhone as expected Wednesday, analysts predict it will have faster LTE wireless capability along with other improvements, including a larger 4-in. display, more powerful processor and overall design changes to woo expectant buyers.

Amazon announced an 8.9-in. tablet called the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE last week that will support 10 LTE bands, seemingly to provide connectivity anywhere in North America. It will sell for $499, the same as the starting price for the iPad.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the new Kindle Fire HD LTE last week, he touted the LTE capability as a key selling point, calling LTE the "ultimate tablet feature." On AT&T, customers using the new Kindle device will pay a discounted price of $50 a year for up to 250 MB a month, a big reduction in the annual cost for data with a new iPad on LTE. That kind of discount might be something AT&T has in store with an iPhone on LTE, some analysts suggested.

None of the major carriers are saying whether they will carry the next iPhone, even though all those currently selling the iPhone are expected to continue to do so. Carriers also are not specifically addressing preparations for data demands expected from the device. Those details are likely to come out shortly after Apple's announcement Wednesday.

 

 

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