Nameless contributors of the Korean telecom suppliers SK Telecom and KT have instructed The Korea Times they are talking to Apple concerning the next-gen iPhone on running LTE networks. During the conversation, we check whether the new
iPhone 1.8 GHz frequencies can support LTE. The new iPhone is already capable to connect to similar 4G networks but with certain limitations: the frequency is only used the U.S.
KT source mentioned of being in negotiations with Apple over the use of the LTE frequency for the new iPhone. An official spokesman of the telecom provider declined to comment.
The allegations reinforce previous rumors about iPhone supporting the 4G LTE network. In late July we heard that the next iPhone will get the LTE and NFC chip, for example, which you can make mobile payments. The new iPhone has a 4G antenna, so it is not unlikely if Apple will also make use of in the next iPhone.
"KT is in negotiation with Apple to persuade the latter to support KT’s 1.8-gigahertz frequency in Korea for the upcoming iPhone," said one senior KT executive, asking not to be identified. KT spokeswoman Kim Yoon-jeong declined to confirm.
The company, which joined the race for LTE-enabled smartphones later rivals SK and LG, is trying to persuade Apple to have its new iPhone support LTE connectivity, according to KT officials.
When the new iPhone is announced by Apple remains unknown but recent rumors suggested that Apple will hold a presentation on September 12 where the new iPhone 5 will be is introduced.
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