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  • Cricket Wireless iPhone 5S and 5C to have LTE

    So it has been brought to my attention by another news site that the iPhone 5S and 5C fully support AWS LTE bands. What this means is that your Cricket Wireless iPhone 5s and 5C would have LTE.



    *These statements are my best guess after evaluating all information I have been provided up to this point.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cricket Wireless iPhone 5S and 5C to have LTE started by Chris Rodriguez View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      Do you know maybe by when they could release the iphone 5s?
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      and the "Regional Carriers" include Cricket on the list?
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      They didn't make this list:

      If you're a customer of one of the regional carriers in the U.S., the good news is that the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c should be available for you to purchase starting on October 1st. Carriers (in alphabetical order) like Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, CSpire, GCI, MTA, Nex-Tech Wireless, Ntelos and Strata will have the latest from Apple just as the fourth quarter gets underway.
      Cricket seems to keep things on the hush hush with the public. Probably don't want to set a date and miss it.
    1. dmplus's Avatar
      dmplus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodriguez View Post
      They didn't make this list:



      Cricket seems to keep things on the hush hush with the public. Probably don't want to set a date and miss it.
      I think there is a high chance that once the merger with ATT is done in the next couple months they will sell the ATT version (like how metro sells the t-mobile versions of all their new phones). Apple probably doesn't want to waste supporting a short timer network when they don't have to.

      On the plus side, if the alltell buyout rules are any indication. All cricket users will get a free ATT phone as good or better than what they currently have with no contract.
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by dmplus View Post
      I think there is a high chance that once the merger with ATT is done in the next couple months they will sell the ATT version (like how metro sells the t-mobile versions of all their new phones). Apple probably doesn't want to waste supporting a short timer network when they don't have to.

      On the plus side, if the alltell buyout rules are any indication. All cricket users will get a free ATT phone as good or better than what they currently have with no contract.
      I doubt that. The BIG difference between the Alltell buyout and Cricket buyout is the type of carrier. Cricket is considered a Tier 2 carrier with no credit check service. This puts Cricket in the prepaid category in terms of the Feds. Alltell is considered a regional Tier 1 carrier who performs credit checks and put customers in a contract. This puts them in a post-pay carrier. This means, Alltell customers would need a new phone to continue service under the AT&T brand to maintain their contracts. Since Cricket has no contracts, I doubt Cricket customers will get that same benefit.

      Most likely, Cricket will begin selling whatever new phones it can on the AT&T GSM/LTE network as soon as inventory runs out. This means, phones like iPuke 5c, iPuke 5s, GS4, and so one will be sold as GSM/LTE network phones at activation when sold. When customers upgrade their phones, they would be switched over at that point. AT&T may offer a discount to current subscribers of the Cricket CDMA network a discount when AT&T decides to begin refarming Cricket's spectrum.

      I highly doubt a free phone will be offered to any Cricket customer.
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      Still no release date for iPhone 5s?
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by freskiis19 View Post
      Still no release date for iPhone 5s?
      Nope not yet! However, I heard some mutterings about mid-October. But there is no conclusive date yet. I will say, they have been added to the Database, so it is definite we will get them. Some terminology has been updated in Cricket's system to IMPLY there will be a distinction between the 3G (NON-LTE) iPuke and the 4G (LTE) versions too.
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by short6in View Post
      Nope not yet! However, I heard some mutterings about mid-October. But there is no conclusive date yet. I will say, they have been added to the Database, so it is definite we will get them. Some terminology has been updated in Cricket's system to IMPLY there will be a distinction between the 3G (NON-LTE) iPuke and the 4G (LTE) versions too.

      Just received an email from my Cricket contacts and it is October 25, 2013 for iPuke 5c and 5s launch!
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      Quote Originally Posted by short6in View Post
      Just received an email from my Cricket contacts and it is October 25, 2013 for iPuke 5c and 5s launch!
      Ok, thanks

      ---------- Post added at 02:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:04 PM ----------

      Quote Originally Posted by short6in View Post
      Just received an email from my Cricket contacts and it is October 25, 2013 for iPuke 5c and 5s launch!
      Do you know what the prices are.gonna be?
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by freskiis19 View Post
      Ok, thanks

      ---------- Post added at 02:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:04 PM ----------



      Do you know what the prices are.gonna be?
      5C 499.99
      5S 599.99

      5C blue and white available in retail stores only, ALL colors available via Mycricket.com
      5S All colors available in retail store and Mycricket.com

      It is CONFIRMED, the 5C and 5S BOTH support AWS bands and All Cricket LTE bands. Apparently, Cricket is working some things out to complete LTE availability throughout its network to support the iPukes.
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      Quote Originally Posted by short6in View Post
      5C 499.99
      5S 599.99

      5C blue and white available in retail stores only, ALL colors available via Mycricket.com
      5S All colors available in retail store and Mycricket.com

      It is CONFIRMED, the 5C and 5S BOTH support AWS bands and All Cricket LTE bands. Apparently, Cricket is working some things out to complete LTE availability throughout its network to support the iPukes.
      awesome! aws support. let's see what comes when it's launched on the 25th.
      just got training today! AWS support confirmed.
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      Quote Originally Posted by indica View Post
      awesome! aws support. let's see what comes when it's launched on the 25th.
      just got training today! AWS support confirmed.
      Yesterday i went to buy the cricket iphone 5s but it still running 3g? Will the iphone soon support lte?
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -


      It should support it soon. I think they must be working out authentication methods on the network and perhaps some other stuff.

      Honestly, Cricket would suffer big time in the iPhone department if they didn't get it working. I wouldn't expect support for the 5 (not 5S / 5C) ever though.
    1. freskiis19's Avatar
      freskiis19 -
      Any dates or rumors of when will cricket release lte for iphone 5s/5c?
    1. short6in's Avatar
      short6in -
      Quote Originally Posted by freskiis19 View Post
      Any dates or rumors of when will cricket release lte for iphone 5s/5c?
      I have been told many times over, Cricket is NOT releasing LTE for any new markets. Cricket does not have the money to do so. LTE will be released when AT&T completes its acquisition of Cricket and we convert over to their network.

      You can do a Google search for S Doug Hutcheson's declarations to the FCC concerning the AT&T merger and read for yourself the dire straights Cricket is in and their plans with and without AT&T.
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