Apple iPhone 4S May Get 4G Indicator on AT&T, Talks Confirmed

October 8, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As you already know, Apple surprised everyone at the iPhone 4S unveiling event by announcing the handset as HSPA+ instead of 4G. This clever labeling of the iPhone 4S has helped the Cupertino-based company to pass through the regulations of all the countries.

One thing that might have influenced Apple to do that might be the unclear definition of 4G between the carriers.

The latest is that AT&T, one of the main carriers on which the iPhone 4S will ride on, wants to label the handset as 4G. A leaked internal document says talks on 4G between Apple and the carrier is on.

AT&T points out that their iPhone 4S customers will get 4G speeds as the handset comes with an HSPA+ supported antenna. And so, they are trying to put the 4G indicator on the AT&T iPhone 4S.

It’s surprising that Apple has shown some interest in this matter. May be this is the first time a carrier has made a genuine request to implement something additional on an iPhone.

The talks have been confirmed, and if they turn successful, then Apple will need an update in the iOS to enable the indicator.

Let’s just hope that the AT&T iPhone 4S customers will get the 4G indicator soon. Indicator or not, they will for sure, get 4G speeds offered by the carrier from day one onwards.

 

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