T-Mobile USA Rolling Out Software Update for Existing Unlocked iPhone Customers

iphone_5_black_whiteIn line with a report from earlier this week, TmoNews reports that T-Mobile USA has begun rolling out software updates for existing customers running unlocked iPhones on its network.

As the carrier notes in its support forum, the update enables a number of features, including LTE support where available, ahead of the official launch of new iPhone 5 sales for the carrier next week.

Enables the following:

- Visual Voicemail
- 4G network indicator
- Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
- AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
- HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
- AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)

Auto configures:

- MMS Settings
- Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)
- APN settings for LTE connectivity
- My Account bookmark

Earlier today, T-Mobile began taking pre-orders for iPhone 5 customers, with the official launch set for next Friday, April 12.

Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

Tiger8 Avatar
145 months ago
They are not wasting time! WOW!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aristotle Avatar
145 months ago
I don't think you guys understand what is going on here. The T-Mobile version and the old iPhone 5 AT&T versions are the SAME hardware.

The only difference between the two models is that they have a different firmware builds. A firmware update can update the baseband which is what controls the radios and what frequencies can be offered.

When you hear about a new version breaking the unlocks that jailbreakers use, it is because Apple updated the baseband portion of the firmware. It is similar to an SMC firmware update on a mac. When Apple updates the baseband, it will often result in a longer upgrade process as the phone has to reboot several times. If a baseband update is not part of the update, jailbreakers can often get their unlock back.

It is possible that Apple will provide older iPhone 5 models with a baseband that can use AWS HSPA+ sometime in the future. Apple has already told the FCC that the hardware is the same. The only difference is the baseband firmware which can be updated and has been updated multiple times by previous updates to iOS.

When you officially unlock, Apple sends an update file that modifies the baseband slightly causing it to shift from a carrier locked baseband to a "factory unlocked" one. That unlock will remain in place even after future firmware updates.

You guys are under the mistaken impression that the cellular radio firmware is stored on a READ ONLY chip.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCCL Avatar
145 months ago
For Carrier updates, you need to go to Settings - General - About. That will trigger the carrier update. Of course you'll need to have your T-Mobiles SIM inserted in the iPhone.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BrandonRP0123 Avatar
145 months ago
For those of you that are eager...

- Carrier update changes references of 3G to 4G

- My new APN for cellular data is fast.t-mobile.com
- My new APN for MMS is fast.t-mobile.com
- MMSC remains the same: http://mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc
- MMS max message size the same 1048576
- MMS UA Prof URL: now empty
- Takes away my 'Internet Tethering' section in the Cellular Data Settings
- Puts a 'Setup Personal Hot Spot' button on the cellular page. Press it "PLZ CONTACT TEH TMOBILE TO CAN HAZ SETUP HOTSPOT" (those turds)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crisss1205 Avatar
145 months ago
You can also install this profile update by visiting http://tmobile.com/isetup directly on your iPhone if your phone is on T-Mobile’s network but doesn’t show up any available updates.

I tried accessing that link with my AT&T iPad and it was about to install the T-mobile configurator. I cancelled it. Did anyone tried it to see what happens?

It has been posted several times here already, IT IS NOT the same thing as a carrier update.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SmacTX Avatar
145 months ago
When it's available, it will be in this list:

curl -s -L http://phobos.apple.com/version | grep -i ios6.1.*_us_
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iphone se 4 modified flag edges

iPhone SE 4 With Face ID Said to Be Priced Below $500

Monday May 20, 2024 3:43 am PDT by
Apple is targeting a sub-$500 starting price for its upcoming fourth-generation iPhone SE model despite a raft of rumored upgrades coming to the more affordable device. According to leaker Revegnus on X, the U.S. launch price of the fourth-generation iPhone SE will either remain at the same $429 starting price as the current model, or will see an increase of around 10%. Either way, Apple's...
iOS 17

Apple Releases iOS 17.5.1 With Fix for Reappearing Photos Bug

Monday May 20, 2024 10:11 am PDT by
Apple today released iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1, minor updates to the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating system updates that came out last September. The 17.5.1 updates come a week after the launch of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5. iOS 17.5.1 and iPadOS 17.5.1 can be downloaded on eligible iPhones and iPads over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update. According to Apple's...
iPhone 16 Camera Lozenge 2 Perspective

iPhone 16 Lineup Rumored to Come in These Two New Colors

Sunday May 19, 2024 11:08 am PDT by
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today outlined his expectations for the iPhone 16 lineup's color options, revealing that two new colors should replace two of the existing shades. Kuo outlined his expectations in a post on X (formerly Twitter) earlier today. He believes that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be available in black, white or silver, gray or "Natural Titanium," and rose....
microsoft surface pro qualcomm

Microsoft Says New Surface Pro is Faster Than 15" M3 MacBook Air

Monday May 20, 2024 3:19 pm PDT by
Microsoft is going all in on AI, today introducing a series of Copilot+ PCs that have AI-focused hardware. The new Surface Pro is one of the first Copilot+ PCs, equipped with Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite processor. Microsoft is already pitting the Surface Pro against Apple's M3 MacBook Air, and in marketing materials, claims that the Surface Pro has superior processing power and...
iOS 17

iOS 17.5 Bug May Also Resurface Deleted Photos on Wiped, Sold Devices [Updated]

Friday May 17, 2024 12:24 pm PDT by
A bug in iOS 17.5 is apparently causing photos that have been deleted to reappear, and the issue seems to impact even iPhones and iPads that have been erased and sold off to other people. A Reddit user wiped an iPad following Apple's guidelines in September of 2023 before selling it off to a friend. That friend updated the iPad to iPadOS 17.5 this week, and began seeing the Reddit user's old ...
iphone se 4 modified flag edges

When to Expect the Next iPhone SE to Launch

Friday May 17, 2024 2:03 pm PDT by
It has been over two years since Apple released the third-generation iPhone SE, and rumors continue to surface about a new model. The latest word comes from The Information, which today reported that Apple plans to release a new iPhone SE with a design similar to the standard iPhone 14 in the spring of 2025. If this rumor is accurate, the iPhone SE would finally gain Face ID and a notch...