Yesterday on Twitter, I was greeted with news of an iOS upgrade that enables the dormant LTE capability of iPhone 5’s. I quickly updated my iOS 6.0 to 6.1 (107MB) and after a few minutes, there it is, LTE support on my iPhone 5.
Smart iPhone 5 subscribers should automatically have access to over 500 establishments with LTE coverage in the metro as long as they’re under an Unli Data Plan (999 to 3000). There’s no additional payment required and LTE is free and unlimited until April 30, 2013.
Unfortunately, those iPhone 5 users who subscribe to Smart’s unli surfing (All-In Plan like me) is not included in this first wave of LTE rollout. Anyway long story short, I went to Smart and they fixed it for me, I can now access LTE on my iPhone 5.
When I arrived at the office parking lot earlier, I was surprised to see the “LTE” on my phone instead of “3G”. I quickly fired up Speedtest to check just how fast LTE is now that more and more people have access to it.
Not bad right considering max speed for current LTE allowed by carriers is 42mbps?
I stayed in the car for a while to check how fast the download speed for LTE is. I whipped out my Android phone, connect to my iPhone 5’s hotspot, and ran a torrent app to download a bunch of songs totaling to 370MB purely for testing purposes only. Hehehe. Check it out:
It’s fasttttt!!! Download was done in less than 10 minutes and I saw speeds push to about 1.2mbps for a spell. Groovy! I’m now spoiled.
I love the internet speed of my iPhone 5 while still on Smart’s 3G but I’m loving it more now with Smart’s LTE. How I wish they’ll expand their coverage soon so I can also get it in our home.
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