iPhone 5 is one of the most coveted smart phones on the market today. If you are signed up on Public Mobile and want to use an iPhone, there are a few things to consider before getting into a long term contract.
What is Public Mobile?
Public Mobile is one of the recent Canadian phone company start ups, operating mainly in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton, Niagara and Montreal. Subscribers on Public Mobile have been treated to some of the most affordable cell phone plans.
Using iPhone on Public Mobile
Have you considered getting an unlocked iPhone and using it on Public Mobile? There are many unlocked iPhones that can be purchased on the market today, but how do you know if it works on Public Mobile?
Before you go out and purchase any unlocked iPhone, you need to consider a few things
Public Mobile works on CDMA2000
CDMA200 is a wireless band or operating frequency that all Public Mobile phones work on. The phones currently offered by the company are specially engineered to work on their networks. This includes some of the touch screen smartphones: ZTE N672, the Android Kyocera Rise and the Public Mobile Max.
GSM iPhone 5 compatibility with Public Mobile
If you own a GSM phone, such as the GSM version of the iPhone, you are out of luck. The phone will not work on Public Mobile. It operates on a completely different technology and there is no way to unlock or make it work.
Will the CDMA version of iPhone 5 work on Public Mobile?
Although Apple has released a CDMA version, you can’t simply get the phone unlocked and try to hook it up to Public Mobile’s CDMA network. The technologies are similar, but Public Mobile networks work on a specialize technology that will only support certain cell phones. The iPhone does not have support on Public Mobile. It will not be compatible even if it is unlocked.
In short, the iPhone 5 is not compatible with Public Mobile, unlocked, jailbroken or otherwise. Apple will need to release a version with a new antenna to work on Public Mobile networks.