iPhone 5 rumors: new iPhone to come with Global 4G LTE, WSJ claims

The iPhone 5 will reportedly offer support for 4G LTE networks across the globe, the Wall Street Journal writes.

The device will support the service in regions like the U.S., Europe and Asia, but it is unlikely that it will be available on every carrier.

The publication writes:

“Apple Inc.’s AAPL +0.62% next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.

The technical compatibility with so-called LTE networks removes a big competitive danger for Apple and gives carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple’s huge base of iPhone customers.”

The first Apple device to support the higher-speed 4G LTE networks was the third-generation iPad, which supported AT&T and Verizon’s networks — but notably didn’t work internationally. This resulted in complaints in numerous countries including Australia and across Europe.

The New iPad, which was released earlier this year, offered support for 4G LTE networks, but it was very limited, with Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., and Bell, Rogers and Telus in Canada.

The rumors will get a confirmation or not next Wednesday at Apple’s live keynote.