You need an iPhone 14 to see AT&T’s entire 5G network


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AT&T is rolling out a new 5G midband network, but for Apple fans, only the newly announced iPhone 14 can use it.
Earlier in 2022, AT&T said it was in the process of including 5G devices to use its new 3.45GHz midband 5G network. But in reality, Apple 5G devices released before 2022 will be excluded from AT&T’s new spectrum purchase, and that’s not because of a lack of compatible hardware.
It is not entirely clear why this is the case. The modems in Apple’s iPhone that go back to the iPhone 12 support those frequencies.
AT&T and Dish won the US Federal Communications Commission’s extended spectrum auction. The auction cost AT&T $9.1 billion for the right to include this midband frequency on its network.

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