The entire 5G network does not support older iPhone models
According to NET, AT&T has spent more than $9 billion to acquire the 3.54GHz spectrum. It planned to deploy this spectrum alongside its current C-band ether. Together, this would give the carrier a more robust network that can compete with what other carriers such as T-Mobile and Verizon offer.
In August, AT&T told CNET it would upgrade its 5G devices to support the 3.54GHz mid-band spectrum. These devices include older iPhones such as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models. But now it looks like AT&T is withdrawing its plan as it will limit which devices can connect to the carrier’s 5G footprint. AT&T customers who own older devices with 5G capability will no longer receive updates and will not connect to the entire 5G mid-band network.
iPhone 14 supports AT&T’s new network
AT&T’s assistant vice president of corporate communications confirmed the report and even published a list of high-end phones compatible with the 3.54GHz mid-band spectrum. The iPhone 14 series is on the list.
The news means AT&T customers with older iPhones and other smartphones will only be able to connect to AT&T’s current 5G network, including the C-band 5G. However, once AT&T deploys both the 3.54GHz and C-Band 5G networks together, these customers will no longer be able to enjoy all the benefits.