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Maxis iPhone 5 4G LTE update is available now [Exclusive]

Apple has just rolled out the much awaited iPhone 5 LTE(Long Term Evolution) update for Malaysia Maxis customers early this morning about 1am. We mentioned about this update on the MalasianWireless Facebook last week.

The carrier bundle update is similar to the one rolled out in the US for T-Mobile except that the Maxis iPhone 5 LTE runs on 1800Mhz. The software release notes for the T-Mobile iPhone 5 update as below(Please note that not all is available in the Maxis iPhone 5 LTE update):

Enables the following:

  • Visual Voicemail
  • 4G network indicator
  • Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
  • AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
  • HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only) [Not available on Maxis]
  • AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)

Auto configures:

  • MMS Settings
  • Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)
  • APN settings for LTE connectivity

My Account bookmark

Improvements

  • Battery life (result of network/device optimization)

Maxis has yet to release any official statement on the iPhone 5 LTE update however a number of users on our Facebook page has confirmed the update.

Some screenshots.

Maxis-iOS-6-1-3-carrier-LTE-Update[iOS Version 6.1.3 (carrer Maxis 14.1), screenshot credit to Teik Wei]

Maxis-iPhone5-enable-LTE[Maxis iPhone 5-Enable LTE option, screenshot credit to Teik Wei]

Maxis-iPhone-5-LTE-speedtest[Maxis iPhone 5 LTE speedtest- 42Mbps]

As seen in the screenshot above, Maxis iPhone 5 users could now experience speeds up to 40+Mbps via LTE. We have been told that the average speed users could expect is about 30Mbps on Maxis LTE(10Mhz is being used in the 1800Mhz).

The coverage for Maxis iPhone 5 LTE(1800Mhz) is not widely available yet(currently very limited sites in the Klang Valley) but expected to hit a couple hundred of sites by the end of the year.

To get the Maxis iPhone 5 LTE update, users could do it Over the Air(OTA). For instructions, visit this page. Please note that the update is being rolled out in batches and may take weeks before it is available on some Maxis iPhone 5 devices.

More official update from Maxis soon.

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Kugan is the founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy