TmoNews reports that T-Mobile USA has begun rolling out software updates to unlocked iPhone customers on its network. According to the carrier’s support portal, the update enables a number of features, including LTE support where available, improved battery performance, and visual voicemail support.
The update, which is meant for existing, unlocked versions of the GSM iPhone 5, enables also the following:
“- 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)
– AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)
– MMS Settings
– Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)
– APN settings for LTE connectivity
– My Account bookmark
– Battery life (result of network/device optimization)
– T-Mobile iPhone or any officially unlocked GSM iPhone
– Latest iOS software version
– Device software is not jailbroken
– 50% battery life or connected to a power source
– Data connection or a computer with iTunes or internet access
– Minimum of 1 MB available memory (File size of updates is ~ 10KB)”
Online pre-orders for the official T-Mobile iPhone 5 began early Friday morning, starting at $99 for the 16GB models. As the carrier had revealed previously, will begin shipping iPhone orders for the first time on April 12, the same day the super-popular Apple (AAPL) smartphone goes on sale in stores.
Yesterday, in preliminary first quarter 2013 results, T-Mobile said that it added 579,000 customers, bringing the total customer count to 34 million for the country’s fourth largest carrier.