AT&T Offers New iPhones with Band 14, eSIM to FirstNet Subscribers
Friday, September 14, 2018 | Comments

AT&T announced it will offer the latest iPhones — iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — introduced this week by Apple to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers. The phones support 700 MHz band 14.

In 15 markets, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use AT&T's Long Term Evolution (LTE)-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) network technologies, capable of offering a theoretical peak speed of up to 1 Gigabit per second.

On Sept. 14, these devices are available for pre-order on the FirstNet web portal for subscribers.

Both phones introduce dual subscriber identity modules (SIM) to iPhone through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM. eSIM is a GSMA global specification that enables remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device. Users can simultaneously store multiple operator profiles on a device and remotely switch between them, though only one can be used at a time.

“This is an exciting development for public safety and a major step forward in the growth of their devices marketplace," said Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet chief technology officer (CTO) and operations director. "From the beginning, public safety has told us they need access to the latest devices for their lifesaving mission. FirstNet is delivering on this promise, and these new devices from Apple are just one more example of how the FirstNet Authority and our network partner, AT&T, are driving innovation on behalf of our nation’s first responders.”

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