According to a report, the iPhone 5 will support Everything Everywhere’s 4G network. It will be joining other phones offered by EE such as the 4G version of the HTC One X (One XL) and the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE.
The Guardian reports that the Cupertino firm has registered the device on a confidential 4G database with the GSMA. The new iPhone has also been tested on the 1,800MHz band, which is used by EE’s 4GEE network.
Previously reported, the list of 4G devices to be offered by EE include the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, the HTC One XL, the Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 820, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE. Now, it looks like the iPhone 5 will be joining the list.
Everything Everywhere, consisting of T-Mobile and Orange, will be the first network operator to offer 4G internet. This was possible since the network had extra airwaves after merging. This 1,800MHz spectrum will be used to dish out lightning-fast 4G internet.
Although we’re happy to finally get 4G services in the UK, Everything Everywhere’s 4G plan is controversial. EE will be dishing out 4G services ahead of its rivals O2, Three, and Vodafone.
Ofcom will auction off the 800MHz and 2.6GHz 4G spectrums to other networks early in 2013. This means that the 4G iPhone 5 will be exclusive to Everything Everywhere for several months. It can potentially be the only network to offer the smartphone if Apple doesn’t release a 4G iPhone that works on rival networks’ spectrum.
Apple is scheduled to officially unveil the new iPhone this evening. It is also expected to land in shops soon after.
Would you be interested in the iPhone 5 with LTE support? Since EE will be dishing out LTE services through their 4GEE network, does this mean that you’ll be switching networks? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.