If you’re with Vodafone or O2 and looking to get your hands on the LTE-enabled iPhone 5, we have bad news for you. The LTE new iPhone does not support the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrums the two networks will be using for their 4G network. This means that only EE and Three will offer the 4G iPhone.
Ofcom will auction off the two spectrums mentioned above to O2 and Vodafone later this year. Aside from the delay, the iPhone 5 will not support these frequencies. It will only support the 1,800MHz spectrum of EE’s 4GEE network and later on Three’s LTE network.
Apple designed its new iPhone to support LTE networks in the US and Asia. It looks like the Cupertino firm failed to consider 4G networks in Europe. The only way O2 and Vodafone will get to offer the iPhone 5 with LTE support is if Apple decides to release a version that supports the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrums.
We’re not sure if Apple plans to release a version that will work with these frequencies. If they do, this would mean an increase in cost and a reduction in production margins. We’re sure Apple or any company will not like this.
On the flip side, O2 and Vodafone are major networks in the UK. EE may be the biggest network in the UK, but only because it is Orange and T-Mobile under one banner. Individually, O2 or Vodafone may be bigger. So Apple may consider making a 4G iPhone for their frequencies.
Although Vodafone and O2 will not be getting the iPhone 5 with LTE support, they will still be getting the 3G iPhone 5.
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