Apple’s freshly announced iPhone 5 will be ranged by the equally fresh EE when it launches in a few weeks’ time as the UK’s first-ever 4G network.
Unveiled yesterday amid much fanfare, the iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone boasting support for the super-fast Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, which will be solely offered by EE, - a wholly new carrier formed by Everything Everywhere, the joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile.
EE’s 4G LTE service will be rolled out in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff in the coming weeks and a further 12 cities before Christmas.
Three, which purchased rights to share some of the 1,800MHz spectrum from EE, is also expected to launch a 4G service sometime next year. However, for the time being, it’ll be just EE.
It’s worth noting, though, that IPhone 5 units bought on non-4G networks should still feature an LTE chip (check before you purchase). So you can, theoretically, switch from a 3G-only carrier in the future without any issues.
4G support aside, the iPhone 5 also brings a four-inch Retina ‘integrated touch’ display, an A6 and an improved eight-megapixel snapper – all rolled into an all-new anodized aluminium casing that measures just 7.6mm.
The handset officially goes on sale on September 21st. Pricing will be announced in due course and are expected to be generally much higher with a 4G subscription. We’ll reveal these in due course, so stay tuned.