Vodafone will not come to market with a 4G network until nearer the date of the iPhone 5S launch and will likely charge a premium price for its premium service, it has emerged.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the company had abandoned plans to launch a super-fast 4G offering in cities in June and is now targeting a due date of August or September.
Although, he didn’t specifically mention the putative release date of the next iPhone, Colao left little doubt that this had weighed heavily on the decision when he revealed that it is waiting for a “good commercial moment” at the “end of the summer” to show its hand.
Apple had at one time been expected to unveil the phone that’s alternately dubbed the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 next month at the WWDC event, before purported manufacturing problems caused Apple to postpone its release.
Colao also disclosed that Vodafone’s 4G contracts would be priced to reflect the faster service they offer and claimed that the delay to launching the service will allow the carrier to improve availability across the UK and offer faster speeds than EE’s 4G product.
Analysts' forecasts consistently name September as the month most likely to be marked by a new iPhone this year.
Assuming the rumour mill is correct, the handset will retain the same design as the current model, but will find room for a larger screen and offer more colour options and a hugely revamped version of Apple’s iOS software.