A source has confirmed with the Guardian that major vendors, including Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson have been testing iPhone handsets compatible with the forthcoming 4G network in the UK. It means the iPhone 5 will run on EE's , formally Everything Everywhere,1800MHz 4G network which was switched on yesterday. See also: iPhone 5 launch: everything you need to know.
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The Guardian said: "Apple has also registered soon-to-be-launched devices that use the frequency with a confidential database operated by the international industry body the GSMA, according to a second source." Check out the iPhone 5 price in UK too.
Apple's choice to support the 1800MHz spectrum plays nicely into EE's hands which will be the only mobile network to offer 4G in the UK for some time. This could mean that the firm has an exclusive on the next generation iPhone, just as O2 did when the original handset launched. It will have in terms of 4G at the very least.
Customers wishing to take advantage of the fast 4G speeds, five times that of 3G according to EE, will have no choice but to go to the new mobile operator which also runs Orange and T-Mobile until other networks are given permission to offer 4G next year by regulator, Ofcom. See also: EE 4G in the UK: what you need to know.
"EE should be very grateful to Ofcom. They have all the ingredients in place to be the dominant player in the market for the foreseeable future." said the source.
The news is further confirmation that the iPhone 5 will support 4G in Blighty after EE hinted at this yesterday at its 4G launch event. Although the firm switched on its 4G network yesterday, it won't be available for consumers until a few weeks' time.
EE will also be offering 4G smartphones in form of the iPhone rivalling Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE alongside the HTC One XL, Nokia Lumia 820 LTE, Nokia Lumia 920 LTE and Huawei Ascend P1.