The Apple iPhone 5 is all-but-confirmed to have 4G connectivity, even in the UK, after a number of top-level sources have given major hints as to the smartphone’s connectivity features.
Earlier this week Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) revealed that a top-tier, unnamed device would be joining the ranks of 4G-enabled devices on his new super-fast network, and gave a big hint towards that being the iPhone 5.
And now network sources close to the matter have spoken to the Guardian, revealing that the handset has already been tested with the UK 4G service, and will be one of the first LTE enabled handsets in the UK alongside Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, Nokia Lumia 920 and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
The unnamed source also revealed that the iPhone 5 is on the GSMA ‘Master List’, where 4G devices have to be registered before being tested on the 1800MHz spectrum that 4G uses.
If 4G is indeed built into the iPhone 5, EE, as the initial sole UK 4G provider, will be well placed to dominate sales against other UK networks such as O2 and Vodafone. But with pricing for 4G data and the iPhone 5 itself likely to be set at a high premium, it may remain the reserve of the mobile elite.
Via: The Guardian
By Gerald Lynch | September 12th, 2012