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Will the current iPhone 5 work with future UK 4G?

Say I buy an iPhone 5 from Apple. Would it be able to use a 4G O2/Vodafone/Three SIM in it (after the Ofcom auction etc etc) ?

Most Useful Answer AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 07:26

No.

It only supports frequencies used by EE at the moment. It will 100% not work on o2 or vodafone. But it may work on Three when they launch their 4g network as they may be using the same frequency as EE

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AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 07:26

No.

It only supports frequencies used by EE at the moment. It will 100% not work on o2 or vodafone. But it may work on Three when they launch their 4g network as they may be using the same frequency as EE

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 08:28

Although 3 will have more and they will hope better coverage on non i5 spectrum after the auction.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:59

AFAIK, iOS updates bring compatibility, no? Yesterday's iOS6.1 update allegedly brought compatibility with a dozen or so 4G networks... http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57566214-37/apple-releases-ios-6.1-with-additional-lte-support/
If I'm wrong forgive me - I have mostly 2G here in Ireland o_O

Pondlife  Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:48

At launch it was said it didn't have the hardware to do the spectrum needed in the uk, cnets article is a bit light on useful details..

http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
Don't think the actual bands on the uk one have altered just the number of networks using them that it's set up for.
Definitely not the additional ones up for auction though. 800 and 2600

AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:50

That's just 4g networks that weren't selling the iphone with 4g before. Only new hardware would make it work. Software does nothing.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 13:18

Thanks, Ahmad - I kinda suspected as much. It just doesn't interest me enough to engage my higher search functions. :p

AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 14:21

No worries haha.

I know what you mean :p

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 30, 2013 at 08:24

I would not worry about LTE support on iPhone 5. By the time LTE is rolled out and becomes affordable it would be iPhone 6 or 7.

On another note, you don't need LTE at all right now. Three 42Mbps downlink on 3G works just as great (Verified on Note 2 LTE).

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