Pop over to Apple’s Ultrafast LTE page, do a quick search for “United Kingdom”, and you’ll see mention of just two UK mobile networks, namely EE and Vodafone. But what about O2?
Well, O2 promises it will sort out iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C 4G in due course, but it might be several weeks after the September 20 launch.
It’s thought that the delay is a result of Apple’s strict vetting process, though it’s not entirely clear why EE and Vodafone were able to jump through the necessary hoops where O2 failed.
On O2’s The Blue blog, the network explains: “iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are both 4G ready devices that will be enabled to run on our 4G network within the coming weeks – this will happen when new settings are ready to be sent by Apple and we will inform customers when they are available.
“Customers who buy iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on a 4G tariff before this update happens will get £5 off their bill for one month. Until the update, customers can still use all the data that comes with the 4G tariff and enjoy enhanced versions of O2 Tracks and Priority Sports on our 3G network.”
The network has also confirmed that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available through “future-proof” O2 Refresh, while customers can get up to £280 back by trading in their old phone.
Full iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C pricing on O2 will be announced when the pre-order pages go up.