For years now we've had to endure the frustration of seeing 4G find its feet in other markets (most notably the US), while all the while our own networks remain firmly stuck in 3G-land.
That's finally about to change thanks to the emergence of EE's 4G LTE service, and the Orange/T-Mobile mashup today officially announced its initial salvo of 4G handsets.
That may sound a bit odd considering we (and EE, for that matter) were talking openly about the promised handsets when the superfast network was first unveiled last month.
Today, however, confirms the line-up and (unlike last month) sees EE making the news official that the iPhone 5 is indeed part of the 4G fold, though that was pretty much guaranteed anyway. To jog your memory, the rest of the LTE coalition of the willing includes the Samsung Galaxy S III and (from October 15) the Galaxy Note II, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE.
You'll have to take out an Orange or T-Mobile contract for now, but once the EE infrastructure is up and running in the coming weeks you'll be able to transfer over. And yes, that does mean you'll be chugging along on 3G until it does.
What we still don't know is what the price bump will be to upgrade your contract once 4G becomes available. Our advice would be to hedge your bets as best you can: choose a handset you'd be happy with on 3G, then wait and see what the speed bump will set you back before making a final decision either way.