4G coming for iPhone 5 in just weeks
17 Sep 2012
Shifting from Orange and T-Mobile to EE just means a change of SIM card and price plan
When it comes to buying an iPhone 5 on contract, one of the big factors to take into consideration is whether you want to get in early on 4G. As mentioned at the launch, EE will be the first place in the UK to get 4G, with the iPhone 5 looking to be the first device using it. So how do you get it? Sign up to Orange or T-Mobile. Or simply sit tight.
The 4G network isn't quite ready to roll out nationally, but is said to be launching in the 'coming weeks' after initial testing in selected cities. That means a period of time between the launch of the iPhone 5 and the 'proper' start of 4G in the UK. If you can't deal with that, get yourself an iPhone 5 on either Orange or T-Mobile.
The networks have confirmed that you will be able to upgrade from a standard mobile contract to 4G without any kind of penalty to pay. That's because the hardware is ready to go from Apple so you will be using the same phone for both 3G and 4G with those networks.
You will have to start a contract again though, so if you are two months into a new deal, those months will not be taken into account. It's the full 24 months all over again (if that is the deal you sign for). If it launches fairly soon, that's unlikely to be a big issue.
All you have to do is agree to the new plan, get a new SIM card and you're away. But note that the 4G plans are likely to be more costly than a standard plan, which is perhaps why both networks are keen on customers making the switch.
When those prices are confirmed, we'll let you know. In the meantime, you can buy your iPhone 5 from those networks in confidence. Note that current Vodafone and O2 iPhone 5 handsets will not be compatible with 4G offerings from those networks as and when they arrive,