This is great news for UK-based Apple fans rocking an iPhone 5, either on Orange or T-Mobile. The company that owns both carriers (EE, formerly “Everything Everywhere”) has announced that they will launch the country’s first LTE network on Oct. 30, meaning Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to switch to the network, and enjoy 4G speeds on their beloved iPhone 5.
EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) has announced that it will launch its new 4G service on 30 October. In a statement the company said: “We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30 October 2012.”
EE confirmed that it will launch 4G in ten cities on the 30 October. It will be available in 16 cities by the end of the year – which EE claims is equivalent to a third of the UK population.
Already, the “EE” carrier symbol is appearing on iPhones hooked-up to Orange and T-Mobile’s network. Before this, handsets would automatically switch between Orange and T-Mobile, depending on which network offered the best reception.
But now, EE is about to make things even more exciting. Its 4G network will be compatible with the iPhone 5 (unlike O2′s), meaning iPhone 5 owners will be able achieve super fast download speeds via the LTE network on their handset.