It appears the iPhone 5 is initially being launched in three different versions, to suit the different networks, protocols and frequency bands in different markets.
One of these versions is the model being released in the UK in a couple of weeks time.
While all of the major UK carriers will be able to offer the iPhone 5, as we know LTE will only be available on the newly-christened 4GEE network from the start, with Three also likely to use that spectrum (once they get the okay from Ofcom) sometime next year.
Vodafone and O2 will have to wait for the forthcoming Ofcom spectrum auction for the use of the 800MHz (Band 20) and 2.6GHz (Band 7) frequencies -- neither of which are currently found on any of Apple's three different iPhone 5 models.
This is a problem in Europe and Asia, where LTE networks already make use of the 2.6GHz frequency band.
However, Apple have followed up an initial phone launch with additional network-specific models before, so there's a fairly good chance there will be another model at a later date.
No doubt when the other UK 4G LTE bands become operational, either new network specific-versions will be released, or the UK model will be updated to carry the additional bands. My understanding is that's still sometime away though, so it's likely the iPhone 6 will be out by then and the Galaxy S3 will also have long been replaced.
T mobile price plan £36 pm. 2000min, unlimited txt and Internet/data. Iphone5:16gig £109,32gig £216, 64gig £269.
Thanks Ric, the prices on the other networks are similar but the unlimited data is a big bonus. Doesn't include tethering tho, not sure if the others do.
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A mere £1080 for the 32Gb Iphone 5 for 24months.
Only £500 more than an htc one x on the same plan, with its 4.7 inch screen and a processor x2 over the iphone5, with animated widgets, 3dmaps etc.
Get real guys. Wake up to the fact Apple is trying to fleece u with out of date hardware & OS.
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I've got HTC Sensation & my OH has iPhone 4S. Consistently, the iPhone shows a stronger network & does not drop calls or lose signal like my HTC does. There's a lot more to a phone than just specs.
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Where do you get £1080 from? I paid much less than half that up front for 64gb iPhone 5 on a 24 month contract, and £10 p/m less on my contract. As posted elsewhere, this works out cost neutral over the course of the contract when one takes into account the resale value of my existing iPhone 4, which I imagine holds it's value much better than the non-apple competition.
(I didnt add the last word in that link - thats pure coincidence )
21*12+599=£851 for the same tariff on sim only and buying the phone out right. But bearing in mind a 32gb iPhone 4s which was released a year a go would sell for £350, yet the 32GB One X is selling on ebay for £250 even though it was barely released six months a go? Wonder what its resale after a whole year would be...
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btw, thanks for the link... Didn't realise Tmobile had no fair usage policy. I may switch
£851 is only for 12months - make it 24 months like the other quoted prices and its £1103
A used 32gb iphone 4s is £245 on ebay - so thats dropped £354 before the new ones even out - thats depreciation!
be careful with T-Mobile. one part of their site says no fair use policy but then there's this
Nah, factory unlocked (non jail break) they all go for £350 (discounting the daft people who put high starting bids and end the bidding in the middle of the day). If I could get a 32Gb 4s for £240 I would be tempted for the camera alone, I can get £180 for my 16gb 4!
How much did you say you pay for SKY TV ? with all the time you spend looking for bad press and comparing you'r mighty S3 against iPhones surely you haven't got any time to watch SKY, i would say you'r being ripped off!
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