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Updated: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C only compatible with Vodafone and EE 4G networks

Sam Loveridge by

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O2 has tweeted that it will support iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on its 4G network, with further details coming soon.

"Yes iPhone 5S and 5C will support 4G on O2. More info coming soon," reads the tweet from O2 UK.

At present O2 still isn't listed on Apple's supported list, which leads us to believe there will be an O2 specific version just to support is network.

***Orignial Story***

Apple has confirmed that the newly unveiled iPhone 5S and lower-cost iPhone 5C will only be compatible with the Vodafone and EE 4G networks in the UK.

The details have popped up on the iPhone LTE listings page, revealing that the newly launched O2 4G network won’t support the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, at least for now.

Although there are no further details offered by Apple at this point, we have contacted the Cupertino company and O2 for information on the 4G LTE compatibility of the new iPhone duo.

It seems a shame that anyone wanting to sign up for the new O2 4G network won’t have launch access to the new iPhone pair.

Apple launched the new iPhones during a dedicated event at its Cupertino campus, but failed to live stream the event for its fans.

The company has opted to launch the iPHone 5C after all, despite previous claims that Apple would never launch a “budget” smartphone.

The iPhone 5C is modelled on the current iPhone 5, with the same A6 processor, but has a new polycarbonate colourful design that reduces the price a touch.

Prices start at £469 SIM-free for the 16GB option, while the 32GB model is priced at £549, so in fact it isn’t quite as cheap as everyone hoped or expected.

The flagship iPhone 5S has a host of new features for consumers, including the new A7 processor, better iSight camera and a new M7 motion chip with Nike Plus Move built in.

It’s also the first to pack a fingerprint scanner into the home button, something which Apple has dubbed Touch Id.

Both of the new iPhone models come with the new iOS 7 pre-installed.

4g iphone 5s and iphone 5c

"Limited 4G support a huge let-down for UK consumers"

says Andy Vandervell, Deputy Editor

The fact the iPhone 5S and 5C will only support 4G on the EE and Vodafone networks is great news for EE and Vodafone, but no one else. Prices on 4G tariffs are still way too high for the great majority, especially for anyone who wants to use 4G to its full effect and use reasonable levels of data. An initial iPhone lock-in will make it hard for O2 and Three to compete, and give little incentive to EE or Vodafone to compete on price. The result? More expensive contracts for everyone.

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September 10, 2013, 7:17 pm

Surely it will also work with Three (1800 mhz) once that's started?

Ian McKee

September 10, 2013, 7:26 pm

O2 saying publicly that 5C and 5S will work on its 4G network... https://twitter.com/O2/status/...


September 10, 2013, 7:26 pm

Three has some 800Mhz I believe, too. Will check on that.


September 10, 2013, 7:30 pm

O2 use the 800mhz band 20 which is listed there if I am not mistaken?


September 10, 2013, 7:38 pm

Tweeted by O2:

And One More Thing...Yes iPhone 5S and 5C will support 4G on O2. More info coming soon - o2.co.uk/comingsoon


September 10, 2013, 7:50 pm

They should do the same with the iPhone 5 and have its specific to EE - only worthwhile network...


September 10, 2013, 9:07 pm

Yes, will work on 3, they are taking registration now


September 10, 2013, 9:12 pm

Three haven't launched their 4G network yet. Awful reporting!!


September 10, 2013, 10:41 pm

O2 have, however, and it's already known what bands Three's network will run on.


September 10, 2013, 10:49 pm

It should work on all networks LTE, bands 3, 7 and 20 are the important ones that are being used for LTE right now, with some networks possibly looking to use 1 and 8 by re-farming their 3G network sometime in the future, so it should be future proof for LTE.
It doesn't make sense otherwise since all the networks LTE are using the same bands, Vodafone 7 and 20, EE 3, 7 and 20, O2 just 20 with Three mobile 3 and and 20.

That is unless they have somehow restricted band 20, I don't know why they have called it 800DD surely it should read 800MHz like all the other bands.


September 10, 2013, 11:56 pm

As with other 'tech news' sites you quote the US specification page.

If you bothered to check the UK spec page you'd see the UK model with more LTE bands on it!


Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)


September 11, 2013, 12:23 am

Well it's clear now, but Apple was clearly and obviously listing EE and Vodafone alone as supported networks. It wasn't the spec page, but the specific LTE support page, a global one at that.


September 11, 2013, 7:06 am

Apple and their bullshit exclusivity.Bad enough that they didn't enlarge the tiny screen,address,battery life,and flash player,but instead gave people unimportant fluff.Who needs a fingerprint scanner or a gold colour phone??.It';s a gimmick.I'm leaving and getting the HTC ONE..by far a better phone.
If Apple warranted the exclusivity as they once did that would be one thing,,, but they don't anymore.


September 11, 2013, 9:07 am

Ceejay, to support UK frequencies, we need:
Band 3 (1800 Mhz (EE, and later Three)),
Band 7 (2600 Mhz (EE, Voda, BT)), and
Bands 18/19/20 (800Mhz (O2, Three, EE, Voda)).
I concede the 800DD/800Mhz is unclear but the spec listed above is still missing the 2600 freq band.

In your face Andoid and Window

September 11, 2013, 9:51 pm

Screen is more than adequate, who needs a tablet size screen in their pocket, first 64bit mobile phone, with a dedicated GPu chip. Nothing Gimmicky about this phone but once again Apple showing they have and always will be the trend setters with Mobile technology


September 12, 2013, 10:40 am

http://www.fiercewireless.com/... - Dave Dyson boss of 3 UK said he was basing his 4G plans around 1800Mhz - I pinched that from the article


September 17, 2013, 4:04 am

More than adequate for a phone two years ago maybe. Anyone that uses a phone with a bigger screen will never want a smaller one again. I started with a 3.5" screen on my first Android and now have the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 and can safely say I will never use a screen smaller than 4.7-4.8" and will always carry a larger phone as well like the Note 2 , Note 3 or possibly the new HTC One Max for surfing the web watching videos and playing games. While my smaller phone GS3 or possibly my next small phone the LG G2 5.2" screen for music streaming and phone calls. One thing everyone fails to mention is the reason Apple does not make there screens bigger and the reason they only added one row to the I-Phone 5 and did not make it wider is that IOS does not scale like Android to any size screen. This is why there are specific I-pad apps and why those apps icons and such are so small on the I-pad mini. IOS developers would have to modify there apps to work on a larger screen properly. This is not something Apple wants to do very often but I assume will change with the I-Phone 6 again and they will make a bigger screen again at least 4.3" and maybe 4.5" Either way you will not catch me with one of them.

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