By now, there's going to be a lot of folks who have pre-ordered the new iPhone 5c. There's likely an equally large number waiting to head out on September 20 and grab the iPhone 5s. Here in the UK, that may well include a number of O2 customers hoping to take advantage of the carriers new 4G LTE network. But, according to the device listing pages on the carriers website, this isn't the case – at least, not immediately:
You'll be able to connect to the O2 4G network on iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in a few weeks. We'll let you know when it's on. When you buy iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on our 4G tariff, you'll get £5 off your bill for the first month. Until then, you can still use all the data that comes with our 4G tariff and enjoy enhanced versions of O2 Tracks and Priority Sports on our 3G network.
It could be because Apple is known to test and certify LTE networks before allowing the iPhone to access it, and that because O2's network is so new, there hasn't been sufficient opportunity to do this before the launch of the new iPhones. Interestingly, rival carrier Vodafone doesn't seem to be offering a similar message, despite their own 4G LTE network being exactly the same age as that on O2.
It's sure to be a little sour to anyone who can get O2's new 4G LTE service where they live. Financial compensation of any kind is OK, but probably not going to cut it for those who were excited for the new service on a new iPhone. Anyone out there disappointed by this, or are you OK waiting for now?