iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will connect to O2 4G LTE in 'a few weeks'

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?

Source: O2

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iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s will connect to O2 4G LTE in 'a few weeks'


Vodafone are not offering a similar message because they're already showing on the Apple LTE page as supporting iPhone LTE bands on the new 5S and 5C.

For some reason O2 UK are adamant that the 5c will work on their 4G Lte network. but apple's site clearly states it wont, as it doesn't support 800mhz. Which is the only Band O2 bothered to buy.

O2 and Vodafone entered an infrastructure partnership though. Maybe that's how they're going to be able to offer it on 2600?

Edit: iPhone 5c supports LTE band 20. And that's apparently what 800MHz is in

they are now sharing infrastructure/sites. but they will only supply LTE over the Bands that they have purchased. so where vodafone has 800, 2600, O2 wont have access to this. only their own 2 x 10mhz on the 800 Band. [hope that helped] Yes the '5s' supports 800mhz.

Check the listing again, as per my edited comment. iPhone 5c supports LTE band 20. 800MHz is band 20.

So says the Internet ;-)

LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)