Hands on with the iPhone 5 on the new EE 4G LTE network in the UK

I was lucky enough to get invited to a little get-together this week to test out EE's -- formerly Everything Everywhere, the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile -- LTE 4G speeds on a selection of devices, including the iPhone 5.

As you will see from the video the data speeds are pretty impressive, both upload and download, and a real step in the right direction for the UK smartphone market. Out of all the media that attended the event today I am told I managed to get the highest download speed which was just over 42mbps. Most UK households don't even have home broadband that fast!

EE announced their LTE 4G network just a couple of weeks ago but we still do not have a date when it will actually go live (although they have said it wil be within weeks). When that happens, EE will be well positioned in terms of the competitive landscape. They'll be the first UK carrier able to offer an LTE iPhone 5, but also the only one.

If I was going to take out a new contract and wanted the best data speeds in Great Britain, it is pretty obvious that EE would get my business.

EE's LTE 4G network is currently being tested in in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. By Christmas, EE says some 20 million subscribers in 16 UK cities will be covered by its network and by the end of 2014 EE aim to provide 4G services to 98% of the UK.

Would you consider changing networks for a a faster data connection? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Hands on with the iPhone 5 on the new EE 4G LTE network in the UK


Waiting to see pricing, currently on a £10 a month Orange plan (Raccoon 15 on a special offer) including 500Mb data and ten times the minutes I use

I don't need much mobile data, as I work from home most of the time, but would like it to be fast if the premium isn't too high.

Can't wait. I'm holding off on ordering the iPhone 5 until they have LTE up and running here.