The New iPhones Will Support All Four Of The U.K.’s 4G Carriers, Despite What Apple Says


When Apple updated its website on Tuesday and added the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to its online store, we were surprised to see that it was only advertising support for two of the U.K.’s four 4G carriers — EE and Vodafone. But don’t worry, both Three and O2 have confirmed that the devices will support their new LTE networks, too.

As you can see from the graphic below, Apple’s website states that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will only be compatible with EE’s and Vodafone’s LTE networks in the U.K. Fortunately for us Brits, that’s not the case.

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Both devices support LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 20. Three of those bands — 3, 7, and 20 — cover the 800MHz, 1800MHz, and 2600MHz frequencies used by the U.K.’s four 4G carriers. While Apple doesn’t advertise it, then, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be compatible with Three’s and O2’s 4G networks as well.

What’s more, both carriers have confirmed that they will be offering 4G on these devices since their grand unveiling on Tuesday morning.

It’s unclear why Apple’s website only mentions support for EE and Vodafone — possibly because the U.K.’s 4G networks are still so new, and Three’s hasn’t even launched yet. But I’d imagine that the Cupertino company will be updating the page as soon as the error becomes apparent.

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