The new offerings from Apple in their iDevice lineup support the most different LTE bands of any other single model of smartphone. That’s right, the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, at launch, will be offered across 270 different worldwide carriers; that’s up from 240 carriers across a hundred countries in 2012 for the iPhone 5.
Amongst all these supported carriers in the UK, there has been some confusion on whether or not the updated LTE capabilities of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S support the 4G LTE spectrum used by the O2 and Three carriers here in the UK. It’s all because on Apple’s webpage of supported carriers for the LTE bands on the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, O2 and Three aren’t there. Only EE and Vodafone are listed, which caused the customers of these carriers to take to the forums for clarification.
iPhone 5C LTE Support
However, it does seem for O2 at least, that it seems to be a mistake on Apple’s part after they confirmed LTE support on their network for the new devices.
“And One More Thing… Yes, iPhone 5S and 5C will support 4G on O2. More info coming soon,” O2?s UK support channel on Twitter has it. Surprisingly enough, O2 was not listed on Apple’s refreshed web page of LTE iPhone carriers at the time of this writing.
“We’re not sure what happened, but we can confirm that 4G is available on both the iPhone 5S and 5C! ”, another tweet by O2 representatives reads.
As for Three, their LTE network is yet to launch, and is not due to until the end of 2013, so perhaps this is why they have been left off.
The iPhone 5C will be available to pre-order in the UK on all supported carriers from tomorrow Friday 13th September, and both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be available in stores next week on Friday 20th September.