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May 22, 2013

Vodafone Delays 4G Until September, Apparently For New iPhone

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Vodafone 4G will not be available to customers until September, Apparently For New iPhone. The operator has postponed the launch of its LTE service until a compatible iPhone is available.

The iPhone 5, launched last September, is not compatible with the £790 million worth of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum that Vodafone acquired in the Ofcom 4G auction earlier this year.

The smartphone does support the 1.8GHz bandwidth used by the UK’s only current LTE operator, EE 4G, however.
It had been expected that Vodafone  4G would launch before rival services from O2 and Three, which has already confirmed that it will not roll-out LTE until later this year, confident that its DC-HSPA+ will be able to offer speeds similar to those of the early versions of 4G until then.

The delay might be a disappointment to users who have bought the non-Apple phones which Vodafone has already been promoting as  ‘4G-ready’, including the Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S4 and the BlackBerry Z10. Despite selling these smartphones, it seems Vodafone is not  confident of success without Apple’s smartphone on board.

Vodafone has defended its decision, claiming that it was waiting until the autumn to ensure that its network was ready and to give itself the best possible market window

Vodafone’s chief executive, Vittorio Colao told the Guardian:

“We are convinced our own 4G will be better performing. We want to be able to launch it when it’s really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching it.”

This is my personal view and not necessarily those of BeginnersTech

As far as customers with 4G ready phones  are concerned Vodafone seem to be saying you’ll just have to wait. This is just not good enough! The above quote from Vittorio Colao is to say the least, bullshit. To say it’s ready but, not really ready. What the hell does that mean?

Source: Guardian

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini