Question for UK EE members only

davehutch

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Mar 5, 2009
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Are you using an iPhone 5?
Simple really. I called EE and asked them whether I could buy a SIM Only for my iPhone 5 and they said that the iPhone 5 cannot use 4G on their Network.
True, False, or depends on something else?
 

MyRomeo

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Jul 22, 2010
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dave, I have a uk launch date iPhone 5 on EE sim only... works perfect! AND EE just dropped their sim only prices.

The CDMA version was never a UK supplied model, ours are all GSM.
 

terryrogers

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I was under the impression that although the iPhone 5 is a 4G enabled device the UK bandwidths used by UK carriers are not amongst those that the 5 support.

The 5S has a larger array of LTE bands supported and hence is was the first compatible 4G phone usable in the UK.

(I'm on EE and have a 4G plan with an iPhone 5S)
 

merrickdrfc

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Jan 8, 2011
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The 5 could support 4G/LTE on Three, EE and that's about it if I remember correctly, won't work on Vodafone or O2
 

bransoj

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I was under the impression that although the iPhone 5 is a 4G enabled device the UK bandwidths used by UK carriers are not amongst those that the 5 support.

The 5S has a larger array of LTE bands supported and hence is was the first compatible 4G phone usable in the UK.

(I'm on EE and have a 4G plan with an iPhone 5S)
I'm using my launch day iPhone 5 with 3 and pick up 4g\LTE when in places where its available...in fact i had it for a while whilst in Derby last weekend and previously in Sheffield. My wife picked up a 5S when she upgraded and did offer to let me have it and she would use my 5 but she's with O2 which meant she wouldnt be able to use the 4G part of her contract as the 5 doesnt pick up O2s 4G signal.
 

The Phazer

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Oct 31, 2007
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London, UK
I was under the impression that although the iPhone 5 is a 4G enabled device the UK bandwidths used by UK carriers are not amongst those that the 5 support.

The 5S has a larger array of LTE bands supported and hence is was the first compatible 4G phone usable in the UK.

(I'm on EE and have a 4G plan with an iPhone 5S)
The iPhone 5 supports the frequencies used by EE, just not those used by O2 (the 800mhz spectrum in particular).
 

sammy-boy

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Nov 2, 2013
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Staffordshire, UK
My iPhone 5 works fine on EE's 4G network (using a pay as you go sim), mine was bought secondhand from a CEX store at the beginning of this year.

As already stated won't work on O2's 4G, not much of it round me but certainly not a peep 4G wise on my O2 contract sim as expected!