iPhone 5 users could face £120 surcharge to use 4G

Customers who rushed out to buy Apple's latest offering, the iPhone 5, may face having to pay an extra £120 to use its exclusive 4G network, it was reported today.

Mobile operator EE, which owns T-Mobile and Orange, will be the first to launch the 4G network to mobile phones across Britain on 30 October.

EE will reportedly charge customers an extra £5 per month for the service, amounting to £120 over the typical two-year contract, according to the Times. This is despite claims that 4G technology will actually be cheaper to run than the existing 3G network.

The company did not comment specifically on the £5 figure, but a spokesperson for EE said, "It will be more expensive for phone users, but we really hope it will only be a fraction more expensive while also providing considerable value for money. Our new superfast 4G service is a premium product that will allow you to do significantly more, significantly faster."

EE, which has 27 million customers across Britain, insists the charges will still offer value for money and are necessary to go towards the £1.5 billion per day it spent on upgrading infrastructure in order to launch 4G.

The new 4G service offers mobile Internet speeds up to five times faster than those of the existing 3G, enabling much quicker downloads of music and even HD movies.

EE's 4G service will initially be available to 20 million people in 16 cities, and the iPhone 5 is expected to be among the first handsets to take advantage of it. Check out ITProPortal's guide to EE's upgraded network and our look at which handsets will run on the forthcoming 4G LTE service.