With Nokia launching brand new 4G LTE-enabled smartphones last week and Everything Everywhere confirming the imminent rollout of its 4G spectrum, reports are emerging that the two firms are discussing a deal to have the new handsets launched exclusively on EE’s upgraded network.
ITProPortal was in New York last Wednesday to see Nokia unveil its Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phone 8 models - charged with leading a revival for the flagging company. Now, the Financial Times (paywalled) is claiming that the Finnish manufacturer is locked in talks with Everything Everywhere which may see these new releases, or other devices, running on the operator’s re-farmed UK spectrum.
Adding fuel to the flames is Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who confirmed to the FT that the flagship Lumia 920 will indeed be compatible with Everything Everywhere’s 4G network. This capability, coupled with the draw of its new Microsoft software, could make the phone a big hit in the UK market.
With a host of companies due to release new devices this autumn - many of which will have 4G LTE connectivity - Everything Everywhere is likely to attract a lot of attention from the major manufacturers. It has even been speculated that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will run on EE’s network.
Matters will become a lot clearer very soon, with ITProPortal set to attend Everything Everywhere’s special event in London tomorrow morning, and Apple finally revealing its new iPhone on Wednesday evening.