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iPhone 5 has been tested on 4G networks in the UK

The iPhone 5 will run on a 4G network in the UK by the end of the year according to an unnamed source mentioned by UK newspaper, the Guardian.

The source claims that major telecoms network equipment vendors that include the likes of Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson have already tested Apple iPhone handsets that work on the 1800MHz 4G spectrum that will be used in the UK.

The Guardian also reports, from a second source, that Apple has registered soon-to-be-released devices that use the 1800MHz band with a private database operated by the GSMA, the body in charge of the mobile industry.

Arguably that network will be EE, which launched yesterday, and has already announced that four cities and 20 million people across the UK will theoretically be able to get 4G connectivity.

The article from the Guardian mentions multiple devices. It is certain that the new iPad is on that list submitted to GSMA and possibly another phone (a cheaper LTE-capable iPhone?) and/or another tablet (an LTE version of the iPad Mini?)

Either way, EE has been handed a virtual monopoly not seen since the days of the first iPhone when back in 2007 O2 was given a two year exclusivity on Apple’s then brand new smartphone, a move that helped it secure the top dog spot in the UK and was the trigger of the merger between T-Mobile and Orange.

Source: The Guardian

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Other than the iPhone 5, we expect to see a cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.

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