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Will EE be sued by Vodafone, O2 and others over iPhone 5 monopoly?

EE has been handed a virtual monopoly by Ofcom according to an opinion piece redacted by research analyst firm Ovum.

In it, Matthew Howett, the practice leader of the company’s regulatory telecoms team, said that EE will have an initial monopoly on the sales of iPhone 5, as EE customers will be the only ones capable of taking full advantage of the handset's abilities.

Howett added that a significant number of iPhone users from rival mobile phone networks may now be out of contract and looking for a new service provider.

He also mentioned the fact that both Vodafone and O2 could mount a legal challenge against Ofcom, UK’s telecommunications regulatory body, to fight its decision to give a headstart to Everything Everywhere over the 4G spectrum.

The iPhone 5 was launched yesterday and proved to be a fairly major improvement.

Apart from the addition of LTE capabilities, it has a different chassis, a bigger screen, a higher resolution, a better system-on-chip, improved image and sound systems, iOS 6 and better battery life.

You can win an iPhone 5 in our iPhone 5 competition by answering a simple question about what generation the Phone 5 is. ITProPortal reported live on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5, we saw new iPod devices but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.