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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

(opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) and proved to be a fairly major improvement (opens in new tab).

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

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.