EE: iPhone 5 4G customers will have to sign up with Orange or T-Mobile first
Would-be iPhone 5 EE 4G customers who want the iPhone 5 on day one will have to buy the new iPhone through Orange or T-Mobile first, EE, the parent company of all three brands, has told Pocket-lint.
Because the EE brand,offering the UK's first 4G network won't be live at the time of the iPhone 5 release, customers looking to buy the new iPhone 5 will have to first buy the phone with an Orange or T-Mobile contract before transferring it across to the new EE 4G network a in the coming weeks, EE says.
"We will be making it very easy for customers to transfer across," a spokesperson reassured us when we expressed our concern over the confusion such a move will make for consumers.
Asked what deals would be available on the new network and whether you would be able to carry across your new iPhone 5 deal, EE said details would be announced closer to the launch. That suggests customers will be expected to pay a premium for the new 4G speeds, but EE could try to price it in similarly to the Orange and T-Mobile price plans to fend off competition from Vodafone and O2.
O2 has already announced it will be offering the iPhone 5 from £26 a month if customers sign up for a 24-month contract.
EE is the only network in the UK to be able to offer 4G surfing speeds.