New iPhones Won't Work on O2's 4G Network at Launch

By Gary Cutlack on at

The reason O2 wasn't listed as a 4G network partner at this week's big Apple event may be due to the network having failed Apple's stringent mobile tests, meaning there's going to be a delay between the launch of the two new phones on 4G contracts and them... actually working on 4G.

Poor old O2 explained the situation like this: "The iPhone 5C and 5S will ultimately work on O2's 4G network, but we are currently waiting for Apple to enable the carrier bundle for our network. We've been advised this will be in the coming weeks."

However, to stop everyone moaning at its social media intern on Twitter about how this has ruined their lives, the network will be offering a bit of compensation, reducing those sky-high 4G contracts by a fiver for the first month, saying: "We want to be transparent about this with customers, so we are giving £5 off, and clearly they'll still have 3G connectivity until the carrier bundle is enabled to allow 4G on our network."

Meanwhile, O2 also says the new iPhone models will be available on the O2 Refresh deals, where buyers are able to upgrade mid-contract. Say, for example, when the iPhone 6 inevitably launches in the third week of September 2014.

Doing it the O2 Refresh way means that a £120 upfront fee gets you an iPhone 5S on a £37 a month tariff, with 1GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts. [Techradar, O2]