Surely with 4G operators are going have to significantly 'up' their bandwidth allowances as people do more with their phones... but that probably means more cost to us.
Only EE (formerly called Everything Everywhere) will be able to offer islands of 4G connectivity to the 4G-capable iPhone 5 when it arrives in the UK. The Apple smartphone will be available from every network operator, but two - O2 and Vodafone - will never be able to give the phone the fastest possible mobile broadband. …
Thursday 13th September 2012 16:52 GMT Anonymous Coward
Not getting one
I change my phone, on average, every two years. My last was a Nexus One and my current is an iPhone 4S. I gave up on my Nexus when Google ended OS upgrades to the device and it began to randomly freeze while carried in my pocket. I ended up using a feature phone for a while before getting an iPhone. The iDevice recently became something of a family need so my choice was somewhat limited. 'nuff said. FWIW, my data usage is low as well, with only 19MB used over the last week on my phone. I must admit that there are times when I wonder why I have a smartphone.
The only device I will definitely upgrade will be my two year old 4th gen iPod Touch. It has a tendency to slow down significantly when the audio is running. I'm hoping that the new revision, with the faster A5 CPU, will fix that problem. I may also get an Android eReader as well, a Kobo Arc with ICS. The Kindle Fire & Nooks are not available here.
Thursday 13th September 2012 17:10 GMT Camilla Smythe
Mr Peanut Man Says Yes!
'Can I speak to other person?'
'Not here at the moment. Can I take a message?'
'When will other person be back?'
'Don't know. Can I take a message?'
'Perhaps other person will be back soon. What time would that be?'
'Don't know. Can I take a message and get them to call you back?'
'Do they have their Mobile on them?
'Don't know. Try ringing it....'
'Do you have their Mobile Number?'
'Just a moment.'
'Arghh Arghh I am bathed in strange radiation. It is burning me! My body is dissolving!'
'Welcome to Geolocation, your Phone's GPS and Orbital Laser Weapons.'
'You could have told me to Fuck Off. Please turn it off. My Penis is disappearing.'
'Sorry about that. I'm too polite. Computer says, click, ETH08 unplugged. Laser Satellite Connection Down.'
'My eyes! My Eyes!'
'Can I take a message?'
Friday 14th September 2012 15:05 GMT James Body 1
1800 MHz Spectrum for 2G and 4G use
"The version of the iPhone 5 on UK shelves will support LTE at 1800MHz, ideal for EE which owns the whole band and for Three which is in the process of acquiring a chunk"
EE do not quite own the whole 1800 MHz band......
The actual allocation of spectrum in the DCS 1800 band is currently as follows:
- 5.8 MHz (x 2) - Vodafone
- 5.8 MHz (x2) - Telefonica O2
- 30 MHz (x2) - T-Mobile (now EE)
- 30 MHz (x2) - Orange (now EE)
- 3.3 MHz (x2) - Ex DECT Guard band spectrum licenced to 10 assorted operators for low power GSM use.
So - EE currently hold some 60 MHz of paired spectrum, of which they have agreed to sell 15 MHz to 3UK.
The remaining 45 MHz will have to support both the existing 2G traffic load of Orange and T-Mobile (together with other MVNO and assorted roaming traffic - including 3UK and Virgin Mobile) - plus the new LTE traffic component. I think that this lump of spectrum is going to be extremely busy in the near future - particularly in town!