Everything Everywhere 4G Brand To Launch With iPhone 5 And Lumia 920?

A new Everything Everywhere 4G brand is expected to arrive tomorrow, selling smartphones and dongles: media speculation is centring on whether the operator will be selling the Apple iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 phones, and on how extensive the 4G coverage will be.

[    Update 11 September: the new EE brand has launched – our story is here   ]

Everything Everywhere has been allowed to launch Britain’s first 4G service, and is apparently trying to secure the iPhone 5, which is expected to support British 4G networks. Meanwhile the Financial Times  believes it may be angling to become the exclusive UK launch partner for the Lumia 920.

The two new smartphones could both be amongst the four or five devices that the new brand, is expected to announce at its launch tomorrow.

Everything Everywhere 4G

Update – 11 September: The EE brand has launched. Full details here

Everything Everywhere received approval to operate a 4G network on its existing spectrum last month, ahead of the auction of bandwidth which will take place later this year. It had been suggested that the service would initially be available in a small part of the country but it is now thought it will roll out much more widely.

The service uses the 1800MHz band, but it remains unclear which bands the iPhone 5 is compatible with, if indeed any. More details are expected to be revealed on Wednesday when Apple has a press announcement, expected to be the iPhone 5.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed that the Lumia 920 does indeed support 1800MHz, as well as four other 4G bands. The Finnish manufacturer has been reportedly seeking an exclusive launch partner in an effort to replicate the excitement generated by Apple in 2007 when the iPhone launched exclusively on O2.

Any such agreement could mean that Everything Everywhere is the first UK network to release a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The Lumia 920 was announced last week and features an improved camera, wireless charging and of course, 4G networks.

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Steve McCaskill

Steve McCaskill is editor of TechWeekEurope and ChannelBiz. He joined as a reporter in 2011 and covers all areas of IT, with a particular interest in telecommunications, mobile and networking, along with sports technology.

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