on 16-09-2012 19:03
on 16-09-2012 19:35
Sheepdog is spot on with this.
If you upgrade to an iPhone 5 between launch day and the 31st of March 2013 you are able to take advantage of the 4G phone promise.
It means that O2 will allow you to buy out of your contract to upgrade to a 4G phone on O2 if hopefully O2 get 4G which should be by the end of next year.
The buyout fee will be the line rental for the remaining months left on your contract, minus 10% from O2, and then minus the VAT.
on 16-09-2012 19:42
Glad to see that O2 are abiding by the abolition of the VAT for services not rendered.
on 17-09-2012 21:08
Maybe I'm being thick here too, but I don't get it either.
O2 are saying that if you buy an iPhone 5 between this coming Friday and the 1st of March 2013, you can pay the remainder of your contract minus 10% just so that you can upgrade to a 4G phone, which you already have. ...and the point is?
The way I see it, as 4G becomes available your phone (if LTE enabled) will just start using it. It shouldn't require a different contract, it is just the new standard of the phone network. The change over for people with LTE phones should be seemless.
on 18-09-2012 00:07
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on 18-09-2012 13:42
As things currently stand the iPhone 5 won't be able to use O2's 4G services. This is because it only works on 3 frequencies (800Mhz, 1800Mhz, 2100Mhz). Think remote control cars back in the day that would only operate on certain frequencies).
O2 are currently waiting for an auction of 4G Spectrum (frequencies) next year. The two to be released are 850Mhz and 2600Mhz. So if O2/Vodafone/Three buy up any of this spectrum, then they will be able to bring out 4G services but the iPhone 5 won't work on it.
However that is just as things stand at the moment. No-one knows if an iPhone 5 software/firmware update will make it be able to work on other frequencies. We also don't know what O2 plan to do. At the moment they own a sizeable 2100Mhz chunk, which the iPhone 5 does work on. But they're currently using it for 3G services. One possible answer is to switch 3G over to one of the frequencies they buy and then launch 4G on the 2100Mhz frequency.
One other possibility is a release of an iPhone 5S next year which will work on different frequencies. In this event, O2 will let you upgrade to it at a discount (10% and no VAT payment) in terms of buying out your existing contract.
on 18-09-2012 21:29
If O2 don't plan on using 1800Mhz or 2100Mhz for 4G, they really should make it much clearer to potential buyers that the phone will never work on 4G on the O2 network. It's not pointed out at all, which is mis-selling.