Vodafone pushes back 4G launch until late summer

Telecommunications giant Vodafone has announced a delay to its 4G mobile internet launch until September, where Apple is set to release a compatible iPhone 5.

Reported by guardian.co.uk, Vodafone will be delaying its 4G service a full ten months after EE brought the super-fast mobile internet technology to the UK.

It is thought the firm is delaying its launch in order to coincide with the launch of a compatible iPhone 5. At the moment, those with 4G sims from EE in their iPhone 5 can access 4G but current technology does not run on the frequencies that Vodafone, O2 and other operators in continental Europe are planning to use. Furthermore, Apple is not expected to release a compatible device until the autumn.

Vittorio Colao, Vodafone’s chief executive, commented on the delay: “We are convinced our own 4G will be better performing. We want to be able to launch it when it’s really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching.”

According to wired.co.uk, Vodafone has outline a scheme to knock 70 per cent off any remaining contract charges for customers wanting to upgrades to 4G devices when the service launches.

However, this is not a patch on rival provider Three, which has promised to give upgrades for free.