O2 has started rolling out a carrier upgrade for Apple iPhone users that will enable those with the new iPhone 5C or iPhone 5S to access the firm’s 4G services.
At launch, the devices from Apple were not configured for the spectrum owned by O2 in the 800MHz band, but O2 promised that an upgrade would be delivered. This is now being rolled out.
All iPhone customers will receive a notification of the update, with an iPhone 4 device used by V3 also receiving a pop-up notification about the new update. However, only those with a 5C or 5S will see any change to their services by allowing access to O2's 4G network.
To activate the download, O2 customers should go to Settings, General and then About in their iPhone, then a prompt for the downlod should pop up automatically. The download can also be promoted by plugging a phone into a laptop and opening iTunes.
O2 has promised 4G customers with an iPhone 5C or 5S that they will get £5 off their bill for the first month to compensate for the slight delay. The firm will be glad to have rolled out the update so soon, with some previous reports saying it would not arrive until November.
The move puts O2 on a more even footing with 4G rivals Vodafone and EE in terms of devices, although both O2 and Vodafone are a long way behind EE in network coverage, with the firm's 11-month headstart meaning its services are now live in 117 locations.
Despite this O2 and Vodafone are already making strides, with five more main locations in the UK being switched on last week and promises from both firms of 98 percent coverage by 2015.
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