Folks in the UK who recently purchased an iPhone 5 will be happy to hear that in less then a month, they’ll finally be able to use the handset to its full potential. It’s official: the country’s first LTE network will go live on October 30.

The network belongs to EE (Everything Everywhere), which is a joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile. And the new 4G service will be available to existing customers on either of the two carriers, and obviously, new ones…

Macworld UK reports (via TUAW):

“EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) has announced that it will launch its new 4G service on 30 October. In a statement the company said: “We are delighted to announce that the official launch of our new customer brand, EE, offering the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service, will take place on the 30 October 2012.”

EE confirmed that it will launch 4G in ten cities on the 30 October. It will be available in 16 cities by the end of the year – which EE claims is equivalent to “a third of the UK population.”

Although subscribers on Orange and T-Mobile networks will start to see the EE symbol on their phones shortly, this doesn’t mean customers are getting the new 4G service. They will have to switch over to EE to be eligible for LTE.

For what it’s worth, LTE appears to be living up to the hype here in the US. iPhone 5 reviewers have raved about the 4G tech, and I myself was able to pull download speeds in excess of 30 Mbps during a recent trip to Portland.

What’s your take on LTE in the iPhone 5? Are you excited about its arrival in the UK?

  • I live in a place in Aberdeen and won’t get it till 2014 🙁

    • I live in Mexico, we wont get it ’till 3500 ish..

      • Dlevi309

        i live on mars. tomorrow 😉

      • ic0dex

        Haha this is funny. Maybe the Cartel should invest in LTE networks then drugs, you should pass this information to them. Just don’t get killed.

  • I live just outside of Birmingham, will it still be fine for me?

    • twited21

      I live just outside brum as well the lte stuff is going to be awesome

      • You Lucy people ..I won’t get it tell at least next year just in time for the 5s.. I’ll live at the Other end of the 69

      • Haha hell yeah! It’s gonna annoy me though that my LTE is faster than my Wi-Fi, my phone bill’s gonna be through the roof haha

  • All the city’s it’s coming to and 3 of those are around mine WTF .. Still no iPhone 5 so really I don’t care.. I just best be coverd when the 5s is out.. You know the phone the will be worth getting because it not a 4s in a new skin..

  • Jordan Dixon

    You wrote: “be happy to hear that in less then a month”. It should be than, not then. That annoys me lol