By Jonathan Charles | Oct 12, 2012 09:52 AM EDT
Everything Everywhere is grabbing the headlines for being the first UK carrier to offer 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity across Orange and T-Mobile. Carriers including Vodafone and O2 are bidding on frequencies for the technology, to launch the service next year, though the latter may be getting Nokia's Lumia 920 in the near future.
A Windows Phone Central reader spoke to an O2 chat representative on Oct. 10. The representative confirmed that the Lumia 920 will launch on O2, despite the device not having a specific release date. The representative also said that the Nokia smartphone will support 4G LTE, but did not specify release dates for either the device or the technology.
O2's LTE network will be launching in early 2013 with HTC's 8X and 8S confirmed for the carrier, as well as Windows Phones. Currently, the UK is lagging behind nations that offer 4G LTE, with the service offering faster-than-Wi-Fi connections if judging by the average UK broadband speed, 9Mbps according to Ofcom data in August 2012. Presently, eight percent of the UK's population have "super-fast" broadband, at least 30Mbps.
Even though a specific release date is not available for Lumia 920, Everything Everywhere does have exclusivity on Nokia Lumia 920. Microsoft is launching Windows Phone on Oct. 29, perhaps then the company will further clarify when the phone launches, presenting a range of devices like it did with the launch of Windows Phone 7 in 2010. Nokia received criticism during the device's unveiling for not providing launch details, especially since the device drew a positive reception.
Prices for a host of regions for Nokia Lumia 920 are known, putting the device at around $800 without contract in the U.S. However, a majority of users are expected to pick up the phone on-contract and, therefore, the non-subsidized $800 price may be seen as high.
While the confirmation is not official, it would come as a surprise if an O2 customer support representative were to give out incorrect information. O2 is yet to confirm support for Nokia Lumia 920.
Windows Phone 8 launches Oct. 29.
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