Mobile carrier says iPhone 5G in 2020 (or maybe they just expect it like the rest of us)
The beauty of Apple speculation is that while everyone knows everything no one really knows anything, and the inconvenient truth is that even when we think we know everything the way Apple then does things always tells us that while we know a little we still know nothing much at all.
It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it
Yes, we all know Apple’s burned a billion dollars purchasing modem tech from Intel, that it doesn’t really get along with Qualcomm but both parties found a way to make cash from acrimony with a business relationship-cum peace deal… And we know 5G doesn’t matter until the reasons to use it exist and the networks are there…
Which really doesn’t happen until late 2020, and even then only in some places.
This is why it is so interesting to look at a recent mobile operator’s press release which pretty much told us to expect a 5G device from Apple in 2020.
O2 tells us:
“Customers who purchase [iPhone 11 devices] on a 90GB, 120GB or Unlimited tariff can claim a £100 off the device cost when they upgrade to the New Apple Smartphone devicein 2020”, as spotted by Trusted Reviews.
This doesn’t mean too much, I suppose. Whoever wrote the press release could simply be reading the same speculation we are all reading and commenting on, they bought into the hype hope for the best and then somehow get that speculation to pass the multi headed hydra that is press release approval at any corporation.
You got that?
But O2’s release seems very specific, citing a bunch of T&C’s (see below) in a release which otherwise addresses the mobile operator’s big plans for 5G deployment…
Here are the T&C’s:
iPhone Offer: Get an extra £100 when you upgrade to a new Apple smartphone launched in 2020 by 30th December 2020, by recycling your iPhone 11/Pro/Pro Max directly via O2 Recycle. Extra £100 lost when you trade down a tariff, leave or upgrade during your minimum period. O2 Recycle: Your device must pass our checklist. The value of your trade in will depend on the model and condition. We can transfer the money or you can use the money towards the purchase of your new device. Terms apply see o2recycle.co.uk.
But the facts here seem to be: In 2020 Apple will kick-start 5G.
Meanwhile, we get the rehearsal. Those 5G devices that do exist will be picked up by destined for disappointment early adopters, industry types, and developers attempting to road test services they intend making available to iPhone users via the App Store.