Some European carriers are apparently unable to offer their fast wireless service on the iPhone 5. This means Samsung should thank Apple. Several of the wireless operators are now offering discounts on Android smartphones to appease consumers.
Vodafone Group and Telefonica’s O2 already offer Samsung, LG, and HTC devices that run on their 4G networks. But those are compatible to frequencies other than the 1,800 MHz band for iPhone 5. So for consumers it comes down to Apple’s software versus the better speeds of the Samsung Galaxy’s plus the new discounts.
Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are able to offer the Apple device on their high speed networks. But in the U.K. customers will have to wait for the launch of the EE network which is set to launch its 4G service in the next few weeks on a frequency that is also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia’s Lumia line. In addition, with the iPhone 5 only rolling out gradually into countries, Samsung and Nokia will have some time to attract customers to their devices.
In addition LG Electronics has unveiled its latest high-end smartphone packed with powerful hardware upgrades in Seoul on Tuesday, as the struggling South Korean firm tries to win market share from Apple and Samsung Electronics in the crucial holiday quarter. LG’s handset business, which was slow to move into smartphones, hopes the new Optimus G will also help it compete against Google’s Motorola, Taiwan’s HTC Corp. and China’s ZTE and Huawei.
The Android smartphone will go on sale next week in South Korea for 1 million won (Rs.50,000), and later in Japan and the US. The Optimus G is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 13mpx camera and 4.7 inch screen with a sharper picture quality than Apple or Samsung can offer. It will work on superfast mobile networks and is optimized for multitasking like showing videos while sending text messages or searching the Web.