A couple of days ago, EE announced a roll out of network compatibility for “Cat 9 devices” including the Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Note 7 and the HTC 10.
What is Cat 9? Cat 9 is short for Category 9, and it basically refers to a device’s ability to use a newer kind of network.
Why does this matter? While older Cat 6 devices were capable of hitting 300Mbps speeds, Cat 9 is supposedly capable of hitting a whopping 400Mbps — meaning much faster Instagram feeds, YouTube video and general web browsing. (We’re unlikely to see these kinds of top speeds in real world use, but you can expect significant speed improvements nevertheless.)
Now that the iPhone 7 has been announced, EE states that customers will be able to take advantage of their Cat 9 functionality with the EE 4G+ network. They’ve already started rolling it out and aim to reach over 500 sites by December 2017.
If you do opt for EE, they also include Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling, as well as free access to the BT Sport App and Apple Music free for six months with your shiny new iPhone 7.