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EE 4G in the UK starts today



EE has today flipped the switch on its LTE service, meaning the UK is now officially a 4G country.

The 4G service is rolling out over 11 UK cities - Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton - and EE has claimed that its 4G coverage will expand by 2000 square miles every month from now on.

This means that 4G coverage will be hitting five more UK cities by Christmas, and that 98 per cent of the UK population will be covered by the end of 2014.

Naturally, in order to take advantage of this network you'll need a 4G-capable phone. In order to get these into customers' hands, EE has swiftly opened 700 shops in preparation for its early 4G launch. These have assimilated a number of T-Mobile and Orange shops (EE is a joint venture between the two operators) and will sell the initial roster of 4G phones EE has opted to stock.


These 4G handsets include the iPhone 5 (of course), the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One XL, the Huawei Ascend P1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. EE also has exclusive rights to the new Nokia Lumia 920, and will also be stocking its smaller brother, the Nokia Lumia 820.

In addition to all of these, EE will also be stocking the 4G-capable iPad mini and iPad 4.

As for the new fibre broadband service, EE is making it available to 11 million households from today. It will offer speeds of around ten times that of regular broadband, with maximum speeds of around 76Mbps.

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October 30, 2012, 3:12 pm


Leave it 2 years.


October 30, 2012, 3:48 pm

Just had a quick look, as I am an existing t-mobile customer. Discovered I can not upgrade yet but can do so one full month before my current plan expires (big deal). So looked at cheapest 12 month plan for Nokia 920, £ 129.99 for the phone plus £46/month for 500MB. But when I look at whats included in the plan I cant find any reference to minutes or texts except this "SUPER SIMPLE PLANS: Unlimited calls and texts. Just pick your data. Plus get unlimited roaming minutes and texts for an extra £5 a month."

So that's £51 a month or are any minutes and texts included without the extra £5/month? Whole thing seems a bit much. Is it worth going to 4G on a low data plan? seems to defeat the whole point.


October 31, 2012, 3:24 am

Well, my vote would be to get an HSPA+ capable phone (like the new Nexus 4, I believe - £279 outright for the 16GB version, bargain), then sign up to a 30 day contract on Three with unlimited data for £12.90 a month. Since apparently the HSPA+ can get transfer rates not far off LTE in some places.

Unlimited data for £13 a month? Who on EARTH wants to pay EE £36 a month for 500MB? (what, 2 minutes of data at full 4G speeds?)

Currently an O2 customer but that Three deal looks mighty tempting, especially with no 12 or 24 month tie-in....certainly makes EE's pricing look laughable. better to have a hundred customers paying a smaller amounts than a few customers paying high fees....but clearly EE don't think so....

Martin Daler

November 1, 2012, 11:04 pm

what is the point in having 4G speeds if cost precludes anything above 500MB allowance? So you get to read your emails a few milliseconds sooner, and maybe a web page downloads in three blinks less of the eye. So what?

But to use the extra speed where it does make a difference, well, you can't - 'your time is up' after less than 3 minutes.

So, other than futile bragging rights, is there any point at all to this service? Unless the download allowances increase pro-rata the speen increase, it is pointless.


November 6, 2012, 2:50 pm

Pay more for less data with limited 4G coverage?

Er no thanks - I'll stick to 3G + ubiquitous WiFi (hell I may even pay out for one of the subscriptions - still cheaper with a SIM only 3G plan than EE's offerings).

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