EE 4G: Meet the UK’s first super speed smartphones!
Hold on to your hats, folks: turbo 4G speeds are coming to the UK. Everything Everywhere, the merged Orange and T-Mobile, has announced its super fast mobile network is coming in the next few weeks, and is rebranding itself once again to “EE”. Yes, EE. What does it mean for customers though? Well, how about a 4G iPhone 5 for starters…
At London’s Science Museum this morning, Everything Everywhere revealed its new super fast 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) plans. The network will be flicked on in the next few weeks, giving people download speeds on the go that even outstrip home broadband speeds (and as much as seven times faster than current 3G limits), with an EE fibre optic broadband network for the home also in the pipeline.
EE says 16 cities will have 4G access by Christmas, covering 20 million people, with a goal of 98 percent population coverage by 2014. The EE brand will exist alongside T-Mobile and Orange, but if you want to tap into those turbo 4G speeds you’ll need to upgrade to a new handset that supports 4G LTE, or buy a dongle for your laptop that does – it’s contract only for now rather than Pay As You Go.
Confirmed 4G handsets for EE so far include both the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 (when they launch), a 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and the Huawei Ascend P1, as well as two Huawei dongles for laptops and PCs. Perhaps even more excitingly, Apple is expected to launch an iPhone 5 with 4G tomorrow. If it supports EE’s 1800MHz 4G, that means you could be surfing on a 4G iPhone in just a few weeks!
Oh, and those first launch sites? The lucky citizens of London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol will will be blessed with EE 4G first, with Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southampton, Hull, Nottingham and Derby going live before Christmas.
We’ll have more details for you as we get them. In the meantime, let us know what you make of the news. Will EE 4G make you switch?