EE 4G: UK launch date for turbo speed network revealed!
The first 4G network, from EE (Everything Everywhere), will launch on 30 October, the company announced today, after teasing us with speed tests of its new network, and putting the first 4G phones on sale. But where? We’ve got the answers.
On 30 October, EE 4G will go live in ten cities across the UK: London (out to the M25, we’ve been told), Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. Newcastle, Southampton, Hull, Nottingham, Derby and Belfast will all follow by the end of the year, and EE says it hopes to reach 98 percent of the population by 2014.
You can already buy 4G-ready phones from T-Mobile and Orange – both owned by EE – but you’ll have to change your tariff and port your number over to a new SIM when the time comes.
As we saw this morning, EE 4G offers rocket speeds of up to 44Mbps, which is scores of times faster than we’re often used to seeing on 3G today. It won’t be alone for long though: O2 and Vodafone are both itching to go and planning 4G networks for launch next year.
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