4G internet launches 30 October on EE
03 Oct 2012
The UK's first superfast network officially in use with Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III and new 4G superphones
UPDATE: 4G Samsung Galaxy Note II and other 4G-friendly smarphones available today from Orange and T-Mobile
EE has announced that its superfast 4G mobile internet will officially be in use as of 30 October, when the UK's first 4G operator will launch its service in ten cities, including London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol.
By the end of the year, 4G will be available in 16 cities, covering a third of the UK's population.
The CEO of EE, Olaf Swantee, said: 'This is a significant milestone for the United Kingdom, and for the people and businesses of our country who will now be able to enjoy the huge advantages of superfast 4G technology for the first time.'
If you're after some of that speedy surfing for yourself, you'll be able to pick up 4G-enabled versions of the Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 now.
An EE spokesperson confirmed that tariff plans will be announced 'in the coming weeks'. Orange and T-Mobile customers wanting to switch to a 4G plan will need to get a new EE SIM and contract, but can do so without paying out any remainder of their existing contract.
EE switched on its 4G network on 11 September, when it was confirmed it would also be divesting a part of its spectrum to Three, as part of an anti-competitive ruling by Ofcom. O2 and Vodafone will have to wait till a January auction for more 4G spectrum, though the two networks recently secured with Ofcom a faster schedule for their 4G switch-on.