4G at usual contract prices from the Three network

We mentioned last week that increased competition could lead to the price of 4G dropping. Just days later, the Three network has made a statement backing up those claims.

Three has announced that it will have a 4G network up and running later this year, but unlike EE, it isn't asking a premium price from potential customers. This, despite using spectrum bought from EE in 2012.

The higher speeds will come at the same price as the current speed being offered by the network. Those speeds are already theoretically higher than a standard 3G connection via the company's Ultrafast network. But when 4G is available, it will push things up a notch in compatible areas.

'As we add the next wave of technology to our Ultrafast network, we’ve listened to our customers and thought long and hard about the right way to do it,' commented Dave Dyson, chief executive of Three.

'We don’t want to limit Ultrafast services to a select few based on a premium price and we’ve decided our customers will get this service as standard.'

Obviously you'll need to pay out for a contract and the right hardware, which is inevitably at the higher end of the price spectrum. The likes of the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 (pictured above) are available now, with the Sony Xperia Z, the BlackBerry Z10 and the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE and Galaxy Note 2 LTE following shortly.

Even allowing for that, it's still looking like a deal worth investigating if you fancy 4G.

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