EE brings 4G to 11 new areas

Despite the rumours of this summer being the date for the big 4G face-off, we've yet to see anyone but the established presence of EE doing anything with it.

The lack of any offerings so far from the likes of O2 and Vodafone obviously offers encouragement to EE, which is slowly covering large parts of the UK, throwing in various deals and offers for 4G connectivity as it goes. In fact, it has just announced that a further 11 towns are online.

That's good news if you happen to live or work in Aldershot, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Hitchin, Horsham, Leatherhead, Letchworth, Stevenage, Warrington and Weston-super-Mare, all of which have gone live. That takes EE's coverage within the UK up to 55 per cent.

In a statement, it said: 'Today’s launch sees us continue to extend the reach of superfast 4G mobile to more consumers and businesses across the UK, from Warrington to Weston-super-Mare. With double-speed 4G launching this summer, as well as Shared 4GEE plans and Pay-As-You-Go 4G Mobile Broadband, we continue to innovate and enable the best possible digital experience for our customers.'

55 per cent is a decent area to cover, but 45 per cent is still without and if you travel about a lot, that might be the deciding factor on whether to go with EE's 4G or not (if you are happy with its pricing, obviously).

Some of the other networks, especially Vodafone, have been talking up more coverage from launch. 98 per cent by the end of 2013 was mentioned by that particular company last year. But Vodafone's offering has yet to be seen and priced, with the launch date now pushed back to late summer.

Saying that, if Vodafone keeps to those promises about coverage and comes in with a good price, it could well be top dog as we enter 2014.

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