It was almost one year ago that EE launched its 4G mobile service, the first of its kind in the UK, and more recently Vodafone and O2 have entered the fray.
That just leaves little old Three, and while it’ll roll out 4G to a modest four cities in December this year, we can expect that figure to hit 50 by the end of next year.
In December, Three 4G will hit London, Manchester, Reading and Birmingham. The Birmingham rollout will encompass Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, while Manchester includes Oldham, so technically that’s eight.
The other 42 towns and cities on Three’s 4G list are (deep breath) Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Still with me? It continues: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Stockport, Swindon, Watford and York.
By the end of 2015, we can expect Three 4G to extend to 98% of the UK population.
Three has already said that it’s in absolutely no rush to roll out 4G. Indeed, it claims that its DC-HSDPA service is almost as fast as 4G anyway.
Better still, Three has said it won’t charge extra for 4G, so all you need is a 4G-compatible phone and you’re good to go.