EE’s 4G service now live across 11 UK cities

EE’s 4G service now live across 11 UK citiesWell, well, well. It’s been a rocky road, but we now officially have a 4G network in the UK, thanks to Orange and T-Mobile’s EE.

EE’s 4G service is initially available across 11 cities – one more than promised at the beginning of the month. Good stuff.

The lucky cities for now are Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and finally Southampton, the latter being activated sooner than expected.

Belfast, Derby, Hull, Nottingham and Newcastle will join the UK 4G party before Santa arrives, taking the total to 16 cities.

With EE’s 4G network expected to expand at a rate of 2,000 square miles per month, we’re told coverage will reach a whopping 98% before the end of 2014.

Handsets available on EE’s 4G are the iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 (soonish), Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Users will be able to watch live TV without buffering and “download high-definition movies in minutes”.

Of course, that’s assuming they can afford the lofty price plans. You won’t get many (i.e. any) high-definition movies with 500MB (£36 per month), while the 8GB offering is a wallet-punching £56 per month.

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Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:42

Don't forget that you do get one free movie download/week outside the data allowance well until the end of February anyway. And any others from EE film won't hit your data allowance either til then.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:43

Don't forget that you do get one free movie download/week outside the data allowance well until the end of February anyway. And any others from EE film won't hit your data allowance either til then.
Seems a pretty crappy gift if you're paying nigh on £60 per month for limited data :p. I get the feeling EE won't be getting many private customers who can't just write their phone usage off as an expense.

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:56

Yeah didn't say it was spectacular but was relevant to the "You won’t get many (i.e. any) high-definition movies with 500MB (£36 per month)" bit.

Still think they've missed an opportunity

Stelph  Oct. 30, 2012 at 13:01

Erm, I can already watch live TV without buffering? TVcatchup.com is da bomb

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 30, 2012 at 13:04

11... wow. Nokia's exclusive deal makes so much more sense now.

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 13:12

11... wow. Nokia's exclusive deal makes so much more sense now.

:D

AhmadCentral  Oct. 30, 2012 at 20:11

Theoretically you could use up 500mb data on 4G in less than 3 minutes.

Pondlife  Oct. 30, 2012 at 20:20

At least they made it so it can't just pile up debt

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 31, 2012 at 00:35

At least they made it so it can't just pile up debt
I'm not in a reading mood, how so?

Pondlife  Oct. 31, 2012 at 00:40

Read that it is limited to the gb amount in the contract unless you top up for more.

Pondlife  Oct. 31, 2012 at 00:50

Couldn't find where online I read it but says in there booklet.

"NO NASTY SURPRISES
Relax, with us you won't have any surprises on your bill. If you manage to burn through your data, we'll let you now when it's running low - and when it's run out. Then you have the option to buy a data-add on, and to keep surfing superfast 4GEE."

Any punctuation errors are theirs in that bit, though I did have to type it.

Though as to it's accuracy they do say earlier in the booklet
"....4GEE costs less than you would think."

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 31, 2012 at 00:52

"....4GEE costs less than you would think."
No, it really doesn't.

Pondlife  Oct. 31, 2012 at 01:15

Hoping that was written before the prices were made up....

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