EE’s double speed 4G going live in 12 cities tomorrow, Olaf claims ‘world’s fastest network’

EE’s double speed 4G going live in 12 cities tomorrow, Olaf claims ‘world’s fastest network’We heard at the beginning of April that EE was soon set to double 4G speed in 10 lucky cities throughout the UK, and the network is making good on its promise tomorrow, July 4.

Indeed, the Orange and T-Mobile-flavoured tag-team is throwing two extra cities into the mix, so that’s 12 cities in total benefiting from EE’s double speed 4G disco dance.

We’re promised twice the average speed, so that’s 24-30Mbps, and the lucky EE double speed 4G cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

With that 24-30Mbps average, and a theoretical maximum speed of 150Mbps, EE says its 4G network is “unequalled” in Europe, faster than the US and Japan, and on par with South Korea.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of EE, yells: “Last year we launched the first superfast 4G and Fibre broadband network in the UK. Now we’re staying one step ahead with the launch of double speed 4G and a range of new innovative plans and services – designed to transform the way our customers connect and share content.

“Our new double speed 4G technology means that we have the biggest, fastest and best network in the UK, and now the equal fastest in the world. With our superfast network, we have a unique opportunity to introduce a new era of customer-friendly pricing models based on speed, and we’ll be revealing further details of this later this year.”

On July 17, two weeks today, EE will launch a summer promotion, offering double, triple or even quadruple data allowance on certain tariffs for customers signing up before September 30.

In addition, EE is launching the UK’s first shared 4G and PAYG 4G mobile broadband plans, the former welcoming up to five devices.

There’s also Cash on Tap, a mobile payment system in parternship with MasterCard, and finally (phew) the Bright Box 2 wireless router for fibre broadband customers.

You can read more in this outrageously long press release.

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7 comments

AhmadCentral  Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:36

Sounds interesting. The promotion for new customers would give 4 times the amount of data on the £51pm plan. From 5GB to 20GB.

Here is a list of price plan changes applicable between Jul 17th and Sep 30th
(in brackets is the amount of data you get compared to before)
£26pm- 500mb
£31pm- 1GB (x2)
£36pm- 1.5GB(x2)
£41pm- 2GB (x2)
£46pm- 10GB (x3)
£51pm- 20GB (x4)

Shared 4G Plans work like this-
Take out a contract above^
Then add a sim only line for £12pm (12m) or £17pm (1m) and get the shared unlimited texts/calls and data allowance.

Alternatively you can get a 4G phone for £22pm (24m) and access to the shared allowances.

Still expensive.... but the shared option is nice.

jccrawfo  Jul. 3, 2013 at 17:32

What about those of us (admittedly probably very few) early adopters who are on the 20gb plan at the moment for £76? Can we sign up for the new £51 plan or are we penalised for helping EE pad their early 4G subscriber numbers?

AhmadCentral  Jul. 3, 2013 at 17:34

What about those of us (admittedly probably very few) early adopters who are on the 20gb plan at the moment for £76? Can we sign up for the new £51 plan or are we penalised for helping EE pad their early 4G subscriber numbers?

EE have released an official statement about why they're not allowing existing customers to get the same deal:

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lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 3, 2013 at 17:50

What about those of us (admittedly probably very few) early adopters who are on the 20gb plan at the moment for £76? Can we sign up for the new £51 plan or are we penalised for helping EE pad their early 4G subscriber numbers?

EE have released an official statement about why they're not allowing existing customers to get the same deal:


Good lord, Ahmad ;)

From the press release:

"Existing customers can take advantage of the bigger data allowances offered during the promotion by upgrading their plan to the next price point."

EDIT: Ah, you mean 'cause you're already on the top tariff?

AhmadCentral  Jul. 3, 2013 at 18:11

Yeh but you still have to end up paying more by upgrading.

And yeh. The guy above is on the top tariff.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 3, 2013 at 22:22

Honestly, you'd have to be a total mug to sign up with EE for any of their plans. What's the point in 4G speeds if you've still got a data cap!? That and EE's 4G prices are astronomically expensive. There's also the fact that 4G still pales in comparison to broadband; even this new double speed LTE is still three to four times slower than my home broadband connection (which also doesn't limit me to a pathetic 20GB per month).

tetme  Jul. 4, 2013 at 07:53

good idea to sign up because they will hike the price in the middle of contract and add the additional charges whenever they can without giving you notice ( sim replacement, early contract termination, calling to some other land line numbers ). /sarcasm

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