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GiffGaff launching 4G on 12th November

I'm surprised there's no blog on this here at Mobot, or maybe I missed it.

Some customers were on the trial (similar to how Three launched), but that trial comes to an end on 11th November when the launch goes public on 12th.

Looking at the coverage map, it looks like it will be available pretty much everywhere that O2 already has the 4G coverage.

If you were an existing customer on or before 28th October then the Goodybags are slightly cheaper than for new customers for a limited period. The discount ends after 12th January 2015 though.

Their blog here...
http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/News-Announcements/4G-for-everyone/td-p/15230734

Looks like BT have delayed the roll-out of their mobile 4G until next year. I believe they are having problems mainly behind the technologfy that ensures seamless call handling when you move between an wifi access point and 3G/4G mobile coverage.

As I understand it, their superfast-mobile offering is going to be based on a mixture of 4G Mobile and Wifi Hotspot access

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2014 at 15:31

Thanks...
I'll have Lewis fired for missing this :p
I pinned your post to the front page :)

AhmadCentral  Nov. 1, 2014 at 23:15

Thought you guys may be interested to know. As of Q3 2014 there are now over 11 million 4G subscribers in the UK.

EE= ~6m
Three= ~2.3m
O2= ~2.1m
Voda= ~1.3m

USA - 140m (Verizon - 60m)
China- 50m (China Mobile - 41m)
Japan - 50m (NTT Docomo - 24m)
South Korea- 34m (SK Telecom -16m)
Worldwide - 340m+

It's interesting how giffgaff are charging a £3 premium over their 3G tariffs. Especially when O2 and Tesco have introduced 4G tariffs at no extra cost.

The giffgaff tariffs aren't expensive by any means but it really shows how much they've changed in the past couple of years from a budget provider to more of an experience and value provider. Especially as they no longer include unlimited data (or more than 5GB) on 4G.

It'll be interesting to see what happens to giffgaff in the next couple of years and whether they'll continue growing at the rate they have.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2014 at 23:26

Ahmad, wtf? No numbers for Ireland? :p

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 2, 2014 at 02:17

Ahmad, wtf? No numbers for Ireland? :p
You have 4G :p?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2014 at 02:40

Ahmad, wtf? No numbers for Ireland? :p
You have 4G :p?

2G + 3G = 4G+

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 3, 2014 at 13:32

Ahmad, wtf? No numbers for Ireland? :p
You have 4G :p?

2G + 3G = 4G+

That's 5G, you're outdoing S.Korea haha :p!

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