Vodafone 4G now launching at the ‘end of the summer’

Vodafone 4G now launching at the ‘end of the summer’If you’re a Vodafone customer eagerly anticipating the rollout of Big Red’s 4G service, brace yourself for some disappointing news.

Vodafone 4G was originally expected to launch any week now, perhaps in June, but the network now says it’ll be “the end of the summer”. Er, whatever that means; ambiguous much?

Getting technical, the clocks don’t go back till the last weekend in October, so we could be looking at a five-month wait for Vodafone 4G.

With Three saying it’ll be “towards the end of the year” for its 4G service (despite the “opportunity to move quite quickly”), and O2 saying only “this summer”, EE will be laughing all the way to the bank.

The Orange/T-Mobile tag-team was given an Ofcom approved head start on UK 4G last October, and the service now extends to 50% of the UK population and 50 towns and cities.

However, Vodafone is confident its 4G service will punch EE in the face when it does finally arrive.

“We are convinced our own 4G will be better performing," yells Vodafone's chief exec, Vittorio Colao. "We want to be able to launch it when it's really ready. End of the summer means when there is going to be a good commercial window for launching it."

It’s pointed out that the frequencies Vodafone has acquired aren’t compatible with the iPhone 5. As such, we might see Vodafone 4G launch alongside the iPhone 5S. Maybe.

via: The Guardian

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AhmadCentral  May. 22, 2013 at 15:48

Makes sense. Voda and O2 are far behind on their 4G launch. They don't even have the equipment in place at the masts yet.

JanSt / MOD  May. 22, 2013 at 15:52

Same here in Ireland. Yet, as far back as the iPhone 5 launch, Vf Ireland advertised themselves as "Ireland's Fastest Network" and "The only Network Fast Enough for the New iPhone"...

judgey  May. 22, 2013 at 15:59

They still trying to work out how much they should ripp use for!

matt101101 / MOD  May. 22, 2013 at 17:29

I'm still unconvinced we need 4G (or need it to the point of paying a premium for it, anyway).

How much HD video do the networks feel people wish to consume whilst they're on the move (bearing in mind data limits are a thing)?

JanSt / MOD  May. 22, 2013 at 19:13

Yes, agree, Matt. If they invested half the money to maintain and widen current 3G networks everything would be peachy.


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