Today marked the arrival of LTE (or 4G) to english mobile shops with the launch of Britain’s first 4G Android phones: the Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE all of which are launching on Orange and T-Mobile today.
EE (Everything Everywhere) will be launching the UK‘s first 4G network in 15 cities by the end of the year and will expand to the rest of the country as time goes on. It is believed that they will throw the switch in a matter of weeks.
There is no word on pricing for their 4G plan, but state that Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to switch “as simply as possible”. Needless to say, you will need a 4G phone (like the 3 above and the new iPhone 5) and an EE plan to be able to use 4G. If you are outside the 15 cities, you will fall back onto their 3G network (which is the Orange/T-Mobile network). It’s probably worth holding off going for a 4G phone till EE release price details and, more importantly, 4G comes to your area.
If you’re on O2, they are looking to launch their 4G network sometime next year (confirmed to me by an O2 operator yesterday) and offer a service where you can buy a 4G ready phone and switch to their 4G plan when it launches, although you will most likely have to buy your way out of contract (which isn’t cheap, trust me).
To round off a ‘good news’ article, EE will add the Galaxy Note 2 LTE to their list of 4G phones when it launches later this month. Mine arrived today, and I am busy beavering away at the review as we speak.