Sony has added a new mid-range smartphone to its Xperia line at this years MWC 2014, with the Xperia M2 is said to be the slimmest 4G smartphone in its class, measuring in at 8.6mm thick.
It features a 4.8-inch qHD display, supported by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory and a 2300mAh battery.
A rear 8MP Exmor RS camera is onboard, armed with autoscene recognition and HDR. A range of camera apps are pre-installed on the device including Social live, Timeshift burst and Picture Effect for live video broadcasting and sharing.
Sony is also offering three blockbuster movies to watch on the device and a 30-day free trial of its Music Unlimited service. The device will be available in a choice of black, white and purple colours from April 2014 globally.
“Xperia M2 is an ultra fast smartphone that offers brilliant specs and performance, reaching new audiences with a mid-range price. This is a great device for the customer looking for a smartphone that has it all,” Xperia marketing director Calum MacDougall said.
O2 today announces it has teamed up with The Sun to give access to Sun+ including Sun+ Goals to every new and upgrading customer who signs up to a 5GB or 8GB O2 4G Pay Monthly consumer tariff.
Sun+, usually £8 a month, lets people watch every goal scored and highlights from the Barclays Premier League as well as the FA Cup, Scottish Premier League and Rangers matches hours before the football round-up programmes have even started. O2 customers who sign up to a 5GB, £22 per month O2 4G Refresh tariff, will receive six months inclusive access to Sun+ Goals. Those who opt for a 8GB, £27 per month O2 4G Refresh tariff will receive twelve months access.
This latest offering builds on O2’s promise to bring to life digital experiences for its customers, powered by O2’s 4G network. Now reaching over 30% of the UK population, 13 key cities and over 140 surrounding towns, O2 4G offers a more seamless mobile experience, allowing customers to enjoy brilliant entertainment on the move.
O2’s 4G offering has been designed to leverage its heartland of music, sport and gaming through exclusive content partnerships. Sun+ Goals joins a portfolio of fantastic 4G services available to O2 customers including O2 Tracks, exclusive Priority Sports content and a range of multiplayer Gameloft games that can be played over O2 4G without any data charges.
Available on a wide range of handsets, access to Sun+ Goals will be available on up to five Android or iOS devices per customer, making it even easier to watch the latest goals wherever or whenever.
Nina Bibby, O2’s Marketing and Consumer Director, commented: “O2’s 4G promise has always been to offer a range of exciting and exclusive digital content to our customers, so the true benefit of fast and seamless 4G can be experienced. We are delighted to add Sun+ Goals to that portfolio, allowing customers to watch all the goals on the move on their tablet or mobile.”
Customers who sign up to an eligible tariff from today will get access to The Sun’s digital entertainment bundle including Sun+ Goals, access to thesun.co.uk, The Sun’s mobile app and The Sun’s tablet app.
Sun Editor, David Dinsmore, said: “This is a natural fit for The Sun as we seek old friends and new audiences on a growing range of digital platforms. Our world-class original journalism is now combined with generous perks and exclusive video of the best goals – a great package for any readers and a huge benefit for O2 customers on their smart phones.”
Motorola launches the Moto X in the UK from the 1st February, it has a unique curved back, designed to fit your hand. Talk to Moto X and it learns your voice. With Google Now, it tells you what you need to know – even when you’re not touching it. With two flicks of your wrist, Moto X becomes your camera and captures the shots you used to miss. All of this coupled with its all-day battery means that Moto X is ready when you are.
“At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications,” says Andrew Morley – Vice President & General Manager, Motorola Mobility UK. “Now, as a Google company, we’ve become the kind of company that can build a 4G smartphone like Moto X. It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services.”
To use your Moto X, you only need your voice. Without touching it at all, you can get directions, set an alarm or do just about anything – just by talking. Say “OK Google Now” to get started. Ask it if you need an umbrella and it gives you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Tell it you’re going home, and your Moto X will get you there. Because it knows your voice, Moto X can do things other phones can’t.
Moto X is always ready to tell you what you need to know. Instead of an unhelpful blinking light, Active Display on Moto X quietly pulses the info you need without interrupting you. Even while it’s asleep, it’s always on top of things. A last-minute dinner invite? A missed call from your boss? A key email while an important meeting is going on? Moto X will discretely keep you up-to-date.
Get the shot.
Moto X knows when you need a camera. Just twist your wrist twice and it’s ready. Touch anywhere on the screen, and you’ll get the shot. All in just a few seconds. The camera’s 10MP high-quality sensor with Clear Pixel technology will capture the darkest scenes or stop motion blur in bright light. With Moto X, you’ll always get the shot.
Don’t have your Moto X nearby? The Motorola Connect extension for Google Chrome lets you see and respond to notifications and text messages – right from your desktop. Hate the hassle of switching phones? Motorola Migrate makes it easy to wirelessly transfer photos, texts, SIM contacts, call history and more from your old Android phone to your Moto X – you can even migrate contacts and calendar events from your iOS device. While Motorola Assist helps keep interruptions at bay when you’re doing specific tasks like driving, attending an important meeting, or sleeping. It can read and reply to texts for you or screen your calls. Just a few examples of how Moto X puts the smart in smartphone.
Built for you.
With Corning Gorilla Glass, an advanced water-repellant nano coating, and an all-day battery, Moto X is as durable as it is smart. It has a gorgeous edge-to-edge HD display which strikes the perfect balance between readability and one-handed use. And it is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, a tightly integrated system of eight processor cores that have been purpose-built for the demands of today’s mobile users in terms of device size, performance, responsiveness, battery life and overall user experience. All of this packed into an approachable and warm design with a curved back sculpted to fit comfortably and securely in your hand.
- 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720pOperating system Android 4.4, KitKat
- Bluetooth technology
- 4.0 LE + EDR
- 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
- 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE – UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps – 4G LTE
- 3G UMTS bands
- 4G LTE bands
- 800/1800/2600MHz (B20/B3/B7)
- Size (H x W x D)
- Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4mm
- Weight 130G
- Curve 5.7 -10.4mm
- Battery type
2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
- Front Camera
- 2MP 1080p HD video
- Rear Camera
10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Control focus/exposure
- Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor
- 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online. 2 years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive. Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of activation.
Availability and pricing
Moto X will be available in black from 1st February from Phones 4u, Carphone Warehouse, O2, Amazon and Techdata. Moto X will also be available in white exclusively to Phones 4u customers for the first three months. Prices vary but start from £25 per month on contract or £380 SIM free.
Today Three in the UK announced that starting this December, London, Birmingham and Manchester will see the start of our 4G roll out. That’s not a bad early Christmas present is it? Even better than that, Three will be busy rolling out in a further 50 cities by the end of 2014. And by the end of 2015? Well we aim to have covered a massive 98% of the population by then.
“Every Three customer with a 4G Ready device will get a 4G upgrade at no extra cost. It’ll be easy to switch over too, all that’s required is a simple software update. You won’t even need to go in to a store. There’ll be no new contract to sign, no new SIM and no tariff change. We really want this transition to be as easy as possible for our customers.”
Not only that, but Three famous All You Can Eat data offering will still be available on 4G
O2 today sets out its plans for its 4G network launch later this month, which will make it the fastest growing 4G network in the UK. The superfast 4G network will be switched on in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29th August, reaching up to five million people from launch. O2’s ambitious rollout plan aims to make 4G available to an additional two million people per month, culminating in O2’s 2G, 3G and 4G network reaching 98% of the UK population both indoor and outdoor.
By the end of the year, O2’s 4G network will be live in 13 cities. Further detail relating to the specific switch-on dates will be announced over the coming weeks.
London | Leeds | Bradford | Birmingham | Newcastle | Glasgow | Liverpool |Nottingham | Leicester | Coventry | Sheffield | Manchester | Edinburgh
From today, O2 is introducing a new in-store and social media campaign encouraging everyone to be ‘#O24G’ Ready, inviting people to get their 4G-ready handset and free 4G SIM now, either in an O2 store or via an O2 business account manager.
O2 plans to go beyond what has already been offered in the 4G market and bring to life the digital experience for its customers, starting with 12 months free music content for those who buy a 4G consumer tariff direct from O2. Next generation office applications and services powered by 4G will enable O2 business customers to be more collaborative, more efficient and more productive. Further details on O2’s 4G portfolio will be unveiled in the coming months.
All O2 customers will also be offered free 4G advice and guidance from an O2 Guru from launch, either in-store or via web chat, to explore the possibilities that 4G will unlock. Business customers can receive a consultation with their O2 business account manager to discuss how their organisation could benefit from 4G.
Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK (O2) said: “It’s great that I am able to announce O2 4G the day after the spectrum has been cleared for use. Digital connectivity will be made ubiquitous by 4G and become the oxygen of modern life. It is our intention to use 4G to inspire the nation through the possibilities of technology, encouraging people to live more, do more and be more with O2.
“The full potential of 4G is as yet unexplored, but what we can be sure of is that it will allow for a whole new world of opportunity that people are now ready for. Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago and even more use wifi wherever they go, to always stay connected. Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services.”
Ben Dowd, Business Director at O2 said: “I believe that 4G is not only going to transform the way businesses work, but also how services are delivered to customers. Start-ups and small businesses should also be considering the benefits 4G offers in terms of agility and being able to engage with their customers in new ways. We will be working with our business customers over the coming months to bring the possibilities of 4G to life, but urgent commitment from businesses and the public sector is also required for its true value to be realised.”
Today Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 625, an accessibly priced 4G smartphone to help people see more of what they love. Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and including the Nokia Lumia Amber update, the Nokia Lumia 625 delivers a richer and easier to use smartphone experience.
The Nokia Lumia 625 has the following key features:
- Display 4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Colour Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch
- Battery 2000 mAh
- Processor 1.2GHz, Dual Core
- Camera Main: 5MP Autofocus, LED flash ,1080p@30fps, VGA front facing camera
- Memory 512MB RAM
- 8GB with support for up to 64GB SD card
- Large 4.7-inch super-sensitive LCD screen and 4G Internet access for high-speed entertainment
- Five brightly coloured changeable shells for personalisation
- Integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera and Nokia Cinemagraph so you can take the perfect picture
- Access to more than 165,000 apps including Vimeo, Temple Run and WhatsApp plus safer surfing with Internet Explorer 10
Dee Kaul, Director of Terminals for Vodafone UK and Ireland said, “The Nokia Lumia 625 will make a great and highly affordable 4G-ready addition to Vodafone’s range of Windows Phones ahead of our 4G launch later this summer. We’ll be letting customers know very soon when exactly they’ll be able to get their hands on it.”
Building on the Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 includes five brightly coloured changeable shells, which add to the Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which turns photos into living memories with added movement.
“With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.
Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and including the Nokia Lumia Amber update, the Nokia Lumia 625 delivers a richer and easier to use smartphone experience at a competitive price. Live Tiles update direct to the home screen, and People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier.
Nicola Shenton, Head Of Devices, EE said, “4G is incredibly important for the future of mobile in the UK, and EE is at the forefront. With the new Lumia 625, Nokia is helping to bring even more affordable, quality 4G devices to the market which will ensure 4G experiences are available to a broader audience.”
Nokia Music provides free streaming of ad-free mixes without registration or subscription, plus the ability to download mixes for listening offline with the Nokia Lumia 625. Nokia has also teamed with Coloud to create BOOM headphones that combine audio prowess with excellent value, and integrated microphone and buttons for voice calls and music control.
With its big screen and super-fast connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers leading maps and location experiences from HERE, providing free maps,turn-by-turn navigation and public transport guidance.
Graham Stapleton, CEO of Carphone Warehouse UK said, “As 4G accelerates across networks in the UK, we expect the service to become available to more consumers at different price points. At Carphone Warehouse we are aiming to offer the broadest range of 4G devices. Nokia is leading the 4G device portfolio already with a number of innovative middle and high end devices. With the Nokia Lumia 625 we see them move to an even more affordable price point with a 4.7” Super sensitive ClearBlack Display, optimised for viewing media on the go. This will be the most affordable 4G smartphone in our range at launch.”
The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black with an array of changeable shells enabling easy personalisation. With an estimated retail price of £200 / €220 before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in the UK in Q3. At launch in the UK, the Nokia Lumia 625 will be available from Vodafone, O2, EE, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u.
With an estimated retail price of £200 / €2220 before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in the UK in Q3. At launch in the UK, the Nokia Lumia 625 will be available from Vodafone, O2, EE, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u.
NETGEAR has announced several new devices aimed at harnessing the Sprint 4g/LTE network: a mobile hotspot and a USB modem. Read on for details.
NETGEAR has announced several new devices aimed at harnessing the Sprint 4g/LTE network: a mobile hotspot and a USB modem. Both devices can operate on of 800MHz spectrum, 1.9GHz spectrum and 2.5GHz spectrum bands, and the hotspot is the first Sprint mobile hotspot capable of international GSM roaming. Here is the press release:
Get Ready to Experience Two of the First Tri-Band 4G LTE Devices from Sprint – NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR USB Modem – Available July 19
Tri-band devices expect to bring Sprint customers an improved 4G LTE network experience and stronger coverage indoors promised by the Sprint Network Vision build-out
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 15, 2013 – Sprint (NYSE:S) and NETGEAR® Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) today announced July 19 availability of two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint, the NETGEAR® Zing Mobile Hotspot™ and the NETGEAR® 341U USB Modem. These devices are designed to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by taking advantage of 4G LTE deployment on Sprint’s network (at 1.9GHz 800MHzand2.5GHz).
The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting at their desks, catching up with friends at a coffee shop, or relaxing on vacation.
- 800MHz spectrum being added to Sprint’s LTE network later this year excels at in-building coverage. This spectrum has been repurposed for LTE as Sprint ceased operations June 30 of the Nextel National Network.
- Sprint’s 1.9GHz spectrum acts as the primary band in its 4G LTE nationwide build-out. Average performance falls in the range of 6-8Mbps, peaking at 25Mbps, for downlink and 2-3Mbps for uplink.
- 2.5GHz spectrum , which excels at broad-based, high-speed coverage, is expected to provide Sprint customers increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities.
Customers will be able to purchase the NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot for $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 and the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem for $19.99 (excluding taxes) after $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2. Pricing for both devices requires a new line or eligible upgrade, a two-year service agreement and can be purchased through www.sprint.com, Sprint retail stores, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales.
Sprint mobile broadband data plans for the Zing Mobile Hotspot start at $34.99 per month excluding taxes and fees for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. For both the Zing Mobile Hotspot and the 341U USB device, customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data.
“The launch of devices like the NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and the plug-in 341U USB Modem that can operate on three spectrum bands is another milestone in Sprint’s rollout of Network Vision,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “These two devices are the perfect choice for customers who need mobile broadband to stay connected when working remotely or while traveling. When combined with one of the Sprint mobile broadband plans, they can save a significant amount of money compared to our competitors’ services.”
Three Network Bands, Two Devices, One Great User Experience
The NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot is the first 4G LTE mobile hotspot from Sprint with international capabilities using GSM roaming. With this versatile device, Sprint customers can extend their experience beyond their laptops to up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as tablets, laptops, cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles.
The device is also the first mobile hotspot from Sprint with a 2.4-inch LCD touchscreen display, offering the ability to drill down into the settings menu with just a tap of the finger to adjust settings like brightness, network settings and Wi-Fi options. It is simple to set up and connect with no software required and users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life with the 2,500mAh battery.
The NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot will be the first mobile hotspot that meets Sprint’s environmental specifications and marks an expansion of Sprint’s sustainability leadership beyond offering phones with eco-friendly attributes. Sprint and NETGEAR worked closely together to extend the device’s environmental attributes, boasting a high recyclability rate (75 percent), minimal use of environmentally sensitive materials, and 100 percent recyclable packaging. Sprint will continue to work with other manufacturers to achieve similar environmental attributes for hotspot products going forward.
“NETGEAR’s core value is to strive toward making the Internet fast and simple to access,” said Michael Clegg, senior vice president of Service Provider Business at NETGEAR. “This is something that is built into all of our leading-edge wireless products. We are very excited to be working with Sprint to launch these two products, which align with both Sprint’s and NETGEAR’s missions and values. Sprint’s customers can now get the best network connection available to them in any location and continue to enjoy the freedom of mobile broadband.”
For those who prefer a plug-in option, the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem will be the first tri-band 4G LTE-capable USB modem from Sprint. This small yet powerful device features a built-in LCD display to monitor connection status, signal strength and data usage with a quick glance. With no installation CD required or startup delay, the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem makes it easy to stay productive on-the-go without having to constantly hunt for public Wi-Fi. Other great features include integrated GPS for location-based services, and a unique foldaway USB swivels 180 degrees.
Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. Additionally, many customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that haven’t yet officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.
For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network. For detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often because the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.
These look like nice upgrades to Sprint’s 4G line…check them out starting July 19th!
EE has today launched a range of next-generation plans and services on the world’s fastest network, to enable even more people to enjoy superfast 4G and Fibre broadband.
From tomorrow (4th July), new and existing customers in 12 cities will be able to benefit from double speed 4G, giving them average speeds of 24-30Mbps, double current network speeds.
Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, doubling the current average speeds to 24-30Mbps.
EE is also launching innovative new services on 17th July to meet the needs of customers:
4GEE Summer Promotion
Customers who sign up to a 24 month 4GEE phone plan before 30th September 2013 will receive both double speed 4G and data allowances which are double, triple or even quadruple the size of the standard plans1 for the duration of their contract. Existing customers can take advantage of the bigger data allowances offered during the promotion by upgrading their plan to the next price point.
The promotional offer is available on a range of plans, starting from £26 per month for 500MB, up to 20GB for £51 per month, all with unlimited UK calls and texts. Separate plans for small business customers are also available.
- The UK’s first Shared 4GEE Plans that will allow customers to connect up to five devices to the one 4GEE plan – whether it’s with friends and family, or for their own tablets and laptops. Customers can add an existing 3G or 4G phone to their 4GEE phone plan from just £12 per month on SIM Only (from £22 per month for a new 4G phone), allowing them to receive unlimited minutes and texts on both phones, as well as access to the shared data. Alternatively customers can add an existing 4G tablet from £5 per month on SIM Only (£26 per month for a new 4G tablet) or an existing 3G2 or Wi-Fi enabled tablet (via a mobile Wi-Fi device) for £11 per month. An example saving for a typical family of four would be £38 a month – over £450 a year. Devices added to a Shared 4GEE Plan will also receive great EE benefits, including 2-4-1 cinema tickets with EE Film, Clone Phone Lite, inclusive content add-ons (music, games or TV) and Fast Track Service into Customer Services.
- The UK’s first range of Pay As You Go 4GEE Mobile Broadband Plans With EE’s range of Pay As You Go (PAYG) 4GEE Mobile Broadband Plans, customers can choose from a variety of great value data allowances, starting from £15 for a data SIM which comes preloaded with 2GB of mobile data for 30 days, or with the same allowance an Alcatel L800 dongle for £50 or Alcatel Y800 Mobile Wi-Fi for £70. Customers can also top up their data on any PAYG plan from just £3 for 500MB, up to a maximum of £30 for 10GB. When a customer’s data allowance runs out, they will be directed to an EE page in their web browser so that they can top up their data through buying a data add-on – preventing any unexpected run-on costs. A range of data add-ons are available so customers can choose how much data they need or how much they want to spend, meaning they are always in control.
- Cash on Tap, mobile contactless payment offering in partnership with MasterCard. EE is also launching its first branded mobile contactless service. Cash on Tap, in partnership with MasterCard, is a quick, secure and convenient way to make payments via compatible 4GEE mobile devices and the downloadable app. The service will be accepted at over 230,000 outlets nationwide, including McDonald’s, Boots, and Greggs.EE is giving £10 credit to all eligible customers who use the service. They will receive £5 when they first activate the Cash on Tap app and then another £5 when they add any money from any UK credit or debit card for the first time. The service will be available on the following 4GEE handsets purchased from direct EE retail channels: Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia SP and Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, with more devices to be added in the coming months.
- Bright Box 2 wireless router for Fibre broadband customers EE will launch the next iteration of the wireless router later this summer. Designed to complement its superfast Fibre network, the Bright Box 2 features the latest advanced wireless ‘AC Wi-Fi’ technology, offering an even greater wireless range and less drop-off in speed when a customer moves away from the device. ‘AC Wi-Fi’ technology features in many of the latest smartphones and tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, so customers can be assured of the best connection to the superfast network at home as well as when they are out and about. EE will also be the first broadband provider in the UK to offer plug and play Fibre broadband, as the Bright Box 2 is designed to work without the requirement for an engineer house visit, allowing customers to get online as quickly as possible.
With EE rolling out 4G around the country, we had the chance to take one of their 4G sim cards out for a spin.
I used the 4G sim card in an unlocked HTC One smarphone so that I could ensure maximum compatibility.
The sim worked straight away and I was surprised that I actually managed to get 4G in various parts of Surrey. The screenshot at the top of the article shows my download speed test at 26299 kbps even though I only have one signal bar.
I took the sim into London, where I was expecting it to work perfectly. This is the result of the test at Waterloo Station – 35521 kbps, not a bad speed if I do say so myself.
I set up the wi-fi tethering on the HTC One and connected my iPhone 5 to and ran another speed test – I still got a very high sped for 32.13 Mpbs.
Using my normal 3 sim card all I could get in Waterloo Station at that time was 0.06 Mbps, so I think you will agree that is quite a difference!
There were times however when I was a little disappointed with the performance. As I mentioned, I expected Central London to have amazing speeds, but I could be standing on one side of the road with 4G and yet on the other side of the road I would only have 3G. And this happened quite a lot so I think EE have a little ways to go yet in getting consistent performance.
So if you are in an area that gets EE’s 4G coverage and you want high speed then you should seriously consider a sim card from EE, although price wise they are not the cheapest if you are not going to use it much or you are in an area that doesn’t get 4G!
Here are the current prices for a 12 month Sim only deal:
Learn more about the various EE options by visiting the EE website.
Are you using EE’s 4G service? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
EE has expanded its 4G network to 12 more towns and cities across the UK. Ashton-under-Lyne, Chatham, Gillingham, High Wycombe, Merthyr Tydfil, Oldham, Oxford, Rochester, Runcorn, Sale, Stafford and Wigan are now covered by the superfast mobile network.
EE’s 4G service is now available for 50% of the UK population in a total of 74 towns and cities, as it continues to be rolled out across the UK.
Chief Executive Officer Olaf Swantee said: “The pace of our 4G network roll out continues to keep us at the forefront of the UK mobile market.
“Just seven months after launch, we’ve covered millions of consumers and businesses with one of the fastest mobile networks in the world.”
EE has expanded its 4G network to cover an additional 12 towns in the UK. The service has now gone live in Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame and Windsor, taking the total of connected towns and cities to 62.
The latest expansion sees EE 4G reach more than 50% of the UK population and puts the company on course to meet its target of 70% coverage by the end of the year.
EE pledged to double the speed and capacity of its 4G mobile network this summer, taking average speeds to more than 20Mbps and headline speeds to 80Mbps plus.
“Our rollout of the country’s first 4G mobile network is continuing at a great pace to ensure that we are connecting people right across the UK to one of the fastest mobile networks in the world, as quickly as possible,” said EE chief executive Olaf Swantee.
“Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile internet more than any other market, and rely on it for long commutes; there is a demand for the best mobile services, and we’re working to meet that demand.
“We’re committed to rolling out 4G to 98% of the population by the end of 2014, and that includes the double-speed 4G that will launch this summer.”
EE announced earlier this month that its 4G customer base has reached 300,000 six months after its launch.
Today BT has entered a partnership with O2 to launch a high-capacity 4G network. The telecoms giant has signed a 10-year deal with its former subsidiary to provide a transmission and backhaul network for the mobile phone operator’s 4G plans.
O2, which failed to secure any of the high-end 2.6 GHz spectrum in January’s bidding war, now has the capacity it requires to support the anticipated increase in data demands when its 4G roll out begins.
The network is expected to be switched on this summer and the deal said to be worth around half a billion pounds, The Daily Telegraph reports.
“Basically this deal will mean BT giving O2 a big increase in the capacity – the amount of voice and data traffic that they can carry – between their base stations and the core network,” said an O2 spokesperson in a statement.
“So it’s not about the connection between your mobile/iPad and one of O2′s masts in the street - but it’s about where all that data and voice traffic goes from there.”
EE is currently the only UK service provider offering a 4G service, but competition in the sector is about to heat up, with rival networks just months away from launch.
Three has announced plans to undercut the Orange and T-Mobile merger by offering 4G connectivity at no extra cost.
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