EE officially launches its 4G network in the UK

 

As reported before, Everything Everywhere ( EE ) is officially launching its ultra fast 4G network today in the United Kingdom. Interested customers have been able to sign up for the new carrier for some time now, but today EE is finally launching its service.

The 4G network is available in ten cities across the Kingdom: London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. However, EE has promised that by the end of the year five additional cities will be added to this list, with further wide-spread adoption in 2013.

If you want to take advantage of the new service you’ll have to sign up for one of their 4G contracts which, as we already know, don’t come cheap at all. If you actually do the decide to sign up you can pick and choose from a rather nice list of devices including the new Nokia Lumia 920, the iPhone 5 and the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Hopefully prices will drop next year when other carriers will start to offer 4G services but until then you’re pretty much stuck with EE. Give us a shout below if you’re excited by the launch.

Source: The Next Web

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Firstly LTE isn't strictly 4G at all, more like a very good version of 3G. Also they are launching LTE on US-like bands making European LTE phones incompatible with their LTE. When LTE comes to Vodaphone and O2 using standard European bands, EE's customer's handsets won't be compatible with their LTE (so 3G only).

Next it's very expensive with a tiny data allowance, and that EE's new film service doesn't count towards your data allowance is a massive breach of net neutrality, not illegal but very immoral.

A massive fail of release.

Edited by thealexweb, Oct 31 2012, 4:38am :

Neocon should do a story about the atrocious launch day. Turns out that sim only contracts AREN'T launching today and that Orange and T-Mobile customers who ordered the iPhone 5 on EE's advice are being told they need to buy out their existing contract to upgrade.

Furthermore, those of us who WERE able to upgrade without paying penalties couldn't because both the in store and telephone systems have been down all day. Advised to go back tomorrow. Pretty unbelievable considering the time they had to plan it.

Without unlimited data usage it's pointless. I rather stay on my unlimited 3G data plan for £36 a month.

I_Kaplan said,
Without unlimited data usage it's pointless. I rather stay on my unlimited 3G data plan for £36 a month.

Giffgaff offers unlimited data for £12 a month, why are you paying £36 0.o

thealexweb said,

Giffgaff offers unlimited data for £12 a month, why are you paying £36 0.o

I've bought a contract from T-Mobile when the iPhone 5 came out, I get unlimited text, data, mobile minutes.

I_Kaplan said,

I've bought a contract from T-Mobile when the iPhone 5 came out, I get unlimited text, data, mobile minutes.

24 Month plan? And was the phone 'free'?

I_Kaplan said,

Yes 24-month contract and I paid £109 for the phone.

So over two years your gonna end up paying 109 + (24x36) = £973. If you'd bought the phone outright and gone on Giffgaff you'd have ended up paying 529 (presuming 16GB model, add on £79 for 32GB) + (24 x 12) = £817 PAYG is nearly always cheaper, on Giffgaff you'd get truly unlimited texts and data but for calls, they'd be truly unlimited to other giffgaff users and you'd have 250 mins to users on other networks,

DrScouse said,
3g is more than adequate for mobile internet... Thought they would have been better off improving coverage...

And making their 3G faster, 80% of the time when I'm on 3G or 3G+ it feels like 2G. But in some locations I do get a proper 3G/3G+ speed but that's only 20% of the time. LTE does offer a speed improvement, a big thing is the ping times. I see LTE rarely go over 100ms but 3G can easily go 300ms+.

Am I missing something or do they have NO 30day rolling or pay as you go plans?
I already have an unlocked iPhone 5... I don't want or need a 12 or 24 month contract with a phone...

SteveMackinnon said,
Am I missing something or do they have NO 30day rolling or pay as you go plans?
I already have an unlocked iPhone 5... I don't want or need a 12 or 24 month contract with a phone...

They want to move the industry that way because it's significantly more profitable than PAYG.

Its a good thing we are getting 4G. But I feel no one in the UK really cares or even knows about it. Most people wont adopt it until there's the same wide spread coverage like with 3G and then when the costs go down. I pay £10 a month for 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of internet. Why would I want to pay £36 just for 4G speeds. There will be educated consumers who have valid reasons for wanting 4G and then lots of uninformed people who will buy it because its the newest thing.

This is why they shouldn't have let EE have complete control of the 4G launch in the UK. No competition, no competitive prices.

drazgoosh said,
This is why they shouldn't have let EE have complete control of the 4G launch in the UK. No competition, no competitive prices.

LTE will likely come next year from a few networks, once that arrives EE will be forced to lower their prices.

torrentthief said,

LTE will likely come next year from a few networks, once that arrives EE will be forced to lower their prices.

First they have to buy the bandwidth, then they'll upgrade the masts (no point upgrading if they don't get a piece of the spectrum), then they will offer packages.

I'm thinking mid to late 2014 *at the earliest* giving EE a monopoly (in very limited areas) for two years..

mrbester said,

First they have to buy the bandwidth, then they'll upgrade the masts (no point upgrading if they don't get a piece of the spectrum), then they will offer packages.

I'm thinking mid to late 2014 *at the earliest* giving EE a monopoly (in very limited areas) for two years..

3 Is launching LTE in the first half of next year and O2 and Vodaphone and launching in the 2nd half on next year.

Teebor said,
EE launches 4G in the UK, nobody notices

This morning, I heard the cries:

"It doesn't go any faster than my old 3G connection"
...
"That's because it isn't 4G, it's LTE..."

I'm excited but the pricing is just far too high. Lumia 920, £129.99 on a £36/month contract, ouch!

Also spag error in the article, "If you actually do the[sic] decide to sign up...."