The UK’s first 4G smartphones revealed
New superfast 4GEE network shows off its line-up of 4G phones. But no iPhone just yet…
As we’ve said before 4G is going to revolutionise mobile internet with home-broadband levels of speed on your mobile phone.
Since Everything Everywhere – the umbrella brand for Orange and T-Mobile – was awarded the first UK contract to operate a 4G mobile network, the name has been, well, everywhere. But not for much longer. It’s been renamed as 4GEE ready for the 4G launch in October 2012 and it’s already hit the headlines by revealing the first batch of 4G-ready phones.
The new 4GEE webside at ee.co.uk is providing details of where you’ll be able to receive 4G reception and on which mobiles. The first phones to offer 4G in the UK will be:
- Samsung Galaxy S III LTE
- Nokia Lumia 920
- Nokia Lumia 820
- HTC One XL
- Huawei E589
- Huawei Ascend P1 LTE
And for laptops there’s the Huawei E392 Mobile Broadband stick.
You’ll see the term ‘LTE’ used more and more over the coming months, which will tell you that a phone is 4G ready. Standing for Long Term Evolution, it means the phone supports the required frequencies and technology to send and receive the new superfast 4G mobile internet.
The first UK locations to get 4G will be centred around major cities – don’t expect 4G anywhere you can see a tree. The initial deployment will include: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Southampton.
There’s no mention of pricing as yet but we’d expect tariffs to start at the £35 a month level and upwards depending on the phone supplied.
Despite no mention of the iPhone 5 yet, if you’re bursting at the seams to find out more about Apple’s new 4G capable phone check out Tap magazine’s fully interactive Complete Guide to iPhone 5 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users.
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