EE, the U.K.’s first and only 4G LTE carrier, revealed its latest network expansion and 4G LTE plans last night. This is a huge benchmark for the company as it strives to stand out from other competitors when they eventually unveil their 4G LTE services later this year.
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EE has expanded its rapidly-growing 4G LTE network yet again to cover an additional 12 markets across the United Kingdom. This expansion brings the total number of markets up to 74, and EE claims its 4G services now covers more than 50% of the U.K. population.
EE, the U.K.’s first and only 4G carrier, has confirmed to Cult of Android that it will carry the Galaxy S4 Mini from launch. The device will be available on EE’s super speedy 4G LTE network, as well as its 3G networks under the Orange and T-Mobile UK brands.
EE is currently the United Kingdom’s only 4G LTE network – it launched back in July 1 2010, under the name Everything Everywhere, which the management team decided to shorten to EE in September 2012. EE thrives on providing super fast 4G LTE internet to customers based in the UK, and starting today it launched its first 30-day SIM-only plans for smartphones.
EE has today announced that its 4G network is now available in another 12 towns across the United Kingdom, bringing the total number of 4G connected towns and cities to 62 in just six months following its launch. That’s 50% of the U.K. now covered by 4G, and EE is aiming to increase that to 70% by the end of the year.
EE has announced plans to double its 4G LTE network speeds in ten U.K. cities by the summer. The move will boost headline speeds to 80Mbps, and increase the average speed to 20Mbps for both new and existing subscribers. The carrier says this is part of its ambition to “stay one step ahead” as rival carriers prepare to launch their own 4G networks in the coming months.
If there were a flagship phone launching without 4G LTE capabilities, we’d be a little concerned. That’s why we’re not too surprised about EE’s latest announcement regarding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV’s LTE support for its fast-growing 4G network.
Samsung has confirmed it will announce the much-anticipated Galaxy S IV at a public launch event in New York City’s Times Square on March 14, but until then, the details surrounding the handset’s design and specifications remain a mystery.
Recent reports have offered hints at what the new device may offer, and according to the latest, there will be two versions — one powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and one powered by Samsung’s eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chip. But why do we need two?
Following its much-anticipated unveiling on Tuesday, the HTC One is now available to pre-order in the U.K. from the official HTC Store and from a number of third-party providers. The SIM-free model is priced at £519.99 (approx. $803) with 32GB of internal storage, but the handset can be obtained for free on two-year contracts for £36 (approx. $56) per month.
It’s available in black and silver, but there’s no sign of the red model that HTC has been advertising on its website.
EE has today announced plans to rollout its 4G LTE network to another 27 towns in the United Kingdom by June 2013, expanding its 4G coverage to 55% of the U.K. population. The carrier is currently the only network to offer a 4G service in the U.K., but its latest announcements comes as rivals begin making preparations for their own 4G services.