Three U.K. has today announced that customers will now be able to use their U.K. allowances of calls, texts, and data in the United States and three other countries at no additional cost as part of its “fear-free” Feel At Home roaming initiative.
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Today, the popular British operator, Three U.K, officially launched its “super-fast” 4G service in three cities across the United Kingdom without warning. The carrier claims that “a few thousand” customers in London, Birmingham and Manchester have been given access to its new LTE network and by the end of February 1.5 million customers with 4G-enabled devices will have the ability to use the service.
If you’ve got a thing for super-sized smartphones and you live in the U.K., you’ll be pleased to know you can now get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The device is now available from a number of carriers and smartphone retailers, as is Galaxy Gear, the companion smartwatch that brings apps and notifications to your wrist.
Three has today provided us with more details on its 4G launch plans for the United Kingdom. The carrier aims to cover four major cities by the end of the year, but its new super-speedy service will really take off in 2014 when it increases the number of 4G locations to 42.
Now that EE is already providing 4G LTE services in the U.K., and Vodafone and O2 are scheduled to launch their own 4G networks at the end of this month, Three was the only major carrier yet to announce its rollout plans.
But the company has today confirmed that it is on track to launch 4G during the fourth quarter of this year, and that it will come at no extra cost to consumers.
O2 has today confirmed the price of its 4G price plans ahead of their rollout next Thursday, August 29. The carrier’s SIM-only plans will start from £26 ($40) per month, while those that are tied to a 4G handset start from £32 ($49) per month. All of O2’s 4G plans will also come bundled with free music, sport, and game content.
Vodafone U.K. has today announced that it will begin rolling out its new 4G network on August 29 — the same day rival O2 will launch its own 4G service. The company will reach 12 major cities across the country initially, with further expansion planned before the end of this year.
That means that by the end of this month, EE will no longer be the U.K.’s only 4G provider.
EE has been the United Kingdom’s only 4G provider for around nine months now, but at the end of this month, it’ll finally see some competition. O2 has today announced that its own 4G network will launch on August 29, with prices starting at £26 per month. The service will reach three cities initially, with ten more scheduled to be added by the end of the year.
Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S4 Mini is now available to purchase from Three U.K. The device itself is available to buy on Three’s new PAYG tariff for £349.99, or on a two-year contract starting at just £26 per month.
Three U.K. has revamped its pay-as-you-go (PAYG) pricing by introducing new, lower rates for prepaid customers who don’t sign up to one of its monthly add-ons. As of this week, customers with PAYG credit who are not using an add-on will pay just 3 pence per minute for calls, 2 pence per SMS message and 1 pence per MB of data.