EE announces 4G rollout on 30th October

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iPhone 5 4G

Today EE announced that it’ll officially launch its own network and 4G service on the 30th October, with existing T-Mobile and Orange customers having the option to change network and jump on the EE bandwagon. Don’t get too excited though, it’s not a nationwide rollout just yet though – the initial launch will be in 10 cities in the UK;

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Bristol
  • Liverpool
  • Cardiff
  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Glasgow
  • Sheffield

Your city not in the list? EE confirms that more cities will be activated by the end of 2012;

  • Belfast
  • Derby
  • Hull
  • Nottingham
  • Newcastle
  • Southampton

As well as this, EE say that they will have 98% coverage for their 4G service by 2014, which is good news for the rest of the country – until then though, T-Mobile and Orange customers can enjoy the best 3G coverage of any network in the UK.

Not on EE/Orange/T-Mobile? Not to fear, the rest of the 4G spectrum is being sold to other network providers such as O2 and Vodafone, and they should be up and running soon enough. You may ask what the big deal is about 4G, and why you should want it – the speeds are eye watering. On a standard 3G connection, you can get download speeds up 3-5MB. But with 4G, you can reach speeds up to 50MB which means app downloads will happen in seconds, and websites will load almost instantly. The guys over at T3 have tested the EE 4G speed (available in certain parts of Central London at the moment) and compared it with 3G on the iPhone 5, and the 4S. Here’s what they found.

What do you think of EE’s 4G Network? Will you be in a 4G enabled area right away? Let us know in the comments!

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