Three UK’s 4G Network to Go Live in December


Three UK has become the final major UK network to confirm when it will offer a 4G LTE service to its subscribers. According to the company, it will switch on its high-speed data connection in December, several months after its competitors, but there is one key difference which could make it worth the wait.

As promised¬†Three won’t be charging any extra for 4G to its existing subscribers, so whatever you pay them each month now, will be the same if you opt for a 4G plan. Providing your device is compatible with 4G, an over-the-air software update will be all that’s needed to see it up and running too.

The news gets even better, as it’s not going to hobble its 3G tariffs for 4G, so if you have unlimited data now, then it’ll remain unlimited on 4G. This is a considerable change from Three’s competition, where all 4G tariffs have a fixed amount of data attached, sometimes as low as 500MB per month.

Three’s announcement comes in the same week as Vodafone and O2 activate their 4G networks, catching up with EE, which launched the UK’s first 4G LTE network late last year.

Like the others Three will be staggering its 4G rollout, with London, Birmingham and Manchester first on the list. Three promises 50 UK cities will be covered by the end of next year, with the rollout speeding up in January 2014. It has not confirmed the exact launch date yet, saying only that it will start in December.

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