The Three network has confirmed it has started to switch on 4G for its subscribers. The news comes in a press release, saying the upgrade began on 2 December, and select customers with a 4G ready smartphone will soon be seeing 4G connection speeds when in the right area. Although Three isn’t the first to bring 4G to its customers – EE started the trend, and has been followed by Vodafone and O2 – it is the first not to ask for extra money.
As 4G is an expensive addition on most networks, this is very welcome news, and should see Three attract some new fans over the coming months. What it hasn’t done is confirm where its 4G network can be found at the moment, but does say it’s a limited rollout. We can expect to see more locations added in January though, and the aim is to cover 50 cities by the end of 2014, and 98 percent of the population by the end of 2015.
Three’s 4G announcement is joined by an extension of its Feel at Home service, where the minutes, texts and data on a normal tariff can be used when roaming abroad too. The latest additions are the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau, which join other countries including Australia, Ireland and Italy.
The network boasts a subscriber base of nearly eight million, and says it added 300,000 more over the past three months. We have a feeling that number is only going to increase once Three’s 4G starts to take off.