Three have begun running a new advertising campaign pushing their "Ultrafast" network as an alternative to expensive 4G networks. Now the operator has announced that they'll be adding 4G to the service at no additional cost later this year.
Three won't be able to offer 4G LTE in the UK until later this year , but when the network launches it'll be added to all existing and new "Ultrafast" tariffs without any additional cost. This is great news for consumers and is sure to make Three a popular choice with internet fiends.
Three already own some 1800 Mhz spectrum which they bought from EE to provide 4G , but they cant begin using it until September. They are also expected to bid in the 4G auctions, but initially it makes more sense to use the 1800 MHz spectrum to provide 4G because it's already widely supported on 4G mobile devices.
Until then consumers can still use Three's DC-HSDPA network (Ultrafast) which is twice as fast as standard 3G connections and is only slightly slower than 4G when it comes to real-word performance. Coverage has already reached 50 per cent which will rise to 80 per cent before the end of this year.
Three currently offer a number of "Ultrafast" ready devices including the iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 920 and the Apple iPad. In the next month Three will also add the Samsung Galaxy SIII , Galaxy Note 2 and the Blackberry Z10 to the range.
The good news is that all of the smartphone (listed above) support the 1800 MHz spectrum which Three will use to provide 4G LTE later this year. This means you can buy them now and enjoy Three's Ultrafast network and not have to upgrade your smartphone to enjoy 4G !
One thing that hasn't been confirmed is whether you'll get the same amount of inclusive data when Three rolls out its 4G network. Three currently offer unlimited data on a lot of its tariffs and we doubt whether that would carry over when their 4G network lands, but we'll have to wait and see.
By Simon Thomas on 04th February, 2013