Three 4G - Launching in December, 2013 in London, Reading, Birminham and Manachester.
Now that EE, O2 and Vodafone have all launched a 4G network, Three 4G is the only one left to come, but it may well be worth the wait as Three has reconfirmed that its 4G service will be available at no additional cost.
That means that if you have a contract with Three and are using a 4G-ready device you’ll automatically start receiving 4G once the Three 4G network launches. That will happen through a software update that will be pushed to your phone without you having to sign a new contract or shell out any more money.
Customers who don’t already have a 4G-ready device will of course have to upgrade their handset before they’ll be able to use the service, but the contract prices will be the same as those currently offered by Three, so the price should still be reasonable.
Three will also be the only network to offer unlimited 4G data, so you’ll be able to take full advantage of the new blazing fast speeds on Three 4G without being in any danger of going over your data limit.
The combination of low prices, no extra charges for existing customers and unlimited data bundles should make Three a force to be reckoned with, despite the fact that Three 4G is the last to launch and will have some catching up to do in terms of coverage.
However that catch-up may not take too long either as Three has now confirmed that it will be launching its 4G network in December, initially covering London, Birmingham and Manchester. By the end of the year Three 4G will also be available in Reading, Oldham, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
Three has even gone so far as to outline its coverage plans for 2014, stating that by the end of next year 42 more cities will have Three 4G coverage, bringing the total up to 50. Those 42 additions have been named as Aberdeen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Kingston Upon Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Stockport, Swindon, Watford and York.
Following on from that, Three 4G should be available to 98% of the UK population by the end of 2015, which is in line with O2 and Vodafone’s plans and at most a year later than the date when EE will have provided coverage to 98% of the UK.
In other words Three is set to catch up fast and by the end of 2015 Three 4G will be just as widespread as any other networks 4G service and potentially a whole lot cheaper. While for those who live in London, Birmingham or Manchester the wait for affordable 4G will be over in just a few months.
By Kevin Thomas on 02nd September, 2013