UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE has announced that its first LTE smartphones will go on sale in the UK today, following last night's decision that it can roll out 4G services this year as planned.
Although they won't arrive with 4G speeds from the get go, the LTE enabled Iphone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 are now available to order. Customers will first have to buy the phones on a 3G price plan with either Orange or T-Mobile before being upgrading to EE's 4G network, which it is promising will arrive "within weeks."
There's no word yet as to when the 4G LTE enabled Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets will go on sale, although they are expected to arrive on the network in early November.
The price plan details remain a mystery too, and EE was unable to give us any further information. We can't help but think that this is because 4G LTE tariffs in the UK are going to have eye-watering prices, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Pippa Dunn, chief marketing officer at EE said, "We're delighted to now be offering our customers a range of 4G ready smartphones to choose from.
"Not only can they use their phones straight away on the UK's biggest 3G network, but they can also have the opportunity to be amongst the first to benefit from superfast 4G mobile speeds when we launch our EE brand." µ