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Vodafone outs Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 as its first 4G phones

Says 4G network will launch in Spring
Fri Oct 26 2012, 12:15
Galaxy Note 2 smartphone with S Pen

CRIMSON MOBILE OPERATOR Vodafone has revealed that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 handsets on its 4G network when it launches that next Spring.

The mobile network announced the news today, touting Samsung's best-selling Galaxy smartphones as leading its debut 4G smartphone line-up. Vodafone is also making it easy for existing customers to switch to an LTE handset following the rollout, as part of its "4G Promise" scheme.

It told The INQUIRER, "Provided a pay monthly customer has been with us for at least three months, they can come into a store and ask to switch to ultra-fast 4G. We'll take back their old phone, knock 70 [percent] off their remaining contract charges and give them a new 4G phone and a new 4G contract."

However, Vodafone was quick to point out that this only applies to Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets bought on or after 26 October and that phones must be returned in a reasonable state.

The company has yet to tell us how much contracts will cost on its 4G network, but if its prices are anything like EE's tariffs, we're not sure we want to know anyway.

The network's "4G Promise" also assures punters that Vodafone's high-speed LTE connectivity will be available to 98 percent of the population by 2015. We'll see.

Update
Vodafone has been in touch to let us know that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note won't necessarily be its first 4G handsets, but said that they are eligible for its 4G trade it program. We'll bring you more details as we get them. µ

 

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