UK MOBILE OPERATOR Three has coughed up some more details about its upcoming 4G LTE network, revealing that it will go live in four UK cities in December.
Updating its website to show that it will soon be able to compete with EE, O2 and Vodafone, Three has revealed that its 4G network will debut in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Reading, coverage that will also bring LTE access to Oldham, Dudley, West Bromich and Wolverhampton.
The mobile network has also revealed for the first time that its 4G network will be available in a further 42 cities next year. We won't name all those places here, but the full list is available on Three's updated website.
It might be the last major UK network to switch on 4G services, but Three has a major advantage over rival operators as it will be offering high-speed 4G connectivity at no extra cost. Three boasts on its website, "We think everyone should enjoy the wonders of 4G, with no catches. So when we start rolling out 4G, we'll nudge up our customers who have a 4G Ready device at no extra cost. No hefty price tag. No extra charges. No expensive new phones or contracts. And no fuss."
Those who already have a 4G-ready device will be able to access the network once a free software update has been installed, Three explained, and won't have to sign up to a new contract.
However, it looks like this free rollout might come at a price, as Three is promising on its website that 4G speeds will reach around "14Mbps", while EE is promising speeds of between 24Mbps and 30Mbps.
However, it could be that Three is looking not to over-promise, with customers likely to complain if speeds are not as the network is claiming. Here at The INQUIRER we're able to reach speeds of 26Mbps on the operator's DC-HSDPA network while Three promises just 12Mbps speeds - so it's likely the firm's 4G network will be faster than stated.
Of course we'll find out more when its 4G mobile network goes live in three months time. µ
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