We've got a number of tools in our armoury [Not weapons? Ed.] - Hazel Lewis - UK government minister
UK MOBILE OPERATOR EE switched on its 4G LTE connectivity in 10 more UK towns and cities on Wednesday, with another 19 set to go live before Christmas.
Clearly looking to steal Three's thunder, with the numerical network set to announce its 4G plans today, EE brought its 4G mobile connectivity to 10 more hotspots in the UK on Wednesday.
The 10 additional EE 4G towns and cities are Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Darlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northampton, Poole, Portsmouth and Redcar.
Those peeved that they won't be receiving 4G in time for Christmas might not be out of luck, as EE also announced that it will switch on LTE in 19 more UK towns and cities in time for the holidays, taking its total number of connected places to 160.
These towns set to get 4G imminently are Aberdeen, Braintree, Cheltenham, Chester, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Grimsby, Ipswich, Lincoln, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Peterborough, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Swindon and York.
EE CEO Olaf Swantee said, "From online banking and mobile shopping, to streaming music and using maps, 4G is enabling us to do more of our favourite things quickly and easily on the go.
"Smartphones and tablets on 4GEE are going to be a very popular present this Christmas as people across the UK continue to embrace mobile living and we make the superfast service available in even more places."
As part of Wednesday's announcement, EE also said that thanks to the arrival of 4G LTE, almost 40 percent of shoppers will do some Christmas shopping on their mobiles this year, up from 15 percent in 2012. µ