The UK 4G offering has been dominated by EE, the only network to deliver tariffs for UK users utilising the 4G superfast speed. The other networks were not too happy with EE getting the jump on them and have been eagerly preparing for the day that they too can give customers 4G service to go along with their 4G smartphones.
It looks like O2 will be next out of the gate with a 4G offering as the network has now confirmed their UK 4G LTE network will go live on August 29th. First to get the O2 4G network will be London, Leeds and Bradford on the launch day with a further 10 areas to be added before the end of the year.
Other cities to get O2 4G in 2013 will be Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh. So if you happen to live in one of these cities and you want to give 4G a try you will be lucky enough to have a choice of either EE or O2.
The UK 4G network has been provided solely by EE since October 2012 and being the first to market has certainly helped them to gain the 700,000 customers that have signed up since launch.
O2 is owned by Telefonica UK and CEO of the company, Ronan Dunne said "The full potential of 4G is as yet unexplored, but what we can be sure of is that it will allow for a whole new world of opportunity that people are now ready for. Over half of our customers say they use more data than two years ago and even more use Wi-Fi wherever they go, to always stay connected. Given this trend, there is no doubt that 4G will transform our lives, be it as consumers, in business or through public sector services."
So far not all the tariff details have been confirmed but we know that SIM only tariffs will begin at just £26 per month. O2 has said that all 4G contracts will come with a 30-day Happiness Guarantee so should you sign up and are not happy with 4G speeds you can be transferred to a standard 3G tariff.
O2 has been hinting that their UK 4G service is just around the corner with the Fit for 4G campaign giving us a teaser of what was to come with a Thumbells workout to get thumbs fit and ready for the power of 4G. So if you have been using your Thumbells and getting those thumbs ready, August 29th is the date to be fit for.
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Written by: Carmel Brown