EE has been making strides in the UK and just announced 4G speeds available in 13 more locations. Customers in Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich are now covered. EE now covers 50 regions with 4G and with this latest rollout, covers 50 percent of the UK. The carrier also plans on rolling out 4G speeds to 30 more towns and cities by June. You can read the full press release below and if you’re looking to grab the Galaxy S 4, EE started pre-orders today. Read more
What do you do if you’re EE and have an ever-growing 4G LTE network to tout? You announce the availability of some new devices of course. EE has gone ahead and announced its plans to sell the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE and a Nexus 7 + 4G Mifi bundle. While the prices aren’t exactly competitive, EE has different price options & data bundles for both devices:
Everything Everywhere has just revealed its plans to launch the United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE network on October 30th. The carrier’s CEO, Olaf Swantee, also announced that the new network will cover ten major UK cities at launch, including London, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool.
Details remain scarce, as pricing hasn’t been determined just yet. However, this news arrives on the same day as the company released its first slew of LTE-capable devices. And, just yesterday the carrier made it known that it would be offering the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE. Read on for the carrier’s full statement.
The United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE carrier, Everything Everywhere, has announced that it will be receiving the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The 5.5-inch beast will join the carrier’s other LTE-capable handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, which are both available beginning today. Customers interested in the Note II LTE, however, will have to wait until October 15th to get their hands on the device.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE will have access to EE’s newly introduced 4G LTE network, there’s no word on when exactly the new service will officially launch. This means users who sign up for a new contract will have to do so under an Orange or T-Mobile plan, and then proceed to switch to Everything Everywhere once its LTE network is ready. Pricing remains a mystery, though its expected to set you back a pretty penny when it’s all said and done.
We’re already familiar with Huawei’s Ascend P1, and the next logical step for Huawei is to offer that same experience in an LTE flavor. Huawei has officially announced the upcoming availability of the Ascend P1 LTE in the UK exclusively on the recently announced EE (everything everywhere) network. As a refresher, here are the specs of the LTE device:
- 2000mAh battery
- 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (540×960) display
- Corning Gorilla Glass2
Those aren’t bad specs at all, and of course EE and Huawei are promising “ultra-fast mobile communication” with this device. We’re anxious to see how these new devices will perform on the newly announced network. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
Happy days are here for those of you living in the UK. First Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam title and now Everything Everywhere has announced its new brand and model called EE. While EE may sound somewhat ominous— especially since it’s linked to both Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, it brings something that all have been waiting for— the official launching of a true 4G LTE network. This new 4G LTE will bring as EE calls it, “super-fast” mobile service for customers. For now, EE has confirmed the London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham markets are all live at this time, though markets like Derby, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton should have 4G LTE by Christmas of this year. To celebrate, EE will launch 4G LTE capable devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One XL and the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE smartphones.
Now that the excitement is certainly out there, interested parties will want to see additional details— so why not hit the break to see the full press release from EE?
Good news residents of the UK, you’ll be able to get your hands on HTC’s latest and greatest Android devices imminently. T-Mobile and Orange, collectively known as Everything Everywhere have announced that the One X and One S will be available online and in store from Thursday 5th April.
You’ll be able to pick up a One X for free on a £41 per month tariff and the One S for free for £36 per month. All that’s left to decide is which of these two top notch devices tickles your fancy. Click the respective links to register your interest with either network.
Barely two weeks ago we brought you the news that the UK’s largest Network Everything Everywhere was set to launch the UK’s first ever 4G Network. I’m afraid, fellow Brits, that you’ll have to put the champagne on ice for the time being as UK
spoilsports Regulators Ofcom has delayed giving its approval in order to give competitors more time to respond to the deal. When Ofcom granted initial approval earlier this month, rival networks were given until April 17th to come forward with any issues. Vodafone, O2 and Three were all quick to voice concerns and subsequently the deadline to log issues has been pushed back to May 8th.
As an Android enthusiast who has been waiting patiently for 4G networks to arrive in the UK this setback is a massive blow. While the rest of the world seem to be welcoming more carriers to the 4G party and upping speeds, the UK remains years behind. Hopefully all of the squabbling doesn’t stand in the way of progress for too long, the value of shaving an extra couple of seconds of that Angry Birds download cannot be overlooked.
UK readers let us know your thoughts on the UK 4G fiasco in the comments below.
source : The Verge
Everything Everywhere is one step closer to getting LTE set up. In a detailed proposal today, U.K. regulator Ofcom has given Everything Everywhere permission to reassign it’s 2G spectrum to a new LTE network this year. This comes before Ofcom holds a 4G auction for the remaining carriers to get their LTE spectrum, scheduled for Q4 2012. Ofcom has given EE’s competitors until April 17 to register their opposition, which of course they will, but it seems like Ofcom has already reached the conclusion that this will not stifle competition. Once they give their final approval, EE is free to begin launching LTE this year.
The result of the merger between T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, EE has ample spectrum to spare, setting aside the 1800MHz band for LTE. Competing operators use this same frequency for their GSM networks, but EE hasn’t filled up licenses with 2G. Repurposing spectrum to LTE is occurring with greater frequency (no pun intended) around the world. Three Italia is converting their 1800MHz band to LTE, and even in the U.S., carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are recycling.
Vodafone, Three U.K., and O2 are depending on the 2.6GHz and 800MHz frequencies that Ofcom is auctioning off, but even after they get their airwaves, they are going to have to wait to use it. The 800MHz band is currently being used for analog TV broadcasts, and will not be cleared until next year or longer while the U.K. transitions to a digital standard.
source: ofcom proposal (pdf)
Everything Everywhere, the result of the merger with T-Mobile UK and Orange UK several years back have officially announced their plans to get 4G LTE to the masses some time this year. As long as they can jump through all the hurdles of the regulatory side of things, that is, folks in the UK could be experiencing some faster speeds on their devices by year’s end. The carrier has already trialed LTE on their 800 MHz in rural Cornwall and they plan on trialing some more on the 1800 MHz spectrum as well.
Only time will tell if the carrier is officially able to launch 4G LTE speeds this year, especially since the UK 4G LTE spectrum auction has been experiencing some delays and legal challenges when it comes to dividing the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands among the four major operators. Everything Everywhere is currently a step ahead of the game however, in that it’s currently testing LTE on its existing 1800 MHz 2G spectrum. Three UK, O2 and Vodafone, patiently await the final outcome of the decision for the division of the 800 MHz spectrum which is also used for analog TV signals, in addition to the 2600 MHz bands. They’re just waiting on word from Ofcom for the official approval to use the spectrum for LTE. Using LTE on the 1800 MHz could possibly prove to be more ideal and a happy medium between the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrums due to its wider range of coverage and greater signal concentration.
Again, stay tuned to TA as we continue to provide coverage on the UK 4G LTE roll-out because even though Everything Everywhere has made an official announcement, most of us know how long it can take to officially roll-out a new network. In addition, equipment in the field will require major upgrades as well as handsets will need to be created for the new services to work with. At this point, the only major thing that can slow the carrier down would be having to wait on Ofcom for an official decision. Otherwise, the company could easily land itself in the spotlight as the first major carrier to bring real 4G to the UK. In the meantime, users will have to settle for HSPA+ 21 with 42 Mbps trials underway. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
source: Everything Everywhere