It’s no surprise that EE is a pioneer in not only bringing 4G LTE devices to the UK, but bringing 4G LTE coverage to various markets and areas as well. Today the wireless carrier has announced it is flipping on the 4G LTE switch to the following markets in the UK: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. That means those of you living in one of those cities will finally be able to enjoy the true 4G speeds from today. In addition, EE has also announced a major enhancement to its existing 3G HSPA+ by upgrading its 3G pipeline to a dual-channel HSPA+… also known as DC-HSPA+ for short. The DC-HSPA+ upgrade should be ready by the end of this year and should be available to approximately 40% of all EE, Orange & T-Mobile customers with a compatible handset.
Now if we can only do something about those steer 4G LTE prices, customers will really be in business. Full details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
If you happen to be a bus rider in London and own an NFC-based device like the astounding Galaxy S III smartphone, today is a momentous day for you. Transport for London has announced its activation for contactless payments using NFC technology on 8,500 of its buses. When using the NFC payment, customers can pay the same fare as a traditional Oyster card user, which is £1.35 as opposed to the standard £2.30 cash fare. There is a catch to this technology though— customers will need to ensure their NFC-based device has a special logo in order to utilize the contactless payment technology and as of now, we only know of Orange UK’s version of the Galaxy S III having the special logo. On the other hand, there is a slim possibility that other NFC-equipped devices could potentially work, especially since there’s no mention of what exact devices are compatible exactly.
Still, today is a pretty significant breakthrough and it should be only a matter of time before we see other transport companies take advantage of this technology. We’re all looking at you New York City MTA!
It’s no secret that 4G LTE has been a luxury only to a select few in the UK, but now more customers will be able to get in on the action thanks to wireless carrier EE. It has announced it will launch the incredibly fast network service to its customers in 11 markets including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. While that’s a major start, EE doesn’t stop there as it has announced it plans to bring 4G LTE service to an additional 5 markets by year’s end. This means that those of you who plan on owning the Galaxy S III or HTC One XL will have a lot to look forward to— especially since you’ll likely be taking advantage of cutting edge features like streaming high-quality audio or video and the ability to access much more content or download faster on the go.
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?
The Santa Clara codename is finally dropped and UK’s first Intel-powered smartphone will be the San Diego. It will debut on June 6 on pay-as-you-go for £200 with a £10 credit. If contract prices is more your cup of tea, pricing will start at £15.50 per month for two years. The bad news is that it’s still running Android Gingerbread, but they say Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive in September. Make sure to check out our hands on at CTIA.
- 4.03-inch (1024 x 600) display
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom (Medfield)
- 1GB of RAM
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 16GB of storage
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 123 mm x 63mm x 9.9mm
- 117 grams
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Orange apps
Full press release after the break:
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
Well we know that ICS for the UK versions of Samsung Galaxy S II devices are on the way, but aside from Three UK pushing the update out officially— we hadn’t heard too much detail from mobile carriers highlighting when owners of the device would get the update. Mobile carrier Orange UK has finally come out and confirmed the update will arrive on devices in April, though it stopped short of indicating when exactly it will arrive. That means owners of the smartphone won’t know if they’ll get new features such as Facial Unlock until next week at the earliest, though it could be as late as the end of next month.
It could be worse for you Orange UK subscribers— other carriers such as T-Mobile UK and Vodafone hasn’t even specified to its customers when the updates will arrive on their devices. Here’s hoping you all on Orange UK will get the update (much) sooner than later.
source: CNet Crave UK
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
Those living in the UK will soon get a taste of a new Huawei-flavored tablet. The Chinese manufacturer has announced the Tahiti, which appears to be the UK cousin of the T-Mobile Springboard already sold here in the States. The tablet features Honeycomb 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch multitouch LCD screen. The tablet will launch with Orange UK and pricing will be £69.99 on a £25 per month, 24-month data plan. There’s also a bonus offer available with Orange offering a smartphone which includes both the Tahiti for free with the San Francisco II that would run you about £41 per month. Since I know those of you in the UK are interested in this cool tablet, why don’t you hit the break to see the full presser? Go on… you know you want to. Read more