EE Turns On 4G LTE Coverage In Additional UK Markets

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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.

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EE Announces Additional Rollout Of 4G LTE Service To 11 Additional Markets

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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.

 

 

Everything Everwhere Rebrands As EE, Brings “Super-Fast” 4G LTE Service To The UK

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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?

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Motorola Unveils Its New MOTOSMART Budget Phone

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Motorola has just unveiled a new entry-level device for those of you living in the UK. This device called the MOTOSMART, will operate on T-Mobile UK’s network and will feature modest specs including a 3.5-inch screen, 3MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Okay okay, so the specs are nothing to sneeze at, but wait a minute— T-Mobile UK is offering the device for a meager £7 per month on contract. Oh and Carphone Warehouse will be offering the device on a pay-as-you-go premium of only £89.99. That’s likely to turn a few heads for those who are looking to save some money.

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Pebble Blue Samsung Galaxy S III Delayed In All Of UK

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is known to be coming in both Marble White and Pebble Blue. It has previously been rumored that the blue version would be experiencing shipping delays, but they were mostly just that… rumors. Now, we have some concrete evidence, sadly, that these rumors are proving to be true.

Vodafone UK is stating that the 16GB Marble White version will indeed be available this week, but the Pebble Blue variant (and the 32GB white variant) will appear at least two to four weeks later. Clove also states folks will have to wait until at least June 5th before a Pebble Blue phone is spotted.

UK retailer Handtec isn’t even as specific, posting this on their blog:

Update Monday 28th May 2012. We have been notified that the Pebble Blue Samsung S3 will be delayed (no date confirmed) but white models are scheduled to be released on 31st May 2012. If you have ordered a blue version and would like to change to the white – please send us an email to info(@)handtec.co.uk

O2 is reporting “out of stock”, Orange has left their product page as “coming soon”, and T-Mobile UK is still taking pre-orders with no shipping date.

Finally, Tesco has posted the following on their site:

“Please note: we have been advised by Samsung that stock of the Samsung Galaxy S III in Blue has been delayed. We will despatch your pre-order as soon as stock is available.”

Any way you look at it, it’s obvious the Pebble Blue S III is delayed. There is no official word from Samsung as to why these delays are occurring, but stay tuned as we bring you any news as it comes.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Is Officially Available For Pre-Order On T-Mobile UK’s Website

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Those of you in the UK clamoring for one of those T-Mobile-branded versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III are one step closer to having the device in your sweaty hands. T-Mo has laid out its Galaxy S III price plans, while also putting the smartphone officially up for pre-order. Naturally if you’re a data-hungry chap, you’ll probably want to splurge on T-Mo’s Full Monty Plan we had previously indicated before, which includes unlimited texts and data and T-Mobile-to-T-Mobile calls. The price for that will be £49.99 on-contract to start off, then £36 per month thereafter. Those of you who are feeling a bit more frugal can go for plans starting at a not too shabby £10.50 per month, though you would have to pay a high £300.00 upfront. And finally if you want your phone truly gratis without any fee to start off with, customers can go for a £41/month plans which includes an unlimited buffet (calls/text/data).

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source: T-Mobile UK

HTC Desire C with Beats Audio is official

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One day after getting a good look at the HTC Desire C from Vodafone, HTC has made it official. The Desire C is an entry-level phone with a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display. They didn’t release processor details, but we’re expecting 600 Mhz. Other highlights include a 5MP camera, Beats Audio, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Owners will also be part of the Dropbox partnership in which they will enjoy 25GB of free storage for two years.

It will be available in your choice of black, white, or red and will be available next month on Orange, Three, and T-Mobile UK. TMo will be offering it for free for £15.50 per month for two years or if a commitment is not your cup of tea, you can grab it for £169.99 ($270) contract free.

Full press release and “First Look” video after the break.

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Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III arrives compliments of T-Mobile UK

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The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available on all major networks in the UK, but if you’re a T-Mobile UK customer and favor the Full Monty plan, you’re in luck. The GSIII will be priced at £49.99 (up front) with a monthly charge of £36 for 24 months. If you’re not familiar with the Full Monty plan, it offers unlimited data, texts, and mobile to mobile calls (same TMo network). You also get 2,000 minutes for other network calls. Unfortunately they didn’t offer up any other plans, but hopefully they will do so for those that don’t need all the bells and whistles.

source: T-Mobile UK

 

 

Ofcom stalls Everything Everywhere’s UK 4G launch

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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.

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Everything Everywhere Gearing Up To Launch A 4G LTE Network In The UK This Year?

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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

 

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