It’s no secret that Three has been lagging behind its competitors when it comes to 4G coverage – the company still doesn’t offer any coverage in the UK, making it one of the last networks to jump on board. This December will change all of that however as it begins to roll out coverage across the UK, starting with four major cities in 2013.
But which areas will benefit? Well for now it’s just London, Birmingham, Manchester and Reading that will get super-fast Christmases, but the company hopes to add another 42 cities on top of that in 2014, with a planned 98% of the UK’s population being covered by 2015. The updates throughout next year will apply up and down the country, from Aberdeen to Brighton. This coverage will also extended to nearby towns – Birmingham alone will include Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, meaning everyone will be able to get in on the 4G goodness.
Three’s best estimates suggest that their service will offer 14Mps which, while obviously faster than its other services, is notably slower than EE’s own offer of 24Mps in double speed areas.
What the service lacks in speed however, Three pledges to make up for in pricing. The company has previously stated that it will not charge anymore for its 4G service than it already does for 3G, promising a seamless transition to the network along with it. As for the cheapest option, you can expect to pay as little as £12.90 when signing up for its all-you-can-eat plan. So you might not be getting quite the experience that others are offering, but at least you’ll be paying a whole lot less.
With Three finally getting up to speed, the majority of major phone networks have now revealed their 4G cards. Which networks and offers appeal most to you? Let us know in the comments section below.