Have Three potentially trumped all the other 4G-enabled networks in the UK? Making good on a promise earlier this year, the network have now confirmed that it will be providing 4G speeds to its customers for free in December of this year.
If you’re the owner of a 4G-ready handset on the Three network, and you live in London, Birmingham or Manchester, you’ll automatically be upgraded to the superfast network at no extra cost from December.
Though it’s an initially small roll-out of three cities (especially compared to EE’s current 100-city 4G count, and O2 and Vodafone today rolling out in 13 and 12 cities respectively), Three promise to have their own 4G service up and running in 50 cities by the end of 2014, and have 98% of the UK covered by their 4G network by the close of 2015.
The cherry on top of the deal? Anyone on an unlimited, all-you-can-eat data plan will still retain their sizable data allowances once the 4G service goes live.
Three customers need only access an over-the-air update to activate 4G services on their 4G-enabled handsets.
4G contracts with Three will open up with the HTC One, costing £29 up front on a £32 a month contract, offering 500 minutes of talk time, 5,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data. Handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 will also be offered.