4G speeds are about to get a rocket up their behind, courtesy of EE.
As it launched the country’s first pay-as-you-go 4G plan this morning, EE also revealed that it is testing a 4G service that, at 300Mbps, could reach 10 times the speed of your current average 4G connection.
The 300Mbps service will initially be limited to those in one area of London (currently unannounced, but we’ve got our fingers crossed for Penge) and with the right sort of device. Only a Category 5 or Category 6 LTE modem can use this connection, which works by using separate parts of the spectrum at the same time, and those are currently only found in a few specialised dongles. Those dongles have all the fun.
At the more easily attainable end of the scale, EE also unveiled 4GEE Extra (also known as LTE-Advanced), which brings the 150Mbps (theoretical maximum) speeds unveiled back in July to a number of new contracts, along with inclusive roaming minutes and a unlimited minutes and texts. Plans start at £27 for 4GB data and go right up to £75 for a 50GB package. It’s worth checking that your 4G phone has a Category 4 LTE antenna before you sign up, though - the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are Category 3, so they won’t reach the dizzying speeds promised by EE Extra.
Prompted by the raft of cheaper 4G contracts available from other providers, EE also unveiled both the UK’s first pay-as-you-go 4G plan and a two-year contract that it’s calling “the UK’s most affordable”, at £18.99 for 24 months. Fifteen handsets will be available on PAYG, including the rather pleasant Nokia Lumia 625 at £150.