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Smartphone-fanciers who sign up for a 4G plan on Vodafone today qualify for free access to all Sky Sports channels, as the carrier marks the launch of its 4G-ready contracts with a limited-period promo.

Announced earlier this month, Voda’s Red 4G contracts combine use of its new next-generation network (speeds are ‘typically six times faster than 3G’) with a free deal sweetener in the form of Spotify Mobile or Sky Sport Mobile TV. The latter enables subscribers to watch Sky Sports 1 on their handset via an app.

However, from today until August 18th (that’s the opening weekend of the Premier League season, fact fans) Red 4G customers who choose the Sky Sports option will also get free access to all six Sky Sports channels for up to two years.

This includes the four main Sky Sports channels, as well as the dedicated Formula One station, Sky F1, and Sky Sports News, all of which can be watched on users’ smartphones wherever they are over 3G or Wi-Fi.

The tie-in with Sky comes as Voda today launches its 4G-ready plans, so that customers can sign up for the service ahead of its official launch on August 29th. That’s the same day that O2 launches its 4G offering.

Voda’s 4G SIM only contracts start at £26 per month, which puts them on a par with O2’s entry-level SIM only 4G contract and also means they’re a not-to-be- sneezed-at £5 per month cheaper than EE’s lowest priced SIM only contract.

Initially, Red 4G is solely available in London, but will be live in 12 more cities by the end of the year. These are Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

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Vodafone blog

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