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Gizmodo UK readers are being given a glimpse into the future, as the first consumers to experience 4G connectivity in Britain.

The UK edition of the technology blog has been selected as an exclusive O2 partner as it trials 4G mobile broadband.

And as such, selected Gizmodo UK readers are to receive Samsung B3730 dongles, enabling them to access super-fast mobile broadband.

Those taking part in the trial will feed real-time performance data and anecdotal information back to O2.

This will help improve understanding of the capabilities and benefits of 4G technology, ahead of an anticipated launch in 2013.

Kat Hannaford, Editor of Gizmodo UK, said the firm was "thrilled" to have been selected by O2 to participate in the landmark trial.

"Judging by our readers' reactions, 4G is set to become the biggest new launch the UK market will have seen for years," she said.

"The lure of 4G trials saw our most-commented article so far with 400 comments to date, highlighting readers' enthusiasm for O2's exciting upcoming speeds."

Rob Joyce, Head of O2's 4G pilot, claimed the announcement of the trial has provoked "real excitement" around the future of mobile broadband networks.

He said it was "fantastic to see" such a high level of interest in super-fast dongle services.

"Along with businesses and industry bodies, we want consumers and tech experts to get on board and really push our trial network to achieve its full potential. And who better that the readers of Gizmodo UK to do just that," Mr Joyce stated.

4G technology has already rolled out in the US, Sweden and many other countries around the world, but is not expected to arrive in the UK until at least 2013 at least.

Ofcom is set to auction off 4G radio spectrum to mobile service providers in the second half of 2012.

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