EE, the UK’s first 4G network, has officially unveiled pricing details for tariffs, as well as upfront costs for the initial batch of handsets that’ll take advantage of the super-fast mobile standard.
The carrier will offer a range of two-year contracts with unlimited calls and texts as standard. The cheapest plan starts from £36 a month, which gets you 500MB of mobile internet allowance, followed by £41, £46, £51 and £56 per month for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB and 8GB of data respectively.
A number of smartphones will be available for the imminent rollout. The recently launched iPhone 5 (16GB) and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will set you back £179.99 on the £36 plan. The HTC One XL and the Samsung Galaxy S3, meanwhile, will cost £149.99 each on the same tariff, and the Huawei Ascend P1 just £19.99 (free on other contracts).
EE is due to launch its 4G service across the UK on Tuesday October 30th, starting with four major UK cities: London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. 12 more cities will be added by the year’s end, including Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast – covering a population of over 20 million people.
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said: “The launch of 4G isn’t quite in the same league as man landing on the moon, but it is a step change for the mobile market. It is a hugely ambitious rollout for EE, but luckily for consumers the price for the service isn’t quite so ambitious.
“With competitive prices, inherited value-adds such as Orange’s hugely popular 2-4-1 cinema tickets and superfast mobile on the go, smartphone fans are ripe for winning over to 4G.”