Vodafone UK delaying 4G LTE launch until September, likely waiting for iPhone and Lumia 925
UK mobile operator Vodafone is set to wait until this coming September until the company looks to launch its 4G LTE upgrade, according to The Guardian. The newspaper states Vodafone will miss the original target window of summer to launch 4G services and compete with EE. It's believed the delay will be in place for a compatible iPhone, but we could also be witnessing support for Nokia's new flagship.
Vodafone will be utilising 800MHz and 2600MHz, which isn't currently supported by the iPhone 5 in Europe (the device works with 1800MHz frequencies used by rival EE). Some Windows Phones support multiple LTE bands, so we could also be seeing a delay for the Nokia Lumia 925 (which will be made available later this year). Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao had the following to say on the roll-out:
It wouldn't be a far-fetched idea for Vodafone to want to sport both the iPhone and Lumia 925 when pushing its 4G network upgrades. This also provides the company more time to get everything in place and mobile phone plans finalised to really drive 4G into the UK market. It appears as though mobile networks in the UK aren't in a hurry to tackle EE's 4G dominance and are instead opting to launch LTE when ready.
For the time being, should you reside in the UK and wish to take advantage of LTE speeds, you'll be required to check EE out. We'll continue to recommend consumers to wait until other major operators join EE in the 4G realm, which should drive down pricing and by that point we should see better coverage for consumers.
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the lte spots of EE are a joke and the prices - oh boy
That along with the fact that TMN merges their accounts with MEO.
My iPhone on O2 here in the UK can quite happily act as a hotspot, and be usable for my 920 (the 920 is with Vodafone UK and we don't get any 3G here - Vodafone has no intention to upgrade us to 3G either) and Nexus 10.
Lovely country though :D
It wasn't. Their hotspots are barely 3G and that's because anyone can use them, even those who aren't Vodafone clients. Therefore they downgrade those services. Only Vodafone clients are able to access the 4G but they have to pay for it. And it's quite a lot. I've decided to NOT get a 4G contract because the difference of price between the 3G and 4G was outrageous.
even their 2g n 3g are using Nokia n Samsung Technology, thats the main reason when their 3g was soooo delay.
EE could also drop their prices to match Three when Three gain 4G coverage.
Anyway, who cares about Vodafone. Vodafone stated that their network will be charging a premium for 4G and that it is the right way to go, on the other hand Three will be giving access to 4G for all its customers at no extra cost. I know which network i'll be on!