Vodafone and O2 launch 4G LTE Networks in UK
Vodafone and O2 UK have officially launched their LTE service. Though the service has gone live, Vodafone LTE service is only available in London while the O2 LTE is offered in three cities, which include London, Leeds and Bradford. These two carriers are just following the EE which introduced its LTE service a while ago, and now dominates UK LTE networks. With launching of the Vodafone and O2 services, consumers can expect more affordable services and offers and competition can get tightened.
Both companies have introduced a wide range of plans. Vodafone LTE starts at at £26 a month, offering 2 GB of data with unlimited text messages and voice minutes while the O2 UK LTE services offers only 1 GB of data for the same price, the service also includes free messages and talk time.
Both companies have announced that they will start selling 4G enabled devices soon. Meanwhile, Three UK has also announced its plan to introduce its 4G LTE services. According to the company, the network will; be launched in December 2013, with campaign starting from London, Manchester and Birmingham. Compared to other networks, it seems like Three has a much wider plan in 2014 with expectation of covering over 80% of its consumer base on the 4G network by the end of 2014 and 98% of its consumer base by 2015.
It seems all for good, tighter the competition, cheaper the services and plans will be.