At the end of October, the UK will get its first 4G network courtesy of Everything Everywhere. This is the company that runs popular UK networks Orange and T-Mobile, and customers who take out 4G contracts with either of these networks will be able to enjoy much faster web browsing speeds.
The UK joins Germany and the United States as one of the small handful of countries which have 3G connectivity. It will allow users of compatible smartphone models to browse the web on their smartphones at much faster speeds and we are used to with current 3G connections, which can even be faster than broadband connections.
In order to utilise this connection type, a 4G LTE compatible handset will be required. A number of manufacturers have begun to roll out the LTE versions of popular handsets to the UK. Samsung is one of the first, launching white, blue and grey variants of the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, and this is now available on pay monthly and SIM free deals. The manufacturer’s new Galaxy Note 2 will also work with 4G, as will the iPhone 5. The upcoming HTC One X+ will also support the connection type.
A 4G contract will be required alongside a compatible handset. The pay monthly deals offered by T-Mobile and Orange are similar in many ways to 3G contracts. The monthly price will vary by the amount of monthly texts, calls and data usage included with the tariff, as well as taking in to account whether you have made a contribution towards the value of the phone when you signed up to the contract.
4G versions of other popular smartphones will start to appear over the coming weeks, and more networks are likely to offer the connection type in the near future.