Vodafone UK 4G Rollout – By Helen of ShopMobilePhones
Vodafone UK 4G Rollout
Vodafone’s 4G network is well under way and plans to cover 98% of the population by 2015. The fourth generation mobile internet service promises a speedy online experience while you’re on the go, with speedy downloads of pictures, videos, music and more.
Mobile network Vodafone has expanded its 4G rollout in the UK, providing more of its customers with a new super-fast LTE connection. Vodafone has been one of the last UK networks to turn on its 4G signal and beam it around the country, but service is now well under way.
So far 36 cities and towns in the UK have access to 4G, with Vodafone aiming to deliver to 200 by the end of the year. The company which prides itself on its super-fast internet and all you can eat data plans is hoping to have covered the whole of the UK by the end of 2015.
Vodafone’s main rivals EE, O2 and Three secured and released their 4G service earlier but have passed extra charges on to the consumer for the upgrade. Vodafone on the other hand have upgraded every customer’s 3G to 4G at no extra cost, providing they have a 4G compatible device and are in a coverage area.
So far the major UK cities like London, Birmingham, Reading, Manchester and Liverpool have all been granted 4G access. Vodafone serves around 7.9 million customers across the UK, since commencing their 4G launch in December they have done reasonably well in serving the largest zones with LTE. Of Vodafone’s active user base, 1.7 million of those customers have 4G capable devices which means demand for the service may not be so huge considering the areas of the country already covered.
Vodafone is tempting customers with a range of tariffs with generous data limits (3GB, 5GB and 9GB), available with both new device deals and on SIM-only contracts. A ‘Data Test Drive’, which gives customers three months of unlimited data, is also on offer, although data limits will be reinstated after that initial period.
It’s also partnered with Spotify and Sky Sports to offer new customers a free six-month subscription to either service via its 4G plans. The Spotify app gives access to millions of songs on your phone or tablet, while the Sky Sports app provides an on-the-go sports fix with Sky Sports 1 and 2 – including matches from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and more.
Vodafone claims its 4G speeds are up to six times faster than its 3G speeds (which currently average 7.2Mbps). However, Vodafone’s technical team told us the average 4G speeds are significantly lower than this, at around 21Mbps.
Bear in mind that you’ll only be able to receive the 4G service in areas with 4G coverage. When entering non-4G regions, your phone will automatically switch to 3G and revert back again when 4G coverage returns.