After a good eight-month lead, EE will finally have some competition for the hugely-faster data 4G network from O2, which will offer 4G services in London, Leeds and Bradford late August, from £26 a month.
While that coverage map won't reach Britain's nether regions quite like EE can (which is currently offering 95 cities 4G services), O2 will be powering 10 more cities with 4G before the year's out, and presumably even more thereafter.
Good news if you live in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, Sheffield, Manchester or Edinburgh, as they're the 10 cities O2 will be connecting by the end of 2013.
While O2 hasn't outlined its full 4G plans (beyond confirming they won't offer unlimited data), their tariffs will start at £26 a month -- hopefully that contract comes with a free smartphone to place it squarely in competition with EE (though EE's SIM-only deals start at £21, and shared plans at £12/month.) However, there's one catch -- O2's network won't be compatible with the iPhone 5. Good thing we've got a bunch of great 4G handsets from Android manufacturers to contend with, then.
More details when we hear them. In the meantime, wontcha hurry up with your 4G plans, Vodafone and Three?